Presented from Issue 109, April 2014
An excerpt from Origins of the Tasmanian Trout JEAN WALKER, Honorary Historian to the Southern Tasmanian Licensed Anglers’ Association produced an accurate and concise account of the fascinating story of the first introduction of trout to Tasmania in 1988.
Tasmania’s Inland Fisheries Service has just republished the booklet to celebrate the sesquicentenary (150 years) since the first tiny trout hatched in the Southern Hemisphere. Here are a few snippets from the booklet Origins of the Tasmanian Trout. Contact IFS on 6261 8050 to find a stockist.
TASMANIA’S early settlers were disappointed by the lack of freshwater angling. The only fish native to the inland waters were Australian grayling, small galaxias and in some rivers blackfish. None offered anglers a challenge in fighting qualities.
Bringing trout from England, 12,000 miles away, s seemed an impossible dream. That the dream, became a reality with perseverance, despite failures and setbacks, in 1864.Read more ...
Presented from Issue 110, June 2014
With the arrival of winter, the trout season has, once again, come to an end in Tasmania. If you are still keen to chase trout, there are still a few options. Some inland waters, such as the Great Lake, remain open and, when the weather is good, can provide wintertime fun. Many anglers will take advantage of this, but just as many won’t! It is the time of year when trout spawn and, to a lot of anglers, catching these fish is less challenging – the fish are more likely to be in poor condition and therefore do not put up as much of a fight.
Presented from Issue 110, June 2014
I think ‘Gars on George’ would be a terrific name for a restaurant. In fact, I think that Georges Bay on Tasmania’s lovely east coast is one of the best seafood restaurants I have ever been to. All the great fish are in the bay and they are ever so fresh if you are good enough to catch them. calamari, salmon, mullet, trevally, flathead, leather jackets, bream and whiting are more or less in abundance.
What more could you want? garfish - I say ! I just love them. Both the catching and the eating of them.
Gars have a delicate sweet flesh that eats superbly with a light salad a few lemon wedges and a bottle of Pinot Gris. Could a feed of fish get any better than that?
Presented from Issue 109, April 2014
April is an exciting month in Tasmania, the weather becomes much more stable with less wind and as far as our estuaries are concerned there is an abundance of fish species on offer and Georges Bay in St Helens is one of the best. This year will see the annual Tasmanian Family Fishing Festival happening again on the waters of St Helens on Saturday April the 26th. To help budding anglers along I have put together a few hints and tips on where to fish and what to use for the species that you will be targeting. This certainly applies for Georges Bay in April and May, so even if you can’t make the Fishing Festival come down for a few days anyway. Jamie Henderson
Presented from Issue 95
Over the last few years there has been many new frontiers that anglers have been faced with in the fishing world, there has been more changes to the way we fish, tackle we use and techniques we deploy than probably any other decade and as anglers we at times become enveloped in whatever new technique, lure or tackle happens to be the next big thing or “Revolution” in fishing. With information highways at our finger tips, social media everywhere we look, more fishing based television and media than ever before the amount of information available to the every day angler can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing.
The St Helens area offers anglers a real variety of fishing options for those possessing a boat or kayak, Georges Bay, Scamander River, Ansons Bay and various coastal Lagoons are all easily accessed by watercraft. However the angler on foot is often left standing wondering where to go and what to do as the boats motor off in the distance. But there are options for the walking fisherman to target and enjoy some great sports fish.
Most Tasmanian anglers are well aware of the quality and size of the Australian salmon and yellowtail kingfish that are available in Georges Bay, but accessing these fish from the shoreline is sometimes seemingly impossible. However there are a couple of areas and techniques that will allow shore based anglers a chance of tackling these wonderful fish.
Hi Mike it's Murray Summers. This is my son Jarryd with this stonka of a gummy caught on 6 pound braid and set free for someone else to catch in Georges Bay.
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Firstly massive thank you to the series sponsor Atomic. Special thanks must also go out to Zip Baits and CRANKA lure's for once again jumping on board.
