Presented from Issue 107, December 2013
If someone had suggested to me 10 years ago that we would experience ‘whiting fever’ and see anglers catching King George whiting up to 60cm long in Tasmania I would have put it down as a bit of wishful thinking — I guess things change.
Here is a typical scenario in my shop as November approaches. I am in my Tackle Shop working as usual when the phone rings.
Me: Good morning this is St Helens Bait and Tackle.
Caller: Hi, me and a few buddies are heading down on the weekend and wondering if the KG whiting are running?
I don’t get ‘do you ever catch any?’ or ‘are there whiting in the bay?’ Now there is the expectation of a whiting season every year and I am receiving call, after call, after call.Read more ...
The 2014 whitebait season opens Wednesday 1 October and will remain open until Tuesday 11 November.
The rivers open for whitebait fishing are subject to a schedule of annual rotations of open and closed waters. Whitebait fishers will need to ensure that the river they are proposing to fish is open for this season.
Great day fishing on the water off Burnie Sunday 21 September - Anthony Taylor, Anthony Wolfe from Coastal Marine and the boys! More fish were released than kept..but had plenty for a good Sunday night bbq!
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Hi Todd, still enjoy reading the fishing and info news sent in by everybody. Thank You.
Went fishing with my son at Weymouth this morning, the first 15 minutes we caught 1 cod and 2 very nice size Flathead ...guess what I'm having for dinner tonight?
Mick & Bailey Goss
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The weather has finally given me the motivation to go for a fish; Trev was pretty keen to give the bream a go as well, so we headed off to the Swan River to give them a go. We arrived there around 11.30 this morning to a slight breeze and soon had the boat on the water.
We are getting quite a few enquiries about the various rock lobster season opening dates and whether fishers can transit between open and closed areas. I’ve attached a flyer here. The information is also on the DPIPWE website at:
We went around the back of Maria Island on the 17th of August , I was with Paul (my boyfriend), Gretel (my daughter) and Esta (our dog). My dad had been round there the weekend before and did okay, so we thought we'd try it out. We hadn't been on a fishing trip on the new boat (a 35 Caribbean) so seemed a great place to go on such a beautiful day. We were using soft plastics, although I'm not sure which ones.
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Hi mike, thought you might be interested in seeing what my hubby Chris caught on a line a few weeks ago just off Port Sorell. We took a couple of pics then returned it back to the waters. We hadn't caught or seen one of these before but researched and found it was a saw shark.
Here is a starting point for a little research. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saw_shark
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After few discussions about last weeks sensational Squid fishing, my dad was dead keen to head to the coast for some action. Whilst he doesn’t mind a feed of Calamari now and again he had been drilling me about the Garfish situation and how that was faring in Georges Bay.
The winter months, as a matter of fact anywhere from April to September, are prime time in St Helens for Garfish and the reports I had been hearing over the last few weeks of plentiful catches and big gars had me and the old man ready for a session.
Just had a few days at Georges Bay and was amazed at the size of the calamari. The specimen in the photo had a hood length of 43 centimetres and I caught another at 44cm.
The top lure was a pink Yamashita Egi Live I borrowed from Mike Stevens. Apparently they absorb light and are slightly warmer than the surrounding water. The squid certainly targeted them over my other jigs. I did a bit of research at http://www.ejtodd.com.au/Yamashita_Egi_Oh_Q_Live.html to see more.
A short video of Mike Stevens recently in the Maldives catching a Trigger Fish.
Mike hooked the fish on a small Clouser and then setup his G1X Canon camera on the bank and filmed the sequence himself.
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We went to Fortesque Bay on Saturday afternoon . I went with Shippy and my Brother in law Andrew . We left at 3pm got there about 6.30 put the tent up in the rain and went to bed it rained all night up about 6.30am had some brekkie on the water around 7.30 . We headed for Tasman didn't have a touch till we got to Tasman then a rod went off . I grabbed the rod but I dropped him big time had a bird nestline everywhere got it all straightened out put an other lure on and we done another lap.
Not every kid gets the chance to go out to the Continental Shelf off Bicheno, but luckily enough my brother and I had the opportunity to. Mick, our next door neighbour invited us out for a day trip tuna fishing out at the Continental shelf. We would be taken out in his 5.2m Shark Cat.
Decided to take Jacob and "Penny the wonder dog” up to the Scamander River for a couple of hours today.
This spot wouldn’t have been my first choice, but we were limited as to where we could go thanks to the strong state-wide winds.
Spork and Simmo went for a fish yesterday at Penguin. After sussing out a few launching spots we came up with this one as the easiest. We unloaded, set up our gear and hit the water. With no wind, rain or waves, what a great morning !
Not many fish caught but the squid were playing havoc with the plastics.
Saturday 23rd March – 10am – 11pm . Entry to Seafest is free and there’s plenty to see and do for every member of the family. Food and Wine – Live Music – Market Stalls – Entertainment – Fishing Competition – Jet Ski Race & Rides – Beach Games – Face Painting – Balloon Twister – Coastal & Marine Displays – Model Boats – Jumping Castle – Kayaking – Sailing & more…
I headed out to Bicheno this morning, along with my daughter Demi, son Jacob and the guru Phil Zanetto. Given the promising weather forecast the plan was to troll out to our striped trumpeter spots with the hope of catching a few albacore along the way. As we arrived at the foot of the Elephant pass, we were disappointed to see white caps and a southerly wind blowing in at around 20 knots,... that along with a 2 metre swell !!
The recreational and commercial rock lobster fisheries closed due to a toxic algae event will re-open on 7.00am, Saturday 9 February 2013. That is, all waters currently closed from St Helens Point south to Marion Bay will re-open.
Rock lobster fishers returning to the re-opened waters this weekend may set pots and rings or take lobster by diving from 7.00am. More details are now available on the Emergency Fishery Closures webpage at www.fishing.tas.gov.au
As the last day of the School Holidays, we decided to go for a drive to Swansea, and have a fish off the Wharf. We fished at the Wharf for around about 2 hours, using bait and changing tactics, but no luck. We then went for a fish up to the mouth of the Swan River, we arrived there with a breeze from the North East, I had a cast and had a few cocky salmon follow me in, but only little ones. 10 minutes later I had a huge hit, and my reel screamed. I finally got the fish in after around about 5miniutes, it was a great big Black Back Salmon! Biggest one I have ever caught.
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