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Presented from Issue 98

What is egi?
About 400 years ago a bloke in Japan was looking at squid in the harbour, while fishing, and thought there has to be a better way to catch these things. Until then the techniques were a dip net and teaser bait, cast or drag net. He studied the squid for some time and observed that the squid would prey on fish and shrimp as they slowed or stopped. After much trial and error he created an artificial bait that would suspend or sink very slowly in the water, and hopefully attract the squid to the artificial bait.

He called this artificial bait egi.

 At that stage it did not have barbs on the lower part of the egi and was used to excite the squid to attack and come close enough to pick up with a dip net. After much success attracting squid to the egi, but still having difficulty netting squid more thought came into the design.

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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

Brushy Lagoon 19/5/2012

I woke up Saturday morning not to early, looked outside through the bedroom window and knew it would be a great day to go fishing. I thought Brushy's would be good, try and catch a salmon or two. So my lovely wife made some lunch and a thermos of coffee for me while I hooked the boat up to the car.
I rang my brother Dom up to see if he was keen to go as well, he was so I headed off and pick him up on the way. We arrived at Brushy's around 10am put the boat in and slowly trolled towards the dam wall. There were about eight people fishing off the wall and three boats as well as a couple kayaks working the lagoon.

Boost to the off season fishery in the Northwest with salmon stocked into Lake Barrington

Northwest anglers got a nice boost to their winter fishery stocks this week with a new batch of Atlantic salmon stocked into Lake Barrington. The fish donated from Tassal are up to 8 kg.

Lake Leake 5/5/2012

Mike, my mate Zam and I took the bit between the teeth and fished Lake Leake on closing weekend. Zam sneaked up early and fished on the Friday for four reasonable fish as well as a few of the small rainbows the lake seems to be teeming with.  Not fair really, as they were already hanging in the safe to tease me when I arrived just on dark Friday night.

Quick Response by IFS Saves Lives at Arthurs Lake

Waters of Arthurs Lake, like many highland waters, can be treacherous at times
The Inland Fisheries Service helped Tasmania Police in the rescue of a Tasmanian couple whose dinghy had capsized whilst fishing at Arthurs Lake last Thursday 26 April. IFS staff stationed at Lake Crescent were able to respond quickly to the emergency, joining the Police search using an IFS boat fully equipped with search and rescue equipment. They successfully located the couple on Brazendale Island, Arthurs Lake at around 11.30 pm and averted the life threatening situation.

Penstock Lagoon Report 20/4/2012

Had an RDO on Friday so thought I would take the opportunity to get one last fish in at the lakes before the season closes for the year. After heading the the shack at Arthur's Thursday night I had decided to fish penstock at first light in hope of some late season action in the shallows.

Four Springs Report 21/4/2012

We headed out to Four Springs with my son Jacob this afternoon for a bit of a troll around in the hope that we might pick something up.
No such luck, not even a tap. We ran into President Jamie Morehouse on the water and their boat lost an estimated four pounder at the net.
When we left them, they had nothing to show for their efforts as well, but they were still trying,... so hopefully things picked up.

Little Lake Report 21/4/2012

Decided to take Bailey and his mate Nathan Vanderspeck up to Little Lake today for a final fish before the season ends next weekend.
We arrived around noon and we fished till 3.30pm. We caught 18 beaut little browns from 3/4lb up to 1.5lb,caught on softies and hardbodies.

Huntsmans Lake Report 21/4/2012

Today Trev, my dad, (Geoff ) and I had a very hard afternoon fishing at Huntsman Lake.
When we arrived it was bright and sunny, not a ripple on the water.
As previously stated, we worked very hard for two  (and 3 others on and lost).
A nice big black cloud along with a breeze came and i thought this would improve things,... but that was it.
Not another touch all afternoon.
Dale and Trev (Please Click Read More for Pictures )

Four Springs Report 13/4/2012

Jim and I headed out to Four Springs Lake on Friday, arriving there just before lunchtime.
It looked promising with a bit of chop on the water, but there were only a couple of boats on the lake and they said they weren’t catching anything.

