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Presented from Issue 93

Thousands of Tasmanians participate in recreational line fishing each year with the majority fishing in marine waters. The most popular target species is flathead with Australian salmon also keenly sought.

Tasmania has a dedicated group of over 23,000 anglers who trout fish each year, many of whom also fish in marine waters. However, a larger proportion of recreational anglers who fish in marine waters don’t go trout fishing. If you are one of these anglers, why not give trout fishing a go this season?

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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

Lake Leake Report 11/9/2012

We went back down to the lake once the rain eased off, I was fishing at the boat ramp with a “YEP Black and gold flapper” (Thanks Dale!!) And I had a small rainbow have a go at it, but it didn’t take it, I have about 4 more casts, let it sink, and felt a few hits, then it took the soft plastic! It put up a good fight. When I got it to the bank, the hook was not going anywhere, it was in deep! It’s my 2nd trout for the 2012/2013 season. And it’s not a bad size at, 47cm & 1.8pounds!

Samuel Evans – Lake Leake

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Four Springs 7/9/2012

I went for a short trip to Four Springs today arrived at 8am on water by 8.30am. There was [lenty of wind and man o man was the water dirty, as I only fly fish knew it wouldn’t be easy. I started in one of my spots and within four casts I am on, only to lose it in the Tussocks.
I kept the same drift and had one more swirl at the fly but wasn’t looking. I then decided to go to the top of the lake for a drift with no success, so came back to where I started and within seven casts I was on and landed a solid brown.

Four Springs 26/8/2012

Four Springs was very nice, although tried very hard only ended the day with two ,very nice browns, to the best of my knowledge nobody bettered that number either. We stayed at Legana for the night, sorted out some gear problems the next day and fished F/S the next afternoon for a magnificent brown, (belting down) then returned to Brushy for the rest of the day, boated an Atlantic about 8 lbs and another brown.

Four Springs 23/8/2012

I managed to slip out to Four Springs Today and arrived at about 12:30 and started having a chat to a bloke at the ramp who was halfway through cooking a great smelling bacon and egg. After chatting for about 10 minutes I realised it was fellow president Reg Travers (hope I spelt it right Reg) who had already boated 2 healthy browns fishing plastics for the first time.

Brushy / Four Springs 22/8/2012

Hi everyone, Trev had a student free day today so no work for me either. Todd assured us we would catch fish At Brushy lagoon after a recent stocking of atlantics. We all met at the boat ramp around 8.30am and were joined by Reg Travers who is currently camping there. A quick coffee and we were ready to hook in!

Brushy Lagoon 22/8/2012

After an early start at Brushy and fish caught we never saw another. We caught 3 fish in all 4,5 and 6 pound. Hopefully another President will go get some as there are plenty more there for the taking. The trick is catching them.
We may give it another go next week just for a change.
Regards Rose and Vic

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Lake Leak Report 21/8/2012

Connor and I went for a fish at the lake, we went up around the bay a bit and I flicked a “Yep” Rainbow Ripper minnow around. While Connor was using a squidgy bug, but no luck. We decided to head back to the Kalangadoo Bay Boat ramp, and changed my lure to a metal rainbow lure. I had around about 5 casts, casted let it sink, and I hooked this nice little rainbow! It was my first trout for the season, it wasn’t a monster, but still, I can’t complain!!  Was in good condition and nice and fat! It was 31cm and around about 1lb.
Regards,
Samuel Evans – Lake Leake

Four Springs 21/8/2012

Fished Four Springs again got  there at about 9.00am to not much wind. Just enough to move the boat. Did a couple of drift for not even a touch. Then we drifted towards the trees out in the deep and it started.
Vic and I both caught fish in a short time, because then we cast for ages for nothing, just when we thought it was all done it started again. We ended up with our bag and put back 3 or 4.

Penstock Lagoon 18/8/2012

We headed up to Penstock for the weekend and was joined by Ross Frankcombe and arrived there on Friday around 10.15am. After a quick unpack, we were on the water fishing at noon. A light north easterly wind posed little problems and Ross hooked (and lost) a nice fish, five minutes into our first drift. We managed two for this session before the wind dropped out, along with any further interest from the fish.

