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"Angling is an art - Hannah Ledger

and an art worth your learning.."

Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.

A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.

As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.

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Whitebait News

I have looked into your whitebait status query. Here are a few points;

Coles Bay

Hi everyone, the holiday is now over so I have found some time for a report .
We had 15 nights at Coles bay and considered ourselves very lucky this year as each year we seem to have a disaster, last year my niece broke her arm and tore a tendon, the year before Trev was hit in the head with a cricket bat and knocked out.... we had a very fast trip to Swansea hospital!!!

3 kg Flathead at Greens Beach

3 kilo flathead caught at Greens Beach from the shore held by our 7 year old son Alex.
Fish was caught on blue bait caught at Greens Beach.
Rebecca


PS - Flathead was caught OFF the beach not in a boat.


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Fishing report Swansea 5/1/2011

Wednesday 5 January my family and I headed to Swansea to "hopefully" catch a feed of flathead.
Heading out from the Swansea town centre boat ramp at around 8am, hopes were high that the kid's and Janet would get onto a few. As for myself, I was "designated decky" and man o man did they keep me busy!!!
We headed out towards the Coles Bay side for about 10 minutes and pulled up to see what was about.......from the moment the rods hit the water, it never stopped.
In short, we caught our limit as well as throwing about 150 undersized ones back.
Janet and the kids also caught a couple of gummys and gurnards as by-catch... that were also returned.
As for myself, I am sipping on a well earned beer as I write this, with the smell of crumbed flathead coming from the kitchen....all is good with the world.
regards,
Todd L

Salmon for Christmas anyone?

by Sarah Graham IFS
Saltas Atlantic salmon - being set free at Craigbourne Dam

Saltas recently donated 450 Atlantic salmon with an average weight of 3 kg to the Inland Fisheries Service. These trophy salmon were stocked into Lake Meadowbank (150) and Craigbourne Dam (300) on Monday 13 December, just in time for Christmas.

Port Sorell Report Sunday 17th of October 2010

A quick note to go with the photo of my wife Nikki Brown, taken on Sunday morning. We trolled for a couple of hours from the Port Sorell boat ramp upriver to Eagle point, picking up a few nice salmon and two decent Couta.
Enjoyed the sunshine and our new 429 seahorse and 30 fourstroke recently purchased from Port Sorell marine.
See you out there somewhere soon
Ian Brown

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

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