The Melbourne events calendar has been slowly building again this year with monthly programs being hosted from St Kilda and Gem Pier in Williamstown for the FishAbility program, drawing many new faces to our events; excited to be back out and enjoying the community.
A new location, Pipe makers Park has been utilised this month, with the assistance and local knowledge of Maribyrnong City Council Park Ranger Martin Forster we learnt a thing or two about the area’s history. What was formally an industrial site, responsible for the development of steel-reinforced concrete piping in the early 1900’s, Pipe makers Park is now a pleasant blend of Park and Wetlands nestled amongst kangaroo grass, yam daisy and pepper trees adjacent to the Maribyrnong River Trail and fishing platform. The local Black Bream fancied the live bait we had on offer, keen to taste the supply of scrub worms, yabbies, and maggots which provided a fantastic opportunity to discuss the life cycle of this ‘true estuarine’ fish, including understanding it’s size limit of 28cm in relation to its growth rate, as well as the importance of following bag limits, green tackle, safe fish handling and release.
Did you know a 28cm Bream is almost 9 years old? Check out the ruler on this page to see the growth rates of the Black Bream…