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Squid great to eat great for bait

Phil Ellerton takes a look at a member of the Cephalopod family - the squid.

Tasmania has two main squid - calamari and arrowhead. The tubes of both of these are excellent fare when eaten fresh, while the tentacles can be frozen for bait. As bait there is little better to entice many saltwater species.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

Broadbill Swordfish

Tasmania has taken centre stage this month within game fishing circles nationally. You won’t see that often in a lifetime of fishing. Sure we are world renowned for our bluefin fishery and close proximity to the grounds, but what has excited the nation’s anglers is Tasmania’s recent broadbill swordfish action.
 
Overnight my aunt Fanny......
Leo Millar and his devoted crew have been putting considerable man hours both on and off the water in working out this species in Tasmania. It has long been the feeling of a number of Tasmania’s top anglers that good numbers of broadbill swordfish (xiphias gladius) are off our magical shores. The incidental by-catch from recreational long liners and a few captures on electric reels has suggested as such. 

Striped Marlin

Striped marlin caught, tagged and released 11 March on Professional Charters boat Saltshaker with Rocky Carosi.

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Broadbill caught off east coast by Paul Digney.

Broadbill Sword Fish caught at Bicheno 02/03/14 on a drop line while fishing for Blue eye Trevalla
 
3.7 mtrs long, estimated between 280/300kg 

Game Fishing Round Up

Bluewater - people have been taking advantage of good weather to target striped trumpeter. Those finding good ground holding large numbers of fish have been getting there bag in short time.
Bluefin have been slow since a promising first start. Mark Lagerwooski who skippers the vessel Risky Rider put his crew on to a nice 80kg Bluefin with the rod work being handled by Rudy Zarzoff.

Eaglehawk Neck Tuna Report 17/6/2012

From Craig Shipton
Here is a couple of photos from our trip to Eaglehawk Neck
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Tuna Report

Here is a picture from our Tuna trip on the Runadu 2 at Tasman Island on the 29th of May 2011, landed 11 Southern Bluefin Tuna in 6 hours, tagged and released, all about the 20-25kg range.
Adrian Morrisby (in the Stormy) John Farrel in the braces

Game Fishing Pro Tips comes to Tassie

If you’re a seasoned game fisher looking to hone your skills or a newbie to the sport a series of free seminars presented by renowned lure designer and game angler Peter Pakula and Williamson’s, Andrew Jones will be of interest.

Presented by Rapala Freetime, GAMEssentials - Pro Tips on Game Fishing, is visiting Tasmania.

Topics include: Knowing and maintaining your tackle; rigging explained; fishing and fighting techniques; lure choice; trolling; using teasers and more.

Lucky door prizes will be given away at the at the following venues:

Tuesday 1 March - 7:30pm North Launceston Club Rooms, Aurora Stadium, Launceston.

Phone Tamar Marine to book 03 6331 6188.

$10 entry per person, with special offers on the night. Bookings are essential.

Paxy’s Bluefin Trip

by Rob Paxevanos
In the late 70’s my dad took my three brothers
and I along with 2 cousins and a family friend
to Eagle Hawk Neck on the South East
Corner of Tasmania.
This was one of our first game fishing
trips, and weather reports were not so detailed
back then so dad wanted a place where there
was good shelter should the prevailing south
easterlies come up from the open expanse of
the Southern Ocean.

The Hemingway Dream

Handline trolling for southern bluefin tuna in a kayak

By Nick Gust
What is possible with modern kayak fishing and how far can
this hybrid sport be taken? Is it realistic to dream of successful
game fishing outings by kayak? How difficult would it actually
be to hook and land a bluefin tuna from a kayak on the great
Southern Ocean? Could these torpedos of streamlined muscle
flip a kayak or tow you out to sea? What about evading hungry
mobs of opportunistic seals? Or is the whole notion really just
an irresponsible fantasy, the product of too many drinks? Keen
Tasmanian anglers have no doubt pondered these questions
before, imagining this holy grail of fishing adventure. Over
the last couple of years in Hobart I decided to seek some
answers. Joining the chase for the world’s most valuable fish
species became something of a quest. Often far offshore on
the wild southern ocean. Alone, in a sea kayak.

2010 Game Fishing Season

by John Orchard
It’s in full swing - and once again time to dust off the tuna lures, give the rods and reels a quick service  and get out there on the ocean doing what we all love doing – chasing the infamous southern bluefin tuna.

Bicheno albacore

By Matt Byrne
During the months of February – April, Bicheno is home to some great offshore light tackle game fishing action. Here, Matt Byrne gives readers some inspiration to tackle with one of his favourite fish – the Albacore tuna at a very popular holiday location.

