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Suggestions for Early Season Waters

Suggestions for Early Season Waters

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.

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Australian Salmon

Andrew Large looks at one of Tasmania's favourite sport fish - Australian salmon.Tasmania is fortunate to have two types of salmon roaming our coastline. The two closely-related species are the Eastern Australian salmon and the Western Australian salmon.

Ikijimi method of killing fish

Once you have caught your fish it is most important that you handle and care for it correctly to ensure that it does not deteriorate to the point it is wasted. Deterioration occurs both through chemical and bacterial processes. Depending on the time taken and subsequent treatment of catch this will affect the taste and texture of meat.

Targeting Striped Trumpeter

Professional Charter operator, Rocky Carosi looks at one of Tasmania's most sought after fish - Striped Trumpeter (Latris lineata)

Fact file: Striped Trumpeter are distributed from Sydney to Kangaroo Island and of course all around Tasmania. They are found also in New Zealand and South American waters. In Tasmania they spawn from late Winter to early Spring. Stripey trumpeter grow at least 1.2 m in length and 25 kg in weight. The Tasmanian Striped Trumpeter has five-star qualities as well as five-star fighting abilities.

The White-breasted sea eagle in Tasmania

The edges of Macquarie Harbour, Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island National Park are typical habitats for one of Tasmania's most spectacular birds - the white-breasted sea eagle - a bird of prey with a wing span sometimes exceeding 2 m and a weight of up to 4.5 kg.

Blue Warehou Facts

Common names: trevally, snotties, snotty trevally

More closely related to the trevallas than the true trevally species. Dark steely blue above, silvery white below. When alive, darker blotches are often observed on flanks but these tend to fade soon after death. A prominent black spot is found above the pectoral fin.

Squid great to eat great for bait

Phil Ellerton takes a look at a member of the Cephalopod family - the squid.

Tasmania has two main squid - calamari and arrowhead. The tubes of both of these are excellent fare when eaten fresh, while the tentacles can be frozen for bait. As bait there is little better to entice many saltwater species.

Its time to hit the surf

Ron McBain takes a look at Surf fishing.

Because Tasmania has many excellent surf fishing beaches that are easily accessible; it is no surprise that this form of angling is one of the fastest growing. It doesn't have to be expensive and it's a form of fishing that can involve the whole family.

Marine Communications explained.

by Henry Jacobs of the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol

Communication plays a very important role in marine safety. It enables us to keep abreast of what is going on around us. We can get weather forecasts and updates on weather from Coast stations along our coastlines. Most importantly we can call other vessels and stations should we need assistance in the event of a mechanical breakdown, sickness, injury in an accident, fire and so on.

Squid

Catching squid is simple and fun, being able to be done from many of our jetties as well as from of a boat.

One of the easiest ways is with the use of a squid jig and of these the prawn style appear to produce the best results. How do you start?

Flathead facts

Sand Flathead Sand flathead have a long and narrow body with broad, flattened head. They are pale brown or mottled colour above and white below with occasional  reddish brown spots along sides. There is a distinctive black spot on the tail.

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