While a lot of anglers wouldn't think it, many 'swamps' in and around the outer metro suburbs can produce an array of fish, if you know how to look for them. In any given system you can catch redfin, rainbow trout, brown trout, carp, roach, tench, eels, blackfish, silver perch, yellowbelly and murray cod. Not all locations hold these fish, but some most certainly do. The main culprits you'll come across are of course carp, redfin and eels - especially if you're bait fishing.
In a local wetland customer Daniel has been throwing the newest Aussie colour 'bent minnows' to attract the attention of some XL redfin. Daniel has been
catching some chunky fish, with 40cm+ the norm in some systems. Because of the reeds and shallow weed Daniel has been fishing the shallow surface lures
and spending less time fouled up and more time hooked up!
A typical series of 'wetland' or swamp lakes is somewhere like Berwick Springs. Now anyone can simply open up their default mapping app on phone, or a
melways if you're old school and find these sort of locations. Many are overlooked because of their proximity to housing estates or 'un-glamorous'
look, but virtually all of them will hold freshwater fish of some sort. With many interconnected lakes and drains, Berwick Springs is a large habitat
for these fish to move around in, and plenty of vegetation to support food for these fish. With carp to over 10kg in here, some of these systems can
hold some serious fish!
Speaking of carp, customer Jordan has been catching school sized fish on the fly rod in these sorts of lakes. Jordan knows that there carp in almost all
of them, and they are a very good fish to hone your lure and fly fishing skills on. Jordan has found plenty of carp sunning themselves and cruising
just under the surface in search of food, and a well executed cast and presentation of fly has gotten the interest of a few. If you're more a bait
fisherman then these fish will still test your skills - but you certainly need to rig and gear up for them accordingly. No 4/0 snapper hooks and heavy
lines here, most of the time fishing without any finesse will see you go home without a bite. If you're interested in fine tuning your fishing on these
readily available species talk to the guys in the shop to make sure you're gearing up correctly, and giving yourself a good chance at catching something.