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Presented from Issue 109, April 2014
Post-Christmas has me focussed on the Derwent’s big black bream more often than not these days and given my proximity to the river its little wonder that is the case. In a busy time poor world the ease one can achieve a few hours at the drop of a hat it’s a quick release to clear the mind. But come April the true trout angler inside always sees me looking to the highlands for a couple of late season fixes on the trout.

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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!

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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.

Devonport kingfish

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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Bridport Report January 25 2010 

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

Mercury Passage on fire with good sized flatties and squid (southern part near Green Point).

Crays potting but only just !!!

Huon Report

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.

Bridport Report January 2010

By Tom
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.

Yellow eye mullet

Common names; Sand mullet.

Greenish brown along back with brown fins. Silver or yellow on the belly and eye distinctly yellow.


Squid are members of the cephalopod family (tentacled heads). Other famous members include octopus and cuttlefish. There are two types of squid that are of interest to keen Tasmanian anglers. These are Gould's squid (also known as arrow squid) and the southern calamari. Both squid live in deep water but the calamari is more likely to be found closer to the shore than the arrow squid.

Tasman Peninsula

Kayaker, Craig Vertigan takes us to his favourite spot. It is a great place to catch fish all year around.

Tassie has many great spots to take your kayak. One of my favourite spots is the Tasman Peninsula. Hundreds of kilometres of shoreline start at Dunalley Bay and finish opposite at Blackmans Bay. Norfolk and Frederick Henry are the most friendly for kayakers offering protection in many small bays and coves.


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