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Australia's Best Trout Flies

by Crosse and Sloane

First published in 1997 and recently reprinted, Australia's Best trout Flies details 168 trout fly patterns from 28 well known Australian fly fishers.

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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

110 slverPresented from Issue 110, June 2014
With the arrival of winter, the trout season has, once again, come to an end in Tasmania. If you are still keen to chase trout, there are still a few options. Some inland waters, such as the Great Lake, remain open and, when the weather is good, can provide wintertime fun. Many anglers will take advantage of this, but just as many won’t! It is the time of year when trout spawn and, to a lot of anglers, catching these fish is less challenging – the fish are more likely to be in poor condition and therefore do not put up as much of a fight.

110 garfish fishPresented from Issue 110, June 2014

I think ‘Gars on George’ would be a terrific name for a restaurant. In fact, I think that Georges Bay on Tasmania’s lovely east coast is one of the best seafood restaurants I have ever been to. All the great fish are in the bay and they are ever so fresh if you are good enough to catch them. calamari, salmon, mullet, trevally, flathead, leather jackets, bream and whiting are more or less in abundance.

What more could you want? garfish - I say ! I just love them. Both the catching and the eating of them.

Gars have a delicate sweet flesh that eats superbly with a light salad a few lemon wedges and a bottle of Pinot Gris. Could a feed of fish get any better than that?

109 st helens breamPresented from Issue 109, April 2014

April is an exciting month in Tasmania, the weather becomes much more stable with less wind and as far as our estuaries are concerned there is an abundance of fish species on offer and Georges Bay in St Helens is one of the best. This year will see the annual Tasmanian Family Fishing Festival happening again on the waters of St Helens on Saturday April the 26th. To help budding anglers along I have put together a few hints and tips on where to fish and what to use for the species that you will be targeting. This certainly applies for Georges Bay in April and May, so even if you can’t make the Fishing Festival come down for a few days anyway.  Jamie Henderson

Presented from Issue 95

Over the last few years there has been many new frontiers that anglers have been faced with in the fishing world, there has been more changes to the way we fish, tackle we use and techniques we deploy than probably any other decade and as anglers we at times become enveloped in whatever new technique, lure or tackle happens to be the next big thing or “Revolution” in fishing. With information highways at our finger tips, social media everywhere we look, more fishing based television and media than ever before the amount of information available to the every day angler can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing.

Shore Based – St Helens

The St Helens area offers anglers a real variety of fishing options for those possessing a boat or kayak, Georges Bay, Scamander River, Ansons Bay and various coastal Lagoons are all easily accessed by watercraft. However the angler on foot is often left standing wondering where to go and what to do as the boats motor off in the distance. But there are options for the walking fisherman to target and enjoy some great sports fish.
Most Tasmanian anglers are well aware of the quality and size of the Australian salmon and yellowtail kingfish that are available in Georges Bay, but accessing these fish from the shoreline is sometimes seemingly impossible. However there are a couple of areas and techniques that will allow shore based anglers a chance of tackling these wonderful fish.

stonkaGummy Shark at St Helens

Hi Mike it's Murray Summers. This is my son Jarryd with this stonka of a gummy caught on 6 pound braid and set free for someone else to catch in Georges Bay.

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bream03Atomic Bream Classic Round 1 St Helens

Firstly massive thank you to the series sponsor Atomic. Special thanks must also go out to Zip Baits and CRANKA lure's for once again jumping on board.
Friday night started well with all anglers toey for what was looking to be a promising weekend of fishing on St Helen's beautiful Georges bay. Briefing was a great event with local tackle shop owner and guru Jamie Henderson opening his shop and putting on a feed for the teams. 
The rules were made clear and the Zipbait rogue fish was announced. "king fish". A lot of hearts sunk as many anglers realising the enormous effort it would take to land a king fish on the typical 1-3kg gear angler’s use. 

St Helens Multi Species Comp 2014

Despite preceding weeks of calm winds and glassy conditions Georges Bay threw a bit of a curve ball for the weekend of the now traditional winter interclub, multispecies competition at St Helens. Blustery southerlies flecked the bay with whitecaps and chilled the visitors practising on Saturday and made the Sunday comp far more challenging. 
Some 18 visiting anglers in took on a small contingent of locals and by early morning a small armada of dinghies were scattered across the bay; the goal to catch the greatest diversity of species possible. Rocky points, sea-grass flats, jetty pylons, fast flowing channels and shallow banks provided varied habitats and required differing techniques to maximise chances.

St Helens 10/1/2014

Hi all, Jamie Morehouse and I decided to take our two young blokes to St Helens this morning in search of a few Silver Trevally. We left home at 4 am which was a bit of a shock to them but thanks to Jamie's expert guiding the day was very worthwhile. We landed 17 in a couple of hours with at least 5 over 42 cm in length. Jamie even got "smoked" by two that he couldn't stop.

