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.Read more ...
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
Headed out from Devonport with a mate on Monday afternoon to try our luck with the Australian Salmon. When we finally arrived outside the mouth, we snuck our way around to where the other boats were (12 others) as they were all congregated together. It didn't take long and we were both on, lovely 1.3kgs Australian salmon. Hit after hit occurred for the next hour, but we hit the jackpot with four lovely yellowtail kingfish. What an awesome fighting (and eating) fish, especially on our 5kg trout gear. Needless to say I will be leaving the trout alone and heading back out to sea when weather permits next. All the kingfish weighed in at 1.6kg cleaned.
Cheers, Lance, Devonport.
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We had a good day on 25th January out of my hometown, Bridport, with a few mates. Whilst bottom bouncing for the usual flatfish, we had a thumping great school of medium sized salmon erupt all around the boat for a good 3 hours. The fish looked pretty flighty and with good reason, as one the photos will show, as the local mako and couta population went to town on the them. Quite a sight to see, not to mention the absolute noise of thousands of salmon thrashing for their lives on the surface.
Other than the salmon, everything else was a bit quiet, plenty of flatties but all quite small.
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Mercury Passage on fire with good sized flatties and squid (southern part near Green Point).
Crays potting but only just !!!
Mike, please find below report from the Huon. I am a member of the Desirables Fishing Club - which is a registered club in New South Wales - with current club president Mr Timion Rosso. We run an annual competition for the biggest fish caught in the "desirable species list". Which includes flathead, bream, trout, murray cod, aussie salmon and kingfish.
We decided to head to the coast for a feed of flathead so Bridport was first choice as my father lives there.. free house overnight plus a chance to catch up with the old boy 91 years young.
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by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.