Our mighty swan river

I have been doing a lot of night diving in the swan over the last couple of weeks at night and I’m surprised at what good condition the lower swan is in . There is a huge amount of marine life that blows me away every dive.
I have seen something different each time I have dived from seahorses hanging onto mooring ropes, scallops swimming mid water, huge flathead over 40cm,dinner plate size flounder, schools of small sambos, Skippy, silver bream, black bream, tasty blue manner crabs in xos range, mulloway crocking, coral and an abundance of huge mussels, big cobbler and of course those succulent swan river king prawns and some fish I haven’t seen before
.The condition of the bottom is what got me I expected it to be silty. Monday night as me a rockpom were getting ready for our second dive when I noticed a large fin in the shallows under knee deep water unfortunately we couldn’t get down to the waters edge fast enough to get a good look at it but we both decided it was a dolphin made going back in the water all that much better knowing that .Ended up a good night with 365 prawns and some crabs and scallops between the two of us. It’s a great way to spend a night, beats sitting at home watching tv . Going for another dive tonight with rockpom.


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365 prawns

Thu, 2008-05-22 15:44

Thats a top effort.
Do you eat the prawns and/or freeze some for bait?


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If only we could get rid of the blowies

Thu, 2008-05-22 15:53

I love fishing in the Swan, but blowies just blow me away. Sounds like there is still a lot of good fish and crustaceans in there though Bill.
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Haven’t seen allot of

Thu, 2008-05-22 16:01

Haven’t seen allot of blowies Colin.
Rodrat I eat a heap and freeze a few .The bigger ones I keep for garlic prawns and some I butterfly and crumb then freeze

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MMMMMM

Thu, 2008-05-22 17:04

Making me hungry bill.


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That's good positive news Bill

Thu, 2008-05-22 16:06

With all the algeal blooms etc, pressures from close proximity phosphate based fertilisers (due to more 'water's edge' developments etc) and all the other bad news, it's heartening to hear a positive first account! Especially on species like cobler.

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Swan!

Thu, 2008-05-22 16:27

Agree Bill, the Swan is alive and kills the thoughts of some who reckon they wouldn't eat stuff from the swan and the system isn't good!

Been meaning to get down myself for some prawns & crabs........hopefully soon! 

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Thu, 2008-05-22 17:02

Pretty keen on those scallops Bill.

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Hows

Thu, 2008-05-22 17:52

the water temp? 16 degrees cel.? Do you have a 3mm or a 6er Bill? I've eaten the mussels, prawns and crabs, they're the best in the state I reckon. Hows the croaking, so loud and continuous, it's incredible.Where do yous go?.......Maxy.......

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Seeing many crabs down river

Thu, 2008-05-22 18:13

Seeing many crabs down river lately Bill?

keen to get the tinny out n get a few! 

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mmmmm boat full of 22 deg

Thu, 2008-05-22 20:55

mmmmm boat full of 22 deg water heheheheTongue out

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thanks Bill for another good

Thu, 2008-05-22 22:38

thanks Bill for another good night!!

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Picked up just over a kilo

Fri, 2008-05-23 06:08

Picked up just over a kilo of prawns and 5 big crabs last weekend.  Water a bit chilly in the top 6 metres, but below that is still 20 C.

Tried a few scallops  - very, very tasty, but need to find some big ones.

Lots of little (10-20cm) pinkies about too.

Heres a couple of pics from last year. 

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How big was the flounder in that pic?

Fri, 2008-05-23 10:02


Dinner plate size?Wink

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top pics pete

Fri, 2008-05-23 07:07

top pics pete

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I recon you would do okay

Fri, 2008-05-23 07:59

I recon you would do okay drop netting on the outside of the morings on the strectch between blackwall reach and bicton baths in the 14 meter range sam

only a 3mm max and a shark skin under that, that shark skin is the best $$ i have ever spent.
Only one dive last night bloody cold when we got out and procrastinated for too long and only did one dive but still got a good feed in the one dive.

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Great pics Pete

Fri, 2008-05-23 08:41

Can't believe how clear the water is.
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WOW!!

