To have not heard or been exposed to the absolute hype surrounding soft plastic fishing you would have had to have been on Mars for the past four years or born yesterday. The success on bream, flathead and a whole host of popular species has been well documented in a whole range of media. Yet one of our favourite species hasn't had that same exposure- the good old dependable brown trout.Read more ...
During the winter months a lot of anglers pack their rods and reels up and go and do some much needed gardening and house maintenance which normally has been neglected over the summer months. But all you anglers out there, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Blue warehou can be caught throughout the winter months. They are great fighters and excellent on the table and in my opinion are the best eating fish in the estuary when eaten fresh.
After fishing the Tamar for many years and catching thousands of Southern Sand Flathead which the average size is around 25 cm. Flathead where not a species I readily target. That was up until this year when a friend of mine Barry Pagett and Peter Lees of Swan Point caught a 3.8kg (81/2lb) Southern Blue Spotted Flathead just off Bridport. After viewing the photos of this magnificent fish it gave me hope that there are flathead around bigger than 25cm.
Autumn is a time to review fishing options and factor the weather in with chances of getting a feed. Whilst autumn can bring some unpleasant weather, the fishing - especially in marine waters can be excellent. In the following report we take a look at a few southern waters that will produce a good feed of fish and some good sport. Both shore and boat fishing is featured and with persistence you will catch fish.
Warning: This article is not for the weekend fisherman, the tourist, the impatient - or people who don't like the dark or the cold. So if you are any of the above, please turn over now!
Chasing big snapper in Tasmania is, in my opinion, the most challenging type of fishing anyone can undertake. Many people think I am one of the luckiest fishermen in Tasmania, but I disagree - I make my own luck. I seriously concentrate on targeting big snapper. When I say, big snapper, I don't mean 5kg fish, I mean fish over 8 kg plus.
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Every year, around January to April, we receive some Northern visitors to the Tamar River. These hard and dirty fighting fish are not as common as they are further north, but for the dedicated angler, rewards can be high, particularly on that special day...
As you may have suspected, these visitors are - yellowtail kingfish.
Local Tasmanians don't realise how good their bream fishery is. It is a fishery that has changed little over many years and in fact recent reports have confirmed in some places it is getting better. I am not sure when commercial fishing stopped for bream, but it has been many, many years.
Well, it is spring and this means only one thing in my mind - I'll bet you can guess what that is - and it's got nothing to do with "the birds and the bees". It's big and red and howls your reel at a blistering pace. You guessed it - Tasmanian Snapper!
In January this year a friend and I decided to head over to Flinders Island and investigate the rumours we had heard about fish that literally queued up to take a lure or bait - all sounded a bit fanciful to me - but then, what if it was true?By the time all our rods were loaded aboard the Air Charter flight from Bridport to Flinders Island, the plane closely resembled an aerial porcupine and it was a credit to the pilot that he was even able to get the plane off the ground let alone make to the Island - you can never have enough rods really, can you?Accommodation is plentiful on Flinders with something to suit every taste and budget, from camping on Crown land with no facilities at all, right through to renting a holiday home or the affordable luxury of one of Partridge Farm's "bush retreats" with its panoramic views over Franklin Sound, we opted for something in the middle and stayed in one of the units at the Furneax Tavern in the small township of Lady Baron.
Well we missed the tenth birthday of the Recreational Fishing Branch which was in June. So after 10 years in the harness I have decided to retire and do my bit to increase recreational fishing effort.
Lawrence Archibald Smith, better known as Larry to his mates and the constabulary, is a fish catcher of some renown. By fair means or foul Larry very rarely comes home without a feed. But even Larry out did himself the day he caught and landed a fish that had been dead for several hours.
A small fishery developed in Tasmania for southern calamary in the early 1980's, with annual landings of around 10-30 tonnes up until 1997/98. Catches have risen pretty quickly over the last few years, recently fluctuating around the 80-100 tonne mark and prompting several research projects into the biology of southern calamary. The Recreational Fishery Trust, DPIWE, Tasmanian Industry Fishing Council, individual commercial fishers, and the Australian Research Council, are all supporting an exciting new calamary tagging and hi-tech tracking project, based at the Tasmanian Aquaculture & Fisheries Institute. The project began in May this year and will run until April 2006, with most of the fieldwork conducted over the next two spring/summer spawning seasons.
Squid belong to a group of animals called cephalopods, which includes the octopus, cuttlefish, and nautilus. In Tasmanian waters, we have both the smallest squid in the world, the pygmy squid at a tiny 2cm, and the largest squid - the giant squid, with squid rings as big as truck tyres. From a biological perspective, squid are rather bizarre creatures. They have not one, but three hearts - one at the base of each of two gills to pump deoxygenated blood through the gills, and one main heart to pump oxygenated blood through the rest of the body.
Between the mainland and Bruny Island in the states southeast lies a large stretch of water referred to as the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. "The channel', as it is affectionately known to the locals, is a mecca for both the shore and boat angler. Its numerous bays, points and islands are home for many species, which can be targeted from the shire or out in boats. Flathead, squid, mackerel and pike are amongst the most popular species, but garfish, Australian Salmon, wrasse, Atlantic salmon, cod, barracuda and various shark and ray species are also frequently encountered. It is a designated "Recreational Only" fishing area with no commercial fishing.
Rocky Carosi gives his tips on catching stripy trumpeter.
Renowned by many as Tasmania's finest eating fish, Tasmanian trumpeter is a fish eagerly sought by anglers all around Tasmania. In the main these are mainly fished for off the east coast and with a little knowledge and perseverance it is possible to target these and end the day with some superb table fish. Whilst they can be caught occasionally, from the shore around the Tasman Peninsula a boat in generally required. They are also available on the west coast, but most know the fishing is very weather dependant here.
Tasmania has an abundance of southern sea garfish. They are a prime winter fish that probably grow bigger in Tasmania than anywhere else. Garfish are relatively easy to catch, and as well as being good to eat they make great bait as well.
Surf fishing is one of the most enjoyable recreational exploits now being enjoyed by a growing number of Tasmanian anglers and lets face it, a small State surrounded by water, Tasmania has more than its fair share of surf fishing opportunities for the avid angler. Surf fishing is a family oriented sport that doesn't require the cost of a boat and can be enjoyed by the whole family; even those who don't like fishing can derive much pleasure from a relaxing day at the beach whilst the fishing enthusiasts in the family do their thing. For those that haven't yet turned their attention to the surf, lets look at what tactics can help to make this day at the beach a bit more re-warding and also at the gear you will need to maximize your success.
I think I've mentioned before that I went to New Zealand last year to look at their fishery management and to talk about communication. I remember expressing my surprise at the discovery there are no flathead in new Zealand .....but they do have snapper and blue cod.
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