You're covering a lot of material there mate. I've started it again as a separate thread from the Bream Thread as it's going to take a while - but that's ok as you've got me motivated!Islander wrote:I guess you are aware of the US Bass Style fishery competition that has sprung up around black bream fishing in the Swan and other rivers downunder now Bob?
Looks like you two were a couple of the early pioneers huh?
Used to spend a little of my time way back dragging a prawn net around the East street jetty in Maylands, and used to belong to the Bayswater Amateur swimming club back in the days when we used to swim in the river at Garret Road bridge, for training and competitions on the weekends.
After races - we would swim across to the Ascot racecourse on the opposite side of the river, climb up the camera tower - and listen to the jockeys whipping each other (not their horses) and swearing at each other on the back straight stretch.
Then we would swim back across the river in tiome to go home with parents etc.
I remember a kid got bitten by a bull shark at the Ascot swimming club jetty a bit further up river from Ascot race course one year - that kinda freaked our parents a bit with the amount we would swim in the river - we even had 1 mile swim thru's out in the middle river etc.
The amount of jelly fish at some times were bloody awful - especially the big purple & brown Portuguese man o wars, they would sting you a bit as you ploughed on thru them.
When I got a bit older and joined the dive club - we used to do an annual river cleanup dive at Garret Road Bridge area and one year we recovered a stolen safe and oxyacetylene gear that must have been dumped there in the water after a robbery, it was obviously found cut open and contents missing.
Funny the thing you remember from childhood - eh!
We probably stomped around those same suburbs around the same time Bob, I would have been there from about 1965 onwards for 7 or 8 years.
Also mate you are going to stretch my memory here!
Our family lived in Cloverdale (Kennerly St) from sometime in the 1960's through to about 1980. Where were you living at that time Islander?
FYI Rusty was just down the road in Belmont???
I'm looking at a Google Map of the area...
I see Miles Park, I see Oswell St... Am I close Rusty?
Me and my mates would ride our bikes down to the river to swim and to fish. Our school swimming classes were held at the 'Springs' in Maylands and my parents would sometimes take us down to the Garret Road Bridge for a swim on weekends.
I remember two shark attacks. I believe one was at what was known as the 'Springs' in Maylands and the other one was at the so called 'Bunbury Bridge' - at the back of the East Perth power station. In those days the attacks were attributed to the infamous "Swan River Whaler", a Bronze Whaler shark that would swim upstream into freshwater (as far as and sometimes past the Garret Road Bridge) to rid itself of parasites... that's what they thought back then anyway!
Apparently now they are called "Bull Sharks" which is the name of the shark involved in most of the attacks in the US on the East Coast around to the Gulf Coast of Florida.
I also remember that during those times a fisherman put out a set-line from Herrison Island to the Eastern shore overnight and hooked and landed a reasonable sized "Swan River River Whaler Shark"... Can't find anything on Google about it but I remember it, it was in the West Australian at the time and its a fact!
Need Rusty's help here but in the later years we occassionally use to water ski behind his Baron Sportsman at the back of the Ascot Racecourse? Was that the Burswood Ramp where we put the boat in?
Madness takes it's toll - please have exact change handy.