SWANFISH 2017

SWANFISH 2017 is less than two weeks away and it is set to be another fantastic weekend of family friendly fishing, with the added excitement of some great prizes to be won as well.

Perth’s biggest fishing event, Swanfish is jointly run by Recfishwest and the Melville Amateur Angling Club and is being held on February 25-26.

There will again be thousands of dollars' worth of prizes up for grabs in the annual competition.

Look for more information, including a map with suggested fishing locations, next weekend in The Sunday Times, which is again proud to sponsor Swanfish.

More information on Swanfish can also be found on the event's Facebook page and its web page, www.swanfish.com.au.

The website allows people to pre-register for the event.

The cost to enter is $20 for adults, and $10 for anglers under the age of 16 and pension card holders, with registrations (from 9am on the 25th) and the weigh-in at McCallum Park, at the Taylor Road Reserve.

There are a wide range of species on offer in the rivers and with heaps of categories giving every angler a chance at a prize, even those who don't catch much, there is something for fishers of every inclination and skill level.

Swanfish has been running for almost 30 years, but continues to evolve and there will be an increased emphasis on ‘catch, click and release’ fishing at the event.

Black bream are a catch and release target only this year, due to the growing popularity of the species with estuarine sportfishers.

No bream will be weighed in, which will help protect their numbers in the Swan and Canning rivers, with anglers using photos to enter this category.

Getaway Outdoors, the Swan River Trust and Anglers Fishing World are among some of the sponsors for Swanfish 2017.

The hardest part for many competitors may be deciding exactly where to fish, remembering that anglers need to try their luck upstream of the Old Fremantle Traffic Bridge.

The good news is that the Swan and Canning are fishing well, with plenty of variety on offer, and we’ll have a closer look at what’s been biting in the rivers next Sunday.