Friday night started well with all anglers toey for what was looking to be a promising weekend of fishing on St Helen's beautiful Georges bay. Briefing was a great event with local tackle shop owner and guru Jamie Henderson opening his shop and putting on a feed for the teams.
The rules were made clear and the Zipbait rogue fish was announced. "king fish". A lot of hearts sunk as many anglers realising the enormous effort it would take to land a king fish on the typical 1-3kg gear angler’s use.
The plan was to fish off Low Head this morning for Gummies as the forecast looked pretty good.Left Kelso at 6am to be greeted by a pretty ordinary slop at the heads so decided to give it a miss.Headed back up the river to try for a Snapper instead;found plenty of birds around the Clarence Point area so threw a plastic around for 10 minutes and landed 5 Salmon around the 25cm mark.Off to look for a Snapper with fresh bait next.Anchored up in a spot around 14 metres deep and wasn't long before the first Gurnard was on board.
After the last month of being cooped up inside an office and the weekends tied up with other various activities I was desperate to get on the water.
Being behind the counter in my tackle shop everyday I end up being privy to a fair amount of fishing information, stories and reports......the last few weeks have been no exception.
I had spoken to Jamie Henderson late last week (from St Helens bait n tackle) and he assured me that Georges bay was on fire. So armed with information straight from a local fishing guru, i set the plan for taking a day off into motion today. With 5 knot wind and 17 degrees forecast Trev decided it probably would be better to come and keep an eye on me rather than go to school.
Hi all just a few photos of our rare dolphinfish catch Saturday 9 March on the cliffs. Weather was a bit dodgy but stayed there for a while caught plenty of albies both days and stripies. Also lost a good fish that ripped out over 300 metres of line, but that's fishing. When we hooked and landed the three dolphinfish we went back around over the same spot and hooked up three small kingfish. Two were landed and one dropped. All in all good weekend.
Cheers, Craig Shipton
(Click Read more for more pictures) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphinfish and http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/FamilySummary.php?Family=Coryphaenidae for a little more information
We just got home from a tuna trip down at St.Helens with my brother Steve and his partner Viv. We arrived at the ramp around 8am this morning and fished until around 1.30pm. We caught around 16 albacore and a couple of stripy tuna. Most of the hook ups came from the 100 metre mark, we did troll out to the Plateau and all we caught out there was a stripy.
Shippy gave me a ring to see if I would like to come tuna fishing at St Helens along with with Andrew and Evan. We left Launceston at 3.30am on Saturday morning arriving at St Helens about 5.30.
We headed to the shelf, got to the 100 meter mark and the rods went off, a nice albacore about 6kg. Start up, rods went off again, 2 more, moved a bit further 3 more, then 3 more we had 10 by 8 o'clock,... good morning so far .
Well, I am quick to post success up in my reports, ....but you don't often hear so much of the failures (of which there are a few don't worry!) Given the calm weather this weekend, we decided to get our boat, aptly named "The Olympic torch" (because it never goes out),.. out of the shed. Our hope was to get the kids onto a few flathead.
We headed to the caravan park at St Helens for the long weekend. We had a very memorable trip fishing Georges bay and Scamander River. We smashed the trevally losing count of how many we caught but it was a lot. The biggest two being 43cm but there were quite a few over 40cm all on plastics.
I took Bailey and his mate Jack Seabourne for a late arvo fish down at Garden Island on the Tamar River. We wanted some salmon for the smoker. There were plenty of salmon about busting up on the bait fish schools. The boys had a ball catching around 40 I reckon. We kept a couple dozen for the smoker, that's plenty. They caught fish on Dales salt & pepper softies and Bailey caught a few on small surface poppers.
Here are some pics of Bailey Zanetto and his cousin Nathan at Georges Bay, St.Helens. Some nice trevally, some good blackback and cockys were caught as well. Also caught some bream at the Scamander River, but no pics of them.
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO
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