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Spinners are grinners

Fishing rivers and streams with lures can be one of the most effective ways of catching a feed. Often the size of fish is small, but the unique atmosphere and nature of streams makes up for their often diminutive stature.

Greg French looks techniques that will help you improve your catch and have you smiling.

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Bicheno Report 10/3/2013

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 !!

East Coast Rock Lobster Fishery re-opens from 9 February

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

Swansea 4/2/2013

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.

Swansea Flathead 29/1/2013

Hi Mike, took the kids and mate Bill to Swansea Monday 26th January. Caught plenty of flathead and was home at 2.30.

As usual the kids were hooking them two at a time and all I did was drive the boat, bait, unhook and clean.
A great day.

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Big flathead caught at Eddystone Point

A very worthy catch - sent in Mark Hayes.

Spent days in the dinghy fishing in 30m of water to get a feed of flathead and this bloke gets a 3.5kg flattie while spinning from the shore with a silver wobbler for salmon at the Duck Hole!

Swan River Report 2/1/2013

Trev and I fished the lower reaches of the Swan River for a couple of hours today, the first day of 14 at Coles bay.
We caught a few bream, trevally, and small salmon, Trev landed a great bream of 37 cm on an A-TAS blade lure (this was the first time we have used these lures).

Christmas with Phil Z

Got a few pics for you to have a look at from a few days fishing with my family over the xmas break.
We fished off the Tamar Heads with Dave Smith and Mick Day looking to get onto a mako,we got a small one to the boat around 20 to 30kg. Tried to get him to eat a fly, but he just kept swimming past it. Thought for sure he would take it, but not to be. He picked up the baits that Dave and Mick had on, only to drop them after short runs, wouldn’t swallow the time.

Eddystone 30/12/2012

I was up at 1.30am picked up my mate Andrew from Lilydale and then headed to my nephews place at Pipers River, where we changed vehicles and left by 3am. No one at the ramp on arrival and we thought this could be either good or bad.
With that in mind, we launched the boat and headed to one of our stripey spots. First one “no go” so we moved to the next spot where we picked up six, so we decided to try the other spot that was close by and caught the rest. We also caught some Jackass Perch and Ocean Perch.
There was a Mako swimming around the boat about 70 kilo’s, so threw him a bait which he took, had him on for a while until the trace broke,.. so off he swam for next time.
All in all nice little trip back at the ramp by 11.30am.
Cheers Craig

Swansea Report 30/12/2012

Went to Swansea today with a couple of friends, chasing bream on lures. We arrived at 8 am to 5 knots of wind and had our first bream in the boat within 10 minutes. By the end of the day we would have caught 40 or 50.


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