Bluefin Tuna Report May  2010

Henry Terry caught this super bluefin on Saturday 8 May at Eaglehawk Neck. It took 2.25 hours to land it on 24kg line and weighed 101kg.
Plenty of smaller ones about and lots free jumping!
Plenty of seals as well just to test your patience.
Tim Terry

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Southern Bluefin Tuna Report 

Although water temperatures are still high, the bluefin have turned up in large numbers at Eaglehawk Neck as well as catches reported over recent days out of Southport. Most fish have been in the 15 - 30 Kg range with the odd larger fish being taken. Yesterday at Tasman Island anglers were getting double hook ups with both Bluefin & Striped Tuna at the same time!!
Although the number of Albacore being caught has slowed down some at The Neck, the size has increased with fish to 18Kg being landed. Further north off Maria Island there are still large numbers of Albacore and Striped Tuna being taken but no reports to date of Bluefin.
Once again the Meridian "Brown Dog", Green Lumo & Pink Bonito have
been the stand out lures for this season so far.

John O

Fish of a lifetime Huge southern bluefin tuna

Geoff Madden's day off with his sons was heaven sent.
Fishing for me has always been a part of my life. Growing up living on the banks of the Derwent River, and having a family holiday home on the East Coast, gave plenty of opportunities from an early age to throw in a line. I'd lived in a family where any sort of fishing-fresh or salt water-was the norm, and somehow, I'd passed on this passion to my sons as well. We'd always welcome the chance to get out on the water- even if it meant taking a day off work if the conditions suited and the opportunity presented itself.

Chasing Records

Craig Rist is one of our regular writers. He has a burning desire to capture a World Record, but for the time being he is looking at Australian Records as a way forward. The following account is generally about Australian GFAA records.
Two fish that have potential as World Record captures in Tasmania are mako shark and southern bluefin tuna.

Bluefin time again

John Orchard takes a look at the lures you need to catch one of the toughest fish around - and without doubt the most highly regarded fish for sashimi in the world.

Early Season Game Fishing

with Leroy Tirant

With Christmas behind us a lot of anglers are now on their summer holidays. This sets the mind thinking as to where to spend the holidays with or without the family. Usually this time of the year some early reports start to filter in of Albacore at the shelf, and bait schools start showing up on mass. This gets game fishermen warm to the heart and they start breaking out the heavy tackle to head to the blue water for some serious trolling. Each year is different with the average size of fish being usually smaller than later in the season and showing up in sometimes the strangest of places. Last year it was Merricks reef that produced good sport early. So how do we give ourselves a better than average chance of turning a reel? Well there are a few different ways to look at it and if you slowly put the puzzle together with a bit of homework you can tip the odds in your favour.

Game Fishing - Tasman Peninsula and South

John Orchard

Once again it's that time of year when avid game fishermen pull out their gear and give it the once over in anticipation of the arrival of the mighty Southern Bluefin Tuna. These powerhouse fish put both angler skill and product quality to the ultimate test each year and anglers look forward to the challenge.

Game fishing Tasmania

Mason Paull
I have been game fishing in Tasmania for about 18 years. With the onset of the warm East Australian current, most game fishers eagerly await the first of our target game species, albacore, stripey tuna, yellowfin tuna, striped marlin, mako sharks, blue sharks and so on. This article is a guide to the game fisher who is just starting out.

Tassie Yellowfin Tuna

Mason Paull
The yellowfin tuna is one of the great sport and game fish of tthe world. Thunnus Albacares is sought after by all tassie game fishermen and is highest standard, which we all would like the achieve. The power and beauty of these fish is something you will not forget once you have done battle with one of these powerful tuna. Sadly these tuna are plundered all down the east coast of Australia and around the world. These tuna are apex predators, meaning they are near the top of the food chain, they will eat anything that crosses their path. Their main diet consists of slimey mackeral, jack mackeral, pilchards and number one on their menu is sauries. They also will follow trawlers around and eat trawler trash that is thrown over the side of these boats.

Bluefin mania continues

Brown Dog!

Here we are into June and the game-fishing season is well and truly in full swing in the south, but not just the south. Over the past month we have seen many albacore in the 15 - 20 kilo range caught off St.Helens - not to mention the huge Australian record bluefin that weighed in at an incredible 153 kilo's. But it is in the south of the state that anglers are really having a ball!
Eaglehawk Neck is on fire as those anglers that fished the recent Southern Bluefin Championships found out. I am not aware of a single boat that didn't land multiple bluefin for the competition and organisers even ran out of "catch & release" tags on the first day, certainly the best competition to have been held out of "The Neck" for many years.

Land Based Game Fishing

Simon Kernan

Thinking back to the day before, and the 3½ hour hike through the bush, I wondered if today was going to be any different from the many trips before to this location.

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