Fri, 2008-05-23 09:28

The water is really clear and those photos are great.  Good to hear the river system is in such good condition.

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Back for another swim

Fri, 2008-05-23 09:52

Back for another swim tonight bbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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gee think it will be pretty

Fri, 2008-05-23 09:56

gee think it will be pretty cold tonight, a few strong drinks afterward to warm up might be the go tonight lol

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when i got home last night

Fri, 2008-05-23 10:07

when i got home last night had 3 testicals

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You couldn't disseminate

Fri, 2008-05-23 10:25

You couldn't disseminate between the franc and the beans eh? ROFL Bloody cold then.


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Fri, 2008-05-23 10:37

Classic, good photo's Pete, love that prawn one.

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clear!

Fri, 2008-05-23 13:11

Not always that clear Gus, makes it a great dive when it is.....they cant hide the little buggers!

I'm getting some winter add on's for my summer wetty Bill and i'll be down there! 

 

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Are you diving tonight ryan

Fri, 2008-05-23 14:08

Are you diving tonight ryan ??

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LOL!!

Fri, 2008-05-23 17:03

Jeeeeez Bill, you might want to lighten up a bit on the medication old boy.Your a worry Sealed

 

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There is a 6 foot diameter

Fri, 2008-05-23 21:17

There is a 6 foot diameter main drain at the back of Midland. All the stormwater which collects anything dumped on the roadside in the Midland region washes into the river.

The majority of food that lives in th Swan is fine. The mussels may be suspect at certain times of the year depending on what is present but apart from that it should be ok.

Dont know how old Black Bream would fair eating molluscs that may have been filtering heavy metals over their life period?

Remember when Ascot or Belmont racecourse spilt all that insect poison off the racecourse?

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i remember fishing in the

Fri, 2008-05-23 20:59

i remember fishing in the yarra in melb near one of the main drain outlets from the city streets, used to get so many good bream mullet carp even trout from it and it was true salt water, seems some fish might have liked macca's or stuff like that, but what you see on top can generally be different to what the water actuallt looks like underneath the crap at the top section of water

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The issue with the Swan is

Fri, 2008-05-23 21:22

The issue with the Swan is that much of the contaminants are still stored in silt upstream. When there is a bit of a flush the silt is stirred and the nutrients are brought up.

Even if the polllution stops tomorrow the silt contains enough contaminants to cause blooms for over a decade.

Maybe the banning of chemical fertilisers in urban areas is already having an effect on the Swan already?

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love that squid

Fri, 2008-05-23 23:05

lol, you would know about cold water, you made sure there was enough in the boat on the north leg,"Mako Magic"
Yeah but we didn't use the bilge as much as in the south comp matt.
Love that That squid pic, for all the underwater photography I've done, that is a good one!!!!
Makes me feel like my going for my first dive in the swan,
Was never keen after talking to Perth student divers...
Anyone up for one early next week, I wouldn't mind tagging along...I won't bring a net...

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Education

Sat, 2008-05-24 08:03

I might be wrong here (only been wrong once in my life - and that's when I thought I was - NOT! LOL) , but isn't it more about the non use/education of phosphate fertilisers (so as not to feed blooms), or is that just one issue? Good point Salt on (semi) rural feeder streams but is more work required on educating 'water side' residential property owners too?

Great pics too and well spotted Andy - I thought it was just a river bed shot Tongue out (blind old coot that I am LOL).

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When you see the flounder

Sat, 2008-05-24 08:28

When you see the flounder like that you punch them in the head which instanly stuns them poor things don't know what hit them

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nah, busy w/end!

Sat, 2008-05-24 10:28

But, i'm getting the jacket & hood today Bill and i'll be down there more often with less winter shrivalidge Foot in mouth

Charged up my batteries for my HID L/Cannon (awesome torch eh) so i'll be ready!

 

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They are great torches used

Sat, 2008-05-24 11:59

They are great torches used mine for the first time last night.

was a little too early in the water last night as the tide was running a little fast still