Lake Meadowbank

Information from Hydro regarding Lake Meadowbank and the maintenance procedures due in March 2013.
Please click here to read the letter

Little Lake Report 6/4/2012

We headed up to Little Lake Good Friday with Mike Stevens for a short and sharp little session.
Fished with Dales "Yep" hardbodies and Berkley T- Tails.
We landed a dozen, keeping ten for Easter fare.
Egg n Bacon rolls, freshly cooked trout, coffee, and a couple of scotchs "onsite", capped off a great afternoon.
Regards - Todd
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Four Springs Report 3/4/2012

As stated in my previous Four Springs Report, I headed back to Foursey's today with the fly rod.
Hopes were high that I would be in for a good day as we had plenty of cloud cover and humidity to spark a hatch.

Four Springs Report 1/4/2012

With today’s weather being as good as it was, I decided to head out to Four Springs for a couple of hours. I arrived at 9.30 am, and to be honest, with it being that late in the morning, I didn’t expect much in the way of any fishing action. Upon arrival, I was soon to realise my first mistake,... I didn’t bring my fly rod.

Laughing Jack & King William Report 27/03/2012

We headed out to Lake King William 27 March, with Dale and Trev Howard, leaving home at 6.30am. On the way, and since we were going past it, we thought we would have a look at Laughing Jack Lagoon as we had never been there before.

Lake Crescent Report 25/3/2012

We went up to Lake Crescent today and fished from 12pm to 3.30pm with Bailey.
We had  heard reports that some good fish had come out of it in October and November around 2 to 3 kgs , but we also realised that a lot of effort went into catching them.

Lake King William Report 13/3/2012

John Cleary, Mike Stevens and I headed out to Lake King William yesterday, doing "research" on this water for the next edition of Tas Fishing and Boating News. What an underutilised and hidden gem this place is. I cannot wait to head back there again.

Lake Augusta West 13/3/2012

Hi all, we fished Lake Augusta West today with Bailey and Jack Shennan, on our way home from Lake King William. There was a S.W wind blowing about 15 to 20 knots with sunny periods. We caught 13 fat trout, one being a rainbow which Jack landed.

Lake Leake and the Presidents

Approximately 15 Presidents converged on Lake Leake for this weekend’s get together.
As expected, the fishing was quite hard but the rewards were there for those that persevered and had a bit of luck on their side. It was great to see a few new faces attending and hopefully they enjoyed themselves as much as we did their company.

Always a river somewhere

Hi everyone, Trev abandoned me today, preferring to go to the pictures .
I thought this would give me a chance to ring a couple of mates and sneak to a river for a couple of hours.
After a couple of calls it dawned on me that no one loves me, so off  I went on my own.

Little Lake 25/02/2012

Bailey and I headed off to Little Lake today, as Bail’s wanted to try out his new “Wildfish” 6 weight fly rod, ... so away we went. We arrived there around 11.30am and fished till 4pm, we had a ball catching 27 brownies on dry’s, beetle patterns and some on emergers.

Huntsmans Lake 18/2/2012

Trev and I spent the afternoon on Saturday fishing Huntsman Lake. We arrived at  12.30 to a perfect overcast day with high expectations that some fish would be rising, after a slow cruise around the lake, not one fish was spotted, so it was away with the fly rods and out with the hard lures.
We started drifting along the western shore of a very low lake, 3rd cast and there was a small fish of about 3/4 of a pound in the boat From then on until “go home time” at 7.00pm it was one hit after another with 19 fish boated for the day, we were getting hit’s every 5 or six casts.

Four Springs Blue Green Algae Update

Blue Green Algae no longer present at Four Springs Lake based on most recent sampling results. Meander Valley Council has taken down signage as of 8/2/12. Council will continue monitoring over the next few weeks.

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