Tommahawk and St Helens

Sending you a couple of photos that i got today of a huge gummy shark that Bailey caught at Tommahawk yesterday It must be around 25kg or more by the look of it,certainly a horsre,he and Johnno caught a few others and some nice flathead.
My brother Paul went to St.Helens, and got  a couple of nice crays in the pots, scrubby is holding a good one, they also caught some nice flatties and morwong.
 
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO
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Winter Squid Fishing at St Helens

After the last month of being cooped up inside an office and the weekends tied up with other various activities I was desperate to get on the water.
Being behind the counter in my tackle shop everyday I end up being privy to a fair amount of fishing information, stories and reports......the last few weeks have been no exception.

St Helens Report 4/6/2013

I had spoken to Jamie Henderson  late last week (from St Helens bait n tackle) and he assured me that Georges bay was on fire. So armed with information straight from a local fishing guru, i set the plan for taking a day off into motion today. With 5 knot wind and 17 degrees forecast Trev decided it probably would be better to come and keep an eye on me rather than go to school.

Dolphinfish at St Helens

Hi all just a few photos of our rare dolphinfish catch Saturday 9 March on the cliffs. Weather was a bit dodgy but stayed there for a while caught plenty of albies both days and stripies. Also lost a good fish that ripped out over 300 metres of line, but that's fishing. When we hooked and landed the three dolphinfish we went back around over the same spot and hooked up three small kingfish. Two were landed and one dropped. All in all good weekend.
Cheers, Craig Shipton

(Click Read more for more pictures) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphinfish  and http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/FamilySummary.php?Family=Coryphaenidae for a little more information

 St Helens Report 3/3/2013

We just got home from a tuna trip down at St.Helens with my brother Steve and his partner Viv. We arrived at the ramp around 8am this morning and fished until around 1.30pm. We caught around 16 albacore and a couple of stripy tuna. Most of the hook ups came from the 100 metre mark, we did troll out to the Plateau and all we caught out there was a stripy.

St Helens 17/2/2013

Shippy gave me a ring to see if I would like to come tuna fishing at St Helens along with with Andrew and Evan. We left Launceston at 3.30am on Saturday morning arriving at St Helens about 5.30.
We headed to the shelf, got to the 100 meter mark and the rods went off, a nice albacore about 6kg. Start up, rods went off again, 2 more,  moved a bit further 3 more, then 3 more we had 10 by 8 o'clock,... good morning so far .

St Helens Report November Long Weekend

We headed to the caravan park at St Helens for the long weekend. We had a very memorable trip fishing Georges bay and Scamander River. We smashed the trevally losing count of how many we caught but it was a lot. The biggest two being 43cm but there were quite a few over 40cm all on plastics.

St Helens Report 16/10/2012

Here are some pics of Bailey Zanetto and his cousin Nathan at Georges Bay, St.Helens. Some nice trevally, some good blackback and cockys were caught as well. Also caught some bream at the Scamander River, but no pics of them.
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO

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St Helens Report 28/7/2012

We headed to St Helens on Friday for the weekend. We were on the water by Friday lunchtime and headed for the shelf. Johnny started spewing half way out there and spend the next 2 hours up the front of the boat sleeping. I fished on with the electric reel in 300 meters of water, picking up a couple of nice blue eye, we then headed in close to shore and picked up 10 morwong and 10 flathead before dark.

Morwong Hunters

I know a lot of people who go fishing for the elusive striped trumpeter; this is a very hard fish to catch.
So with this in mind we decided to go fishing for morwong, thinking our chances of achieving our goal would be much easier!
We left for Bicheno at 5.00 am arriving to a sea with a small northerly slop.
Before too long, we were on the water heading out to the GPS mark we were given, hoping to get our bag of “morwong”.

Grants Lagoon, Georges Bay 18/6/2012

Report from Bailey and Nathan Zanetto from Grants Lagoon and Georges Bay at St.Helens.
At Grants, the boys got onto some nice size bream up to 40cm, lost a couple of good ones too. They also got onto some cocky salmon. The fish were caught on Berkley bream prawns & Squidgy wasabi's. In Georges bay,

Saltwater Report 20/5/2012

Just a short report from Georges Bay at St.Helens from my son Bailey and his cousin Nathan Zanetto. They fished the Bay today and got onto some nice trevally on Dales Yep pearl whites.
They also lost a couple of "real horses", one going around a pylon and breaking Bailey off, Nathan also lost a good one in the weed.That aside, they still nailed a few nice ones all were released.

Striped Marlin - tagged and released at St Helens

After several weeks of perseverance trying bait fishing unsuccessfully for striped marlin, the team on Saltshaker today hit the jackpot with the tag and release of an estimated 80 kg striped marlin. The fish was hooked in 58 metres of water 1 mile east of St Helens Point using a combination of teasers and skip baits and live baits. It was eventually hooked on a live jack mackerel. This capture has given the team confidence to persevere with baitfishing and hopefully more anglers will also have a try while these great fish are off our coast in what appear to be good numbers. A fantastic day off St Helens gamefishing and no doubt more to come.
Rocky Carosi, Professional Charters
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