Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania with major sponsors Huon Aquaculture have launched a state-wide, national and international photographic competition to recognize and reward anglers for participation in their passion during the current 150th anniversary of trout in Tassie. “We see this competition as an fitting opportunity to bring the 150th year of trout fishing, includung angling memories of the past to a rewarding conclusion” Says TGALT promotions officer, Roger Butler
“Check out the albums, scan those old prints, take the camera or mobile with you next time – those freshwater fishing shots could reward you with something special. Up to $10,000 worth of cash and give-a-ways are in the prizes mix.” Butler added.
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This 2 kg trout was caught on mudeyes at the Guide Reservoir today.
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From Australia Marine Engine Council - towards sustainable boating http://www.marinecouncil.org.au
Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced today an Agreement between the state and federal ministers that will see emissions standards for outboards on the table by mid 2015. According to the Ministers’ announcement: “Governments will complete work by mid 2015 to develop emissions control measures for: non-road spark ignition engines and equipment.” (Non road spark ignition engines will include outboards petrol engines from lawn mowers to generators.)
“We welcome the business certainty that engine emissions standards are at last on a timetable” said AMEC Chair David Heyes. Congratulating the Minister he added, “Greg Hunt is providing direction and is keeping to his schedule.”
There are some encouraging signs happening at the moment as far as fishing goes. With the weather becoming more settled it has allowed more fisho’s to get out and about and have a fish. There are a few grasshoppers on the water in rivers and this will only get better if there are more hot days. Saltwater is going well with Game fish being caught off the East Coast and gummy shark and flathead up this end of the state.
Those fishing the lakes have been finding fish a bit hard to find there are however some exceptions. If you can be in the right place at the right time there are fish there to be caught.
Eaglehawk neck is starting to build with some good sized Albacore Tuna being caught there last weekend. There were some good sized Bluefin caught further south near Pedra Branca. We also had an encouraging report of a couple of Bluefin Tuna that were caught in a net at Strahan. There were a couple more caught on rods and fish were sighted busting up on the surface. If the weather is reasonable the West Coast will be a good spot to try for a Bluefin.
While we await the report from this years report ... read last years!
The wind has been blowing from the East for a while now and while conditions have been less than ideal on the East Coast, West Coast conditions have been fantastic. Stripy Trumpeter are one of the species being targeted and there have been quite a few caught. School Shark, Gummy Shark and Blue Eye Trevalla have also been in the mix.
We had a report this week of a Stripy Trumpeter that was caught on a Dog Tooth Ika Knife Jig. This method of fishing that has increased in popularity on the mainland but has been rarely used down here in Tassie. Expect to hear more as Tassie anglers embrace knife jigging, slow jigging and micro jigging. Anglers on the mainland have been finding it is a very effective and fun way to catch fish.
Last year there were a number of Broadbill Swordfish caught off Eaglehawk Neck and St. Helens and it is set to continue this year. There was a good fish hooked and lost at Eaglehawk Neck this week and a couple were landed recently. With anglers targeting these fish there will be more caught and it seems that the pool of knowledge on how to go about catching them is increasing and being shared.
It's astounding. The similarities are amazing. A huge freezer factory trawler is once again being encouraged to come all the way from Europe to fish in the Australian small pelagic fishery, despite ongoing public opposition to the industrialisation of our fisheries and the threats this poses to our protected marine life. Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, seems intent on repeating the mistakes made by Senator Joe Ludwig. As the Labor Government's Minister for Agriculture, Senator Ludwig supported the introduction of the super trawler FV Margiris into Australia in 2012. The Margiris was renamed the Abel Tasman after being approved to operate here. Concerns about impacts on the marine environment and recreational fisheries led to strong public opposition which eventually prevented the FV Margiris from fishing in Australian waters. Another large Dutch-owned freezer factory trawler, the FV Dirk Dirk, is now being proposed to fish in Australian waters with the support of Senator Colbeck, and has recently been approved by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and renamed the Geelong Star, in a repeat move of the Margiris.
The Life jacket Awareness day is fast approaching and will be held on Friday 27 February from 12 noon until around 2.30 pm at the Sullivans Cove public pontoon near T42/Fish Frenzy, Elizabeth Pier.
The day will give boat owners, crews, employers in the industry a better understanding of how lifejackets perform when wearing different types of clothing when entering the water.
If there is anyone who wants to actively participate as a ‘test subject’ in the demonstrations that has not already contacted MAST, please let me know. There will be the full support from Surf Life Saving Tasmania first aiders. Towels will be available for use by participants and showers are being arranged with Tasports.
Congratulations to Lindsay Price of Victoria!
Lindsay and his 2 mates Andrew and Peter are off on a bucket list fishing trip of a lifetime to Princess Charlotte Bay with Reel Chase Charters thanks to Abu Garcia, Penn, Ugly Stik, Spiderwire and Stren.
Lindsay and his 2 mates Peter and Andrew will spend 5 days aboard the luxury Amokura, a 57’ Assegai with 2 x 20ft custom sportfishing vessels in tow. Complete with experienced guides, an onboard chef and the spectacular scenery of the area.
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