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Seeking sea-run trout

Andrew Large, of Got One Hobart, is a keen sea-run trout angler. He outlines how to catch these fabulous sportfish.

What is a Sea-Run trout?

Sea-runners are brown trout (salmo-trutta) that have, as juvenile fingerlings, made a decision to move away from freshwater and to live in saltwater.

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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

Whitebait regulations for 2010

Regulations
A whitebait licence is required to take whitebait but does not give
the right to take or retain any other fish. A person who has not
attained the age of 10 years is not eligible to hold a whitebait
licence. A person may not hold more than one whitebait licence at a
time and a licence cannot be transferred. A whitebait licence does not
permit the sale of whitebait. It is an offence for a person to have a
whitebait net at or near an inland water, unless the person has a
whitebait licence and the particular water is open to whitebait
fishing at the time.

Seasickness - You have or will suffer

Shane Flude
There would be few people reading this magazine that have
not suffered at some stage to some degree with seasickness.
Sometimes referred to as Mal de mer, seasickness is a form
of motion sickness and statistics show that 90% of people
will suffer from some form of motion sickness during their
life.

Prawning in Tasmania - oh yeah!

by Jamie Henderson
No matter where you are in Australia, pretty much every
saltwater based estuary environment you come across will
contain a species of prawn…..yes even in Tasmania.
I am often quizzed by tourists travelling through the North
East region about the subject as they notice lights in the water
during the dark nights over the summer months. Many are
amazed that we have prawns in Tasmania at all, but let me
assure you there are plenty here at the right time of year.
Successful prawning is an art, and for some groups of
people, an annual pastime that has been going on for decades
with secret spots, times and techniques guarded as closely as
the gold in Fort Knox.

Garfish Footy Season Fun

Mike Stevens

Garfish are one of Tasmania’s most sought estuarine fish during the cooler months. During the AFL season - March to September they are plentiful, great fun to catch and delicious to eat. The cooler months are best, and bigger fish are found inshore and in most Tasmanian estuaries.
Southern garfish: Hyporhamphus australis

You can help bream research

Dr James Haddy.
Do you want to be a recreational research angler? Have you ever wondered how old a bream is?. Been concerned about environmental flows into our estuaries or thought about how climate change might affect fish abundance. If so you might be able to help staff and students from the Australian Maritime College answer these questions by participating in a black bream research project as a recreation research angler.

Sight fishing for bream

by Isaac Harris.
Most of my fishing for bream is done after I see them. Casting to ‘sighted’ fish is the greatest thrill ever! Polaroiding for trout is common enough, but my passion is bream – from the shore. I’m going to explain the highs and techniques of sight fishing in this article.
Being a school kid in Hobart, without a car to tow a boat, restricts me to fishing shore-based or ‘shorebashing’ as many call it, whilst dad (transport) is working. Mostly I fish weekends and holidays or any chance I get really. No matter where I get dropped off, or whatever time, I usually get to see some unbelievable stuff in the good weather, but also the bad.
This article relates mostly to the Derwent River, but applies to similar waters all around Tasmania.

Inshore Fishing the Tasman Peninsula – Pirates Bay and Nubeena

by Matt Byrne
Visitor information
Two popular fishing locations on the historic Tasman Peninsula are Pirates Bay and Nubeena. Pirates Bay and Nubeena are located approximately 1 hour and 1.5 hours drive south of Hobart respectively. These locations are highly popular and are jam packed during the peak holiday periods and this is partly so due to the great diversity of fishing that is on offer.

Highest-ever winter water temperatures recorded off East Coast

by Craig Macaulay
Tasmania’s east coast is recording its highest-ever winter water temperatures of more than 13ºC  – up to 1.5ºC above normal – due to a strengthening of an ocean current originating north of Australia.
Satellites have given oceanographers an insight into a remarkable phenomenon – a significant extension of the Leeuwin Current curling around the southern tip of Tasmania and reaching as far north as St Helens.

Fishing around town - Devonport

By Leroy Tirant
The Mersey River is just one location around Devonport where some good fish can be caught and it is the one Leroy Tirant is going to give us a closer look at.
Fishing the Mersey River at Devonport is a year round proposition. Most of the bread and butter species can be caught here nearly year round with seasonal migrations of other fish.
This is by no means an in depth report but it will provide those with little knowledge of the area good starting points to at least get the kids onto some fish.

Telstra Next G(tm) network works on water

Tasfish readers would no doubt be interested in knowing about - Seafaring Telstra Next G™ customers planning offshore trips can now check the mobile network’s coverage out to sea with the launch of new online maps.

http://www.telstra.com.au/abouttelstra/media-centre/announcements/telstra-next-g-network-works-on-water-.xml

Rock Lobster Plan - Some thoughts

The rock lobster fishery is in decline. The biomass has reduced and is still in decline. The total catch must be reduced to allow the biomass to rise.

