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Presented from Issue 96
Late summer brings to the fore the best of fly fishing in Tasmania, the regularity of hatches and falls of terrestrial insects makes dry fly fishing at times spectacular. These days are highlights and can be predicted with some regularity, however along with the highs you also get the lows, those ‘dog days’ where the trout simply don’t want to play. It could be they are too well fed or more sensitive to changes in the weather, or in fact simply will not feed until the hatch they can predict better than us arrives.

How to predict where the fishing will be good is a key to success at this time of year particularly if you want the fish a particular style of fly fishing. When fish do start to feed make the most of the opportunities as in high summer with warm water these ‘hot bites’ may well only last a short time.

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Blue Warehou Facts

Common names: trevally, snotties, snotty trevally

More closely related to the trevallas than the true trevally species. Dark steely blue above, silvery white below. When alive, darker blotches are often observed on flanks but these tend to fade soon after death. A prominent black spot is found above the pectoral fin.

These fish have a mucous film covering their bodies (hence the name "snotties"). It has been speculated that this slime may be an adaptation to protect against the stinging cells of jellyfish which juveniles shelter under, and adults later feed upon.

Grows to 76cm and over 7kg in weight, (when reaching this size they are about 10 years old). They are a rapidly growing fish reaching around 25cm length in their first year. Spawning occurs in western Bass Strait in winter and spring, and there is some evidence that they become mature from about 32cm in length. A migratory schooling fish which is caught on reefs, under jetties, wharves and moored boats. Though predominately caught in gillnets, these fish are strong fighters when taken on light gear. The best method of capture is using no sinker with small hook and allowing baits such as raw chicken meat or fresh  shelled prawns to sink until  reaching midwater.

A very good eating fish when eaten fresh although there is some deterioration of flesh when stored frozen for extended periods. Its diet consists of jellyfish, and small invertebrates.

Juveniles and subadults form large schools and migrate through certain areas around Tasmania during summer and autumn, especially along the north and south-east coasts.

Legal size: 25cm

Bag and possession limit Stanley wharf area 20 per person

Recommended bag limit other areas: 20

"Fish for the future"

For further information please contact Marine Resources Division, DPIF, Box 192B, Hobart 7001 or Phone (03) 62 337042 or Fax (03) 62 231539.

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