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It can be the best of times; it can be the worst of times. Autumn, that is. The last months of the trout fishing season can be as good as any other, particularly if the beetles and jassids make an appearance in numbers, or if the mayfly dribble on into the gloaming of the season. However if the winter rains come early, and the snow and sleet crash the party, it can be incredibly miserable as well. But perhaps the best saving grace for this time of year is that the water is still warm enough to get things moving insect wise, the trout still remember how to look up for food, and the bigger trout are getting very aggressive prior to spawning. By mixing up a variety of techniques over the days fishing, success can be almost assured. Almost!
The small town of Marrawah on the rugged west coast is home of the famous land based fishing platform called Sinking Rock. Make sure you pronounce it Mar-u-war if you want to fit in. Many of you would have heard of this spot or are probably already regular visitors to this great place, but for those of you who are not it is not as far out of the way as you think and it's easily accessible.
George Town and Low Head are fantastic spots to do some estuary and fresh water fishing. I have spent most of my life fishing the Tamar River and its surrounds. A large majority of that has been around the George Town Low head area. It is a universal area with many fishing options.
Over Ten years ago before I got married I lived at Georgetown with Sarah who is now my wife. I didn't have a boat so most of my fishing was down land-based. One of the closest locations to my home was the Low Head break water.
Surf and beach fishing can be an all year round pursuit. Many people stop fishing as Autumn draws to a close, but there is no need. Tasmania's beaches can be superb on those brisk Winter days-especially on the east coast where temperatures are the most mild in the state. It is inexpesive with some excellent value rod, reels and combos available at very low prices. John Orchard and Mike Stevens take a look at this type of fishing that anyone can enjoy.
Saltwater jigging is a technique that is really getting a solid following worldwide, but in Tasmania it is relatively unknown. Tasmania does have the species and the waters to make this work and tackle shop owner Leroy Tirant recently gave it a try with a couple of mates.Jigging lures for fish has been around for many years, but it's only in recent times that tackle and the lures themselves have been specifically developed for this new born form of fishing. High speed reels, braid, and ultra-light, fast tapered rods have come forward in leaps and bounds as this new frontier has been developed.
Located in the far north-west of Tasmania is the historical town of Stanley. Stanley is quickly becoming a prize destination for the recreational angler.
The annual snotty trevally run on the townships wharf has, according to some, become the number one attraction in the area for visitor numbers. This wharf fishery attracts hundreds of amateur anglers and is now a major player in the tourists numbers that visit the town and unlike all the other draw cards, this one is free.
It could be any suburban home, on any given day of any summer holiday. Your peaceful serenity is disturbed when you are woken up at six a.m. by your daughter screaming at you that her brother has just pulled the head of her Barbie doll, again. You roll over and put your own head under your pillow but your wife shakes you violently and tells you to get outside and mow the lawns. The dog howls, the cat screeches and you cry "ENOUGH! I'm going fishing'
With summer fast approaching and many anglers, both serious ones and those seeking some family fun chasing the bread and butter species, its worth considering trying your luck catching something a little different, so why not squid. Catching squid can provide great fun for the family, doesn't require a boat, or expensive tackle, and provides the added bonus of being a delectable table fish.
My best friend Martin and I have been fishing buddies for years. We grew up together at Mole Creek in the state's north and together we have fished for trout for as long as I can remember. We would often venture down to the local creek or ride our bikes to the Lobster River at Chudleigh to try and catch a trout for tea.
As winter sets in, many Tasmanian anglers take a northern sojourn as a way of escaping the winter blues and adding a trophy tropical sport fish to their species lists. Many direct their endeavours on what many consider the nation's premier sportfish, the barramundi. The Northern Territory is the el-dorado, but many are also focusing their attention to the man made impoundments of Northern Queensland. Others target equally desirous species as queenfish, giant trevally and other saltwater or estuary species which based on the number of articles in the various national publications is a matter of turning up and tossing a lure in the nearest billabong, estuary or dam and winding them in.
Last night I downloaded my emails and amongst them found Virgin Blues latest cut price travel offers. Air travel has never been cheaper and we should all take up these opportunities more often than we do. After all we are all here for a good time not a long time.
Garfish are one of Tasmania's most sought estuarine fish during the cooler months. They are plentiful, great fun to catch and delicious to eat.
The cooler months are best, and finds the bigger fish inshore and in many Tasmanian estuaries. You will see a guide to Tasmania's hot spots following.
The Channel and Storm Bay area adjacent to Bruny Island provides a picturesque and productive fishing location which is well catered for boating anglers with numerous launching ramps and quiet bays. Flathead are prolific and can be found through out the area and respond well to all fishing techniques. Atlantic Salmon are an achievable target particularly when fishing in proximity to the salmon farms. Gummy and School sharks are also widespread and a popular target due to their excellent table qualities. Calamari, which are abundant during the warmer months are a popular target and provide excellent eating and bait.
If you are anything like me and you enjoy getting out and catching fish for the sheer fun and excitement of it, no matter what the size or species of fish you may be catching?... then do yourself a favor and grab a selection of soft plastic lures and a light spin outfit and head down to the rocks. Fishing from the rocks with soft plastics and light tackle can provide some adrenalin packed action, which can be seriously addictive to even the keenest of anglers. Be warned though, it is not for the faint hearted, or those who are afraid of loosing a few jigheads/lures and the odd fish to the kelp and rocks as this is just part of the game!
Jigging has been around since the year dot. South Pacific islanders have been using turtle and seashell jigs and hooks for centuries and still continue that tradition in some places.
We are a little more sophisticated in this country; or we would like to think we are. In any case, we have at our disposal a wide array of lures and gear to fish with jigs that is either made specifically or adapted for this style of angling.
In the winter things in our estuaries and coastal areas start to close down but not necessarily shut down. Sometimes I think we shut down a lot more than the fishing does. . I know its cold, but you normally get a lot of still calm days during the winter, which allows small boat owners to access areas they could not fish during the windy months. Some fish species actually get more active as the water temperature drops. Fish such as Garfish, Salmon, Flathead, Gummy Sharks, Couta, Blue warhoe and Sea Trout are all worth targeting throughout the winter months
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