Presented from Issue 99
Early season fishing can be very challenging. Too challenging for this mere mortal of a fishing guide so I don’t like to guide before October. You see, I have a problem taking money from clients for what I consider mostly to be sub-standard (read sub- surface) fishing.
My clients love sight fishing on warm balmy days. Whilst early season shallow water tailers can offer great sport on lake margins and flooded river edges the weather is anything but balmy and the sport is particularly unreliable.
If you are Johnny on the spot, you have good local knowledge of water levels and conditions and you are not scared of frosty, foggy early mornings, then by all means be my guest. You may just find some of the best fishing of the season.Read more ...
I spent 3 days at Woods Lake with my son Jarod. We landed there on Thursday night at 11 pm, up at 5 and on the water in very foggy conditions. We found fish rising all over the lake in the fog; I had my bag by 7am and put a few smaller ones back, Jarod not being so lucky.
Much the same thing Saturday getting 4 and Jarod 2. We didn’t fish Sunday, preferring to go touring on the lake instead. We had a great time, biggest fish was 1kg “gilled and gutted”; all fish were in fabulous nick.
Regards - Mark Tapsell
I took my mainland mate (Kevin Wilkinson) to the Great Lake yesterday, joined by Bailey and Phil Zanetto. We were hopeful of some good "Shark fishing", ..(polarioding trout in windlanes). Phil caught one, we never saw a fish. The BBQ was good though.
I decided to take Bailey and his mate Jack Shennan up to the lakes for a night.
On Saturday afternoon we went to Little Lake and caught 27 brownies, the lake was very low, strong NW winds, mostly cloudy. I managed my bag limit using small wets and the boys caught the rest on soft plastics. Many fish were missed and lost as well.
I woke up to a drizzly overcast morning today so I quickly grabbed the fly rod and headed to Four Springs Lake along with Sasha my dog. With unchanged conditions greeting us on arrival, I soon had the boat in the water and slowly headed out looking for moving trout. After about 25 minutes looking without spotting one, I put the fly rod down and up with the spinning rod.
I just arrived home after a couple of enjoyable days at the Pumphouse bay camp ground at Arthurs Lake. We didn’t do a lot of fishing, but as Monday's weather was calm, Virginia and I decided to take the fly rod over the hill to Woods Lake for a couple of hours.
I am glad we did.
Peter Toohey - to anglersalliance 16 January.
I read about the PWS apparent abandonment of the plateau.
Our experience at Interlaken is that they don’t give a stuff!
Went to Four Springs Lake last night with George Papp. I went with the camera while I watched George have a flick with the fly rod - hoping to get a few pics of him. He managed to catch a nice rainbow right on dark and missed another one. Fish was caught on mudeye pattern from the shore. Only one boat on the lake and no one else to be seen. Saw a few duns and spinners, but not much at all moving on top. It was a bit breezey though and will take the boat next time.
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My Nephew Jedd and I just returned from our Annual trip to Arthurs lake but sadly our trip was cut short to just over 3 days as my mum was very ill and we needed to rush home. The three days we did have were very good weather-wise with warm weather and a fair amount of sunshine.
With the recent closure of the Liawenee Field Station and transfer of Plateau management to Mole Creek, one might very well ask this question. For the first time in many decades, there is no Ranger present or Parks and Wildlife Service representation on the Central Plateau.
We decided to have a look up at Little Lake this arvo with Bailey & the Mad Hungarian George. We landed 19 brownies between us, most were caught on the dry with a couple on small wets later on in the day when the wind picked up. Fish were feeding on damsels and dragonflys, jumping out of the water all over the place.
I had grand plans to get up at 4am this morning and fish the wind lanes at Lake Leake. I must be getting soft,... as I chose "'Plan B.'" Plan B” was to sleep in and head to Lake Augusta at around 9am...a much more civilized option. As I was heading up, I passed Johnny Dekkers coming down the hill; he was on his way home from Penstock where he managed a couple of quality fish.
Our neighbour Rodney decided to take myself and my brother Connor out in the boat on Lake Leake for a couple of hours. While out on the water, there was a fair NW breeze blowing. We trolled up the Big Timber Shore. We were getting a few hits; I then changed to a different Tassie Devil lure. My lure wasn’t even in the water 5 minutes before I was on! It was a nice little brown measuring 30cm, which is a nice pan size!
