Easterners – don’t be fooled by distance – there’s a thriving bream fishing scene in Western Australia, and a thriving tournament scene to match. The Costa BREAM Series has partnered with the organisers of the WA BREAM Classics to bring a BREAM Qualifier back to the wild west.
Scheduled for Mandurah on April 9/10, the Costa Mandurah BREAM Qualifier will see an opportunity for WA BREAMers to compete on the ABT level. WA non-boater, Callum Dowell, won the National BREAM Non-Boater title in 2014 and took home a Mercury outboard for his troubles.
“We have a real mix of bream in the west – from easily caught brutes in isolated coastal systems to pressured, difficult to catch models in places like Mandurah.” That means that BREAMers emerging from West Australia have all the skills needed to compete on a national level, and Callum is just one example of that.
WAFM’s Ian Sewell is another who’s succeeded on the national stage, making the televised shootout the last time the BREAM Grand Final was contested on the Gold Coast. “The bream we find in WA are not that different to the bream I encountered at the Gold Coast when I competed in the grand final. They are still just bream and they eat the same lures” said Sewell.
Indeed, eastern BREAMers have travelled west successfully, too, with Victoria’s Warren Carter triumphing on the Blackwood River the last time ABT’s format went west.
“The Costa Mandurah BREAM Qualifier is an event we’re particularly proud of,” said ABT’s Simon Goldsmith. “Anytime we do something new or bring back something old, it normally takes a little while for the stars to line up.”
WA certainly has the fishery and the anglers to compete on the national level. We’re hoping that anglers that qualify for the Costa BREAM Grand Final to be held in early December this year take the opportunity and travel east to take a shot at winning the biggest show in Australian BREAM fishing.