|Kim Meldrum with a 9.9kg fish taken
in the 10 minutes of arriving on the first night.
It was time to put pen to paper so to speak, on yet another
Mulloway article. Great just what we need! But this article has
a few twists and it's fly-fishing.
It started for us towards the end of winter 2000 in the magnificent
Swan River. The Black Bream fishing throughout winter was very
rewarding with many good fish to 2kg and over. Once the water
began to clear up and the fish were starting to move back up river,
we started turning our attention to major structure's thinking
this should hold a few fish. This particular bridge with all that
great timber, supported thousands of vehicles commuting to and
from work every day. It was going to be the next hot spot, what
a hot spot it turned out be. Kim Meldrum was first to experience
the extraordinary fishing that was going to become the rage for
a number of local fly-fishers.
Kim's first few attempts resulted in several Black Bream. But
some of these fish were pulling far to hard to have been Bream,
and if they were Bream they would have be in the 20lb class. I
received a phone call from Kim a few days latter and he recounted
the unstoppable fish under the bridge. I thought that's enough
The following weekend saw us both under the bridge. I could
not believe what was happening we were hooking and loosing fish
at a rate of knots. Kurt Blanksby and Ryan Whinthorpe joined us
and it was on for young and old. What followed were 5am starts
followed by adrenalin rushes just walking to the spot. Talk about
itchy feet. With straightened 2/0 hooks, broke fly lines and the
look of disbelief on shocked anglers faces was something to behold.
As was previously written in an article by Kurt Blanksby, Ryan
nailed a fish of 8kg. When you consider they were coming from
an area no bigger than your average kitchen surrounded by ten
to twelve wooden pylons, it was a great effort. Many fish were
hooked and lost; I was lucky to land fish of 5 and 6kg.
The one thing that really took us by surprise was that fact
that these fish were taking a fly no more than 2 inches long.
How they can even see this fly in discoloured water still puzzles
me today. Some of these fish were in the 30lb class and we had
no chance of landing them. Eventually this school of fish moved
on so a major re-think was in order. With what we had just experienced
a boat was next on the agenda.
|Kim pleased with this fish 8kg.
Within a few weeks I purchased a Quintrex Explorer, had it painted,
installed a floor and casting platform fitted a 25hp Mercury outboard,
and topped it off with a Lowrance X75 sonar. It's amazing what
a species of fish can do to ones bank account. But what had transpired
over the next few months and continues to happen costs fade into
insignificants. I would like to tackle sonar's a little later
Fishing low tides every weekend throughout the day yielded many
fish, if they were not Mulloway then bream would fill in the time.
Fly-casting across to concrete pylons while trying to catch a
Mulloway is a recipe for disaster. Although half a dozen Mulloway
were landed this way some were lost as their shear power dictated
All fish up until then were taken on 8w Scientific Anglers Stripper
lines. Reels consisted of Fin-Nor and Scientific Anglers Mastery
Series. Rods were Loomis 8/9 mega and Penn SPT 890. On days when
weather conditions were too blowy for comfortable boating, we
spent a limited amount of time shore based fly-casting on the
edge of drop-offs. With a falling tide the Mulloway would sit
on the edge of the channel and pick off feed as it drifted by.
From this location I managed 6 fish ranging from 4kg to one fish
of 8kg taken on a 7w. With the 8kg fish I had my hands full. It's
amazing how much hurt you can put on fish when you want to.