Fishing Cottesloe Groyne

Watching the fishers at Cottesloe Groyne today, the guy in the foreground didn’t have much luck, the fish weren’t biting for him. But one of the fishos further along the groyne started reeling herring in one after the other – the school of fish was clearly visible, shining just under the surface, it was just about impossible not to catch fish today. Apparently the secret to catching herring is….. low tide, a generous amount of burley made with leftover roast chicken fat and a fair amount of luck!

Here’s what you can catch…..fresh herring….

Black Swans Matilda Bay

Black swans resting and grooming themselves down at the waters edge of the Swan River (yes the river is named after the swans) at Matilda Bay, Perth. The swans often stand balanced on one leg with their head curled onto their back, red beak nestled into wing feathers.

City Beach Kiosk and a cloudy day at North Cottesloe

This is the little kiosk at the South end of City Beach….I don’t think that it’s open anymore as there are new cafes higher up the beach that have opened recently…..

Below an unsuccessful attempt to capture the pale winter sun shining through high clouds at North Cottesloe. The sky colours were delicate yellow, peach and pale blue. I really should have taken proper watercolour paper to attempt this….needed lots of watery paint….and the ability to lift colour out again….another lesson learnt!

Hillaries – Sorrento Quay

Urban Sketchers Perth meeting at Hillaries yesterday, the morning started very wet and windy so we sheltered in a cafe for a while. Later the wild weather blew away and the sun came out. Sketch sitting on the rocks looking across the marina at the boats for sale and the cafes and shops.

Cottesloe Beach – the old timber jetty appears ?

Autumn tides have shifted the sand around the local beaches exposing limestone reefs and ripping up old seaweed in great heaps on the beach. But today I saw something that I’ve never spotted before….old wooden post and rail with large iron bolts sticking out of the sand just in front of the Indiana Tea House on Cottesloe beach. It seems this wood could be part of the original Cottesloe Jetty built in 1906 to make it easier for fishos to get out past the reef and allow people to “promenade” as was the thing to do in those days. Unfortunately it was fairly short lived as the pylons were damaged by boring mollusc and later winter storms. The jetty was eventually condemned and blown up in 1952 with gelignite.

Read the full story at….

https://cottesloehistory.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/a-tale-of-two-jetties/

Finally a quick scribble with pen and coloured pencils, looking North….