There is real thought amongst recreational fishers that Government, and more particularly the fisheries department does no more than give recreational fishers lip service.

Rock Lobster Plan - Some thoughts

The rock lobster fishery is in decline. The biomass has reduced and is still in decline. The total catch must be reduced to allow the biomass to rise.

There is real thought amongst recreational fishers that Government, and more particularly the fisheries department does no more than give recreational fishers lip service.

A Socio-Economic Assessment of the Tasmanian Recreational Rock Lobster Fishery

S. Frijlink & J.M. Lyle
A self-administered mail questionnaire was used to collect social and economic data from Tasmanian rock lobster licence holders. Questions pertained to fisher's demographic characteristics, fishing participation patterns and preferences, fishing attitudes and experience preferences, and expenditure relating to rock lobster fishing.

Please take the time to read this report (click here) . It is 75 pages long and about 716kb.

Rock Lobster Rules Review Update

Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing Inc

The Rock Lobster Management Plan Review commenced in April 2009 with the current set of rules in place until February 2011. Since the review commenced TARFish have been involved in meetings with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DIPWE) and the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fisherman’s Association (TRLFA), the commercial rock lobster fishers. The meetings have been to understand the issues the fishery faces and what measures may be required to ensure the rock lobster fishery is sustainable for all stakeholders into the future.

Flounder Report 15th May 2010

With the trout season now closed for Trev and myself at least (we don't bother with the waters still open from now on), we thought we would head down the Tamar and try for a feed of Flounder.
Where to go? .... that was the question.

Devonport fishing report May 2010

report by  Leroy Tirant
Fishing around Devonport in the last couple of weeks has been fantastic for anglers dropping a line in between the rain and or the wind. The Mersey has been producing some fantastic Silver Trevally up to a kilo. Most have been smaller juveniles but anglers taking the time to berley have been catching good numbers with the odd bigger fish amongst them.

BREAM WANTED

 


 Researchers at the AMC are investigating the influence of environmental later conditions on bream growth and survival. As a recreational fisher we would like you to participate as a recreational research angler.  Next time you go fishing for bream and keep a few, place your frames in a plastic bag with a label stating the date, capture estuary, your name and contact details. 

Rock Lobster discussion paper

Government plans to reduce recreational rock lobster catch Tasmanian fisheries managers have determined the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery is over fished. Around 92.5% of rock lobster taken is by commercial fishers and the remainder by recreational methods. The Government plans to reduce the daily recreational bag limit from 5 to 4, despite the recreational share NEVER having reached its limit. Please read the attached and if you are a recreational rock lobster fisher make sure you attend one of the meetings. The dates are in the attached paper. We will put up some of the important points and further opinions here before these meetings start.

Attached Paper

'DAD do you want me to show you how?'

Last weekend a few ANSA (Australian National Sportfishing Assoc.) members had a trip to North West Bay, south of Hobart and it absolutely went off. The short visit saw large Australian salmon 500mm plus, tailor and pick-axe couta all taken on silver slice Halco lures. The action was so fast with the Tailor and Salmon chasing pilchards in bait ball and couta flashing under the main school nailing anything that strayed from the safety of the mass that triple hook ups were the rule.

Beaumaris Report 13 03 2010

I fish on Beaumaris Beach near Shelley Point. The last 2 times I fished I caught a big flat head, some mullet, 4 bream, some salmon and 3 trevally.
I was using cocktail prawns for bait. These fish are there most of the time and I used a small river rod.
My brother and nephew came down on Tuesday night and they caught 4 sharks and 1 gurnard so the fish are there its just a matter of knowing where to go.
If I told you exactly I would have to kill you!

Chris
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Silver trevally from the shore

Jamie Henderson

I am sure you have all read a few articles and reports on how BIG the silver trevally are on the East Coast and how good the fishery is these days, hell I have even done a couple myself, but for the most part they are based more on fishing from a boat around Georges Bay and being able to find schools of fish and target them specifically. Owning a boat these days is quite often low on the list of priorities for the family man with many other commitments. So being able to maximise your shore fishing opportunities and make the most of your feet is as important as the tackle you use to do it with. Now just because you don’t own a boat it doesn’t mean you can’t catch some quality silver trevally and St Helens is the perfect area to base yourself from. The following article and photo’s will prove beyond a reasonable doubt the fish caught shore bashing are everywhere as big and hard fighting as those caught from a boat and can offer the wandering angler some of the best light tackle sport fishing this state has to offer.

Mike Stevens and Leroy Tirant Win first Tasmanian Bream Classic for 2010

Round 1 Tasmanian Bream Fishing Classics

After a year off for both Mike Stevens and Leroy Tirant joined up for the first time and came back with a vengance. A well executed plan started with a comprehensive look around Georges Bay on Friday prefish.

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