Dust off the cowboy hat and those old leather boots you haven’t worn for years, the Costa BREAM Series is headed west! After a successful Victorian breaming road-trip to start the season, it’s now time to board the big steel bird to experience life on the west coast and all that it has to offer.
The Western Australian coastline has some of the best bream fishing the country has to offer. From secluded tannin-stained creeks to populated urban waterways, there’s bream to be found all over our biggest state.
This April, the Costa BREAM Series is heading back to arguably the state’s two most popular tournament venues. The mighty Blackwood River, laden with fallen trees with more structure than you can poke a stick at (pun intended), and the diverse fishery of Albany, where you can fish for bream really any way you like.
The first event, the Hobie Albany BREAM Qualifier will see anglers with the expanse of Oyster Harbour at their fingertips to explore. The harbour itself is a shallow tidal harbour housing a number of different bream holding structure, there’s two marinas, of which one is in operation. A number of islands and rocky outcrops in the harbour proper, as well as the two river systems with downstream bridges.
The first of the rivers is the Kalgan, which begins shallow before deepening to reveal a tree and snag lined river full of potential for a winning tournament bag.
Then there’s the King River, which is extremely shallow and manoeuvring through the entrance can be tricky even on a high tide. Persistance can pay off though, as once you’re in you will be greeted with a river teeming with boulders and deep holes. The banks are lined with shrubs and small lay downs.
Albany local and tournament favourite Callum Dowell says the fish in Albany can be hard to tempt at the best of times. “The mood and temperament of these fish can be frustrating to piece together, they are most definitely a pattern fish and key in on certain baits and techniques. So if you can find the pattern and keep up with it throughout the two tournament days you will do well”.
From Albany, anglers will travel west to the Blackwood River. The last time the BREAM Series visited the Blackwood River a Victorian took the title. Warren Carter made the effort to attend the western swing and was rewarded with a victory in his first attempt on western soil. The Blackwood River is picturesque, lined with the most amount of sunken trees and natural snags you could imagine. Hooking the bream is not always the issue in the Blackwood, extracting the larger specimens from their homes will leave leaders shredded and tackle trays emptied if you aren’t on your toes.
The two tournaments stretch over the first week of April, and we’re looking forward to seeing what WA can dish up this year to some visiting east coasters and keen WA locals. There’s still plenty of time to enter the two tournaments and you can do so by visiting http://abt.org.au/?page_id=6728