Pioneer Lake 20/8/2012

On the 20th of August I woke up at 6:45am and realised that I had slept in for 20 minutes so I grabbed my gear and rushed over to the Pioneer Lake and set my rods out, I used 2 floats, both weighted with a red hook and a worm on each, 45 minutes later I saw my float start moving then it bobbed up and down then it took off across the surface then is stopped and went back under again.

Curries River Reservoir 19/8/2012

I met up with Dale "Unit" Howard and his son Trevor at their house around 8.30ish this morning and had my son Jacob with me and after Dale picked Bailey Zanetto up on the way, we headed for Curries River Reservoir.
Upon arrival around 9.30, we observed that fellow President Warwick Medwin and his mate were already on the water fishing. We spoke to a couple of guys just getting off the water, they had a small rainbow of around a pound and a couple of browns that were a bit “underdone weight- wise”, but would still weigh in around three and a half pounds.

Penstock Lagoon 19/8/2012

Derek and I went to Penstock today for a three hour practice session. We managed to land eight fish keeping five and releasing the others. The fish were all in top nick, dropped a few as well, conditions weren’t that ideal, but still paid off with some fly changes and hard work.

Cheers Craig

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Four Springs 16/8/2012

We headed out to Four Springs this morning with Bill Williams and one thing on my mind...redemption. I use that word, as the day before; I took him out with nothing to show for our efforts but a chill in the back, 2 missed strikes... and a straightened hook. Today was another day however.

Pioneer Lake 12/8/2012

On the 12th of the August my dad said lets go fishing so I said, "Do you want to try a new spot ", so off we went. When we got there we decided who was getting which spot. I ended up getting the spot on the bank between 2 banks of reeds and dad has a jetty also between 2 reeds banks.

Pioneer Lake 4/8/2012

On the 4th of August I walked down to the Pioneer Lake at 6.20am. When i got there it was raining so I got ready and waited for the wind to calm down a bit then i made my first cast it blew back in with in 3 minutes but I didn't give up.

Lake Leake Report 13/8/2012

Samuel Evans - Kalangadoo/Tasmania
My brother and I went for a fish down the lake, I was fishing off a log and I landed these 2 rainbow trout, the 1st one was 31cm & the 2nd one was 34cm. The trout were in good condition. They were my 1st trout for the season. I hope to catch a few more! (But just a bit bigger)

Connor Evans

Curries River Dam Report 12/8/2012

Looks like I am doing the report as Dale has handpassed it on to me! We fished Curries River Dam this arvo with Dale, Trev, & Bailey. We met up with them onsite around lunchtime. It was the first time here for me, but Dale has fished it a few times about 15 years ago and got some nice fish out of it on the fly.

Penstock Lagoon 12/8/2012

Some photos of our two and a half hour trip at Penstock today.
Cheers Craig

Cramps Bay Report 11/8/2012

I headed up to Cramps Bay (Great Lake), with my boy Jared this morning.
Left home around 6am and was on the water & fishing by around 7.15ish.
Using Yep black n gold flappers we landed 7 trout, most being browns with the exception of a lone rainbow.
We fished on along the western shore using 1/8th jig heads in around 1.5 to 2 metres of water. Retrieves were very slow,... keeping the plastic along the bottom for as long as possible.
Not much snow left up there at the moment and fish (when cleaned), were extremely pink in colour.
Regards, Mark.

Four Springs Report 11/8/2012

We left home at 6am this morning and met up with Phil and Bailey Zanetto at the Four Springs car park around 6.30 ish. A couple of cars also rolled in , but not "too many"... to speak of early. It is about at this time, I must admit to my own Tool Academy nomination. I launched my little 12 foot tinny, only to see the rope come undone and it drifting out of reach toward the middle of the lake.

Four Springs 11/8/2012

I went out after work for a relaxing hour of angling. It was awesome till I tried to get off the water. A regatta was still in full swing 15 boats and another 15 cars. We got a nice brown of a kilo in the calming conditions. The wind died off and water was glassy.

Four Springs Lake Report 8/8/2012

I decided to take Bailey for a fish out to Four Springs Lake after work today.
Arrived there near 5pm and we were finished by 6pm, talk about fast and furious action!!
We finished this little session with nine trout; I caught two beaut rainbows and a brown right at the ramp.
I didn’t want to go for a walk, (bit lazy in my old age), Bailey went for a wade up to the right of the ramp, to the point, and he bagged six browns, releasing two.

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