We were off to fish Penstock on Sunday headed up the mountain about 8 o'clock. We got to Cramps bay turn off Road Closed because of bush fires couldn't get through, so we took the long way.
Back down the mountain through Liffy to the A5 high way past Great Lake an extra one an half hours . Finally got to the shack at Flintstone to pick up my boat then back to Penstock about 11.30 . On the water fishing the dam end had a few cast Duns starting to show, we were pulling wets.
Only five hardy (foolhardy?) souls gathered @ Pumphouse Bay campsite on Friday, meeting Simmo who had arrived the day before.
Cold. Windy. Pissing rain and even a heavy, but brief, hailstorm! Noice.
Simmo and Doc were out fishing when I arrived, so during a break between showers (deluges!) I set up camp. They came back just after I'd set up, and we had a coffee. Simmo had a good trout, and we decided it was cold, wet and unpleasant at the camp, wouldn't be much worse on the lake, and a better chance of a fish on the lake than at camp, so we set off.
Bailey & I decided it was about time we got into a bit of dry fly fishing, so with a good forecast we decided to spend a few of hours up at Cramps Bay at Great lake. Werrived around 12pm and fished till 5pm, was tough going. There were plenty of gum beetles on the water, but not too many taking off the top; we did a lot of running around looking for likely spots.
The annual Back to Pedder comp for 2013 is set to run over the traditional Australia Day period in January. Commencing on Thursday 24th and concluding on Monday 28th with the mid-morning weigh-in and lunchtime presentations wrapping up proceedings.
We had a trip to the highlands on Saturday arvo and fished Great Lake. Sunday saw us at Arthurs Lake with my old fishing mate Roundy... Below is the wrap up of the weekend. We arrived on Great Lake around lunch time, conditions weren’t too bad when we arrived but deteriated as the afternoon went on, it got very cold and windy. We stuck it out for a couple of hours for one brown caught by Roundy around the 3lb mark and a couple of misses on the softies.
A late spur of the moment decision found me out West yesterday for a spot of dry fly action.
I decided to join the boys for a wander into a lake I haven't fished in years for a look. As it had been years since I had fished it I was very eager to get in there. The plan was to meet the others at Liawenee at around 5am as they were heading up from Hobart. I couldn't sleep Friday night so I headed up around 11pm and thought I'd get a coupla hours kip in the bus before they arrived. This never happened as I found myself just driving around the highlands to see how much wildlife I could spot under the moonlit sky!
Connor, Wally and I went out on Lake Leake for a couple of hours. We were in Wally’s boat and headed out at 12:30, and we trawled up around the Big Timber Shore, only getting a few touches. We then went over to the island getting a bit of cover from the wind, and getting a few hits on Tassie devil lures. We then trawled across in to Choco log bay, where Wally had a nice hit, but dropped it. We fished in there for about 45 minutes, getting a few hits. We then started to head back to Kalangadoo Bay, where Wally hooked this small Rainbow trout.
With a big wish list for a great long weekend planned my bubble soon got burst on Friday when I checked the 4 day weather forecast. Arriving at the Great lake around 2pm finding a reasonable southerly wind coming straight up the lake and most of the fish on the fish finder at around the 7 metre mark I guess due to the barometric pressure on a down ward trend also found they weren't very hungry tried every colour of the rainbow to catch only 1browny in good condition 1 1/2lbs and a very shabby rainbow should have been over 3lbs bet was lucky to get 1 1/2lbs on the scale. I don't why this fish was in so poor condition but over the weekend talking to another angler he had caught one as well just as poor.
With all the cloud and humidity Four Springs was on the visit list today. I needn't have bothered and have no doubt I would have seen just as many rises had I stayed in Launceston! Only a handful of duns and the anglers I spoke to also saw nothing. A few guys said that there had been large dun hatches there during the week but nothing on them,. I tried everything even resorting to a sinking line in 4 metres of water.The fact that there were only 5 boats in the carpark should have hinted things would be slow.. the enigma that is Four Springs..I actually never saw one rise.
Dale Howard and I organised to head up to Lake King William yesterday. I dared not back out of this trip as I let him down at the last minute on his previous excursion to the Swan River. I also didn’t want the name “big girlie man” to gain momentum.
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