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Tiny creeks and sea run trout - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Christopher Bassano fishes over 250 days a year. This interview was recorded just before he headed off to fish for Australia in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Norway 14-17 August 2013.

I live on a small stream and at the start of the season I like to go off on a bit of a discovery mission and fish the headwaters of the creeks and rivers I feel an affinity with.

These small rivers include the St Pats, Meander, Forester, Little Forester and others. The further up you go on these rivers the clearer and lower the levels. They are often less affected by the rain and runoff and you get some good opportunities. Get as close to the source as you can and you will find some good dry fly fishing. Don’t limit yourself to those I have mentioned. Most headwaters will hold trout.

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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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