There has been some terrific fishing on the far north west of Tasmania - especially around Smithton and Stanley.
The whole of the northern coast has been fishing well for larger than usual flathead as they move in to shore with warmer water.
Fished on Saturday hoping to get on to some Albacore, got to the ramp at 9.30 am, slept in, too many drinks on the Friday night certainly doesn’t help.
The St Helens Charity Grandslam was run and won Saturday 29 January at the St Helens Regatta. Bigger and better than ever it raised $1660 for a charity that will be announced shortly. It will be announced here.
This amount was only possible due to the support of www.tasfish.com, Tamar Marine, Coastal Marine and the Rotary Club of St Helens. Their generosity is priceless and we sincerely thank them.
Jacob (8) and Holly (7) from Richmond were getting in practice at Boomer Bay on Sunday for the St Helen's Grand Slam. This 450mm Leather Jacket gave Jake a good fight on light line, while Holly was content with a nice Cocky Salmon.
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My brother Paul stayed on for a couple more days to do some more deep sea fishing and is having a ball catching some nice striped trumpeter, blue eye trevalla, morwong and some crays, Eddystone patch being the hot spot.
Wish I didn’t have to go back to work, look what I am missing out on!!!
Scamander river was where Nathan caught the tailor,
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by Phil Zanetto
Fishing report on St.Helens over the xmas break.
Managed four "half days" fishing out wide when the wind wasn’t blowing,fished south of St.Helens island on two occasions and caught plenty of nice sand and tiger flatties, a few gummy sharks, some latchet and the usual pests of the sea ..the red gurnard.
Had a boys trip to St Helens on the weekend with great results, plenty of big salmon mainly in Moulting Bay & some in the channel. Also bagged a few silver trevally in the channel during a real purple patch on Sat evening. All were caught on soft plastics with a variety being used.
Also had a great session on the flathead with a couple of beauties being boated at the 65m mark straight out from heads.
Cheers Tim Gavin, Brady & Joel.
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By Dale Howard
With Winter well and truly upon us, many fishers seem
happy to put the trout gear away for a while and move
onto other things to occupy themselves. For Dale
Howard and his son Trevor it’s time for a few visits along
the shores of the Tamar River......Flounder time!
This article comes about from the urging of the editor (Mike
Stevens) after seeing some pictures of a recent trip with my
son and a few mates.
Went out again last night as conditions were perfect and we knew it would be a while before we struck the tides and everything "just right" like it is at the moment. We also had to factor in that I had couple of children wanting to go urgently after the previous night with Dale where we scored a few and they were left at home.
This was a fantastic event thanks to both the competitors and sponsors. Sponsors were www.tasfish.com, Coastal Marine, Shimano and Rotary Club of St Helens.
Kicking off at 8 am there were 32 teams teams vying for glory. A lunch break had people replenished thanks to Coastal Marine and then everyone fished through until 4 pm. Results were collated and Michael Haley's team got up by one point. He guides on, and fishes, the bay every day so he was expected to do well. True Tales did an awesome job to get so close and Nick Crawford's ANSA 1 team did well to be hot on their tail. The scoring system seemed to work really well and there were no complaints.
The weather was kind, although a bit blowy a couple of times.
The Leukemia Foundation will benefit from the day and will receive all the entry money of $1600. This was possible as sponsors cover all the costs and prizes.
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Thought you might like the attached photo of a couple kingfish caught at St Helens 24th January by my son Nathan and friend Mark. They had a ball trying to get them in. They were caught on the Bar Way using Halco lures.
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I must admit , after yesterdays fishing trip to the Western Lakes, I thought things could only go one way..... and that was downhill.
How wrong was I.???
Fishing wide of the shelf off St Helens Sunday 10 January, Rocky
Carosi and crew on Saltshaker landed four albacore up to six kilos in
weight and released a similar number. This signals the beginning of
what, hopefully, will be a good gamefishing season. Water temperature
started at 17 degrees and peaked at 19 degrees celsius well past the
Continental Shelf. The albacore had been feeding on concentration of
lantern fish and very tiny assorted baitfish.
Report by Rocky Carosi - Professional Charters.
Wow what a winter. So much rain but we really needed it. I have never seen the rivers running like they are now. The Tamar is just starting to clear up now. October and November are my favourite times of the year. Everything starts to move as the water temperature in the Tamar starts to rise. It normally rises about a degree every 2 weeks at this time of the year.
In this article I am going to recommend six hotspots around the Tamar that a worth fishing this time of year.
This was the heading in the Examiner Newspaper Friday 4 December.
It was reported that a Victorian fisher was fined nearly $11 000 after he was caught with 740 garfish fillets for which he had no commercial licence or proof of purchase. He also had in his possession more Australian salmon than the legal limit.
He was fined $480 in relation to the garfish with an additional Special Penalty of $10 200, plus $120 fine for the Australian salmon and a Special Penalty of $180.
The offender was apprehended after a tip off to the Fishwatch number 0427 655 557. If you hear of, or witness any illegal fishing call Fishwatch and report it. Even if the event you witnessed is over the Marine Police will keep a record. Get a boat or car registration number, time and place.
It is fantastic to see a result such as this.
Its always been a perception that if you lived in Tasmania and you wanted quality sports fishing then you had to travel far and wide to experience anything decent-..well not anymore.
St Helens is fast becoming known all over the country as a hot sportsfishing destination offering a wide diversity of fish species and options for both the intrepid sports angler and the weekend dangler. With fantastic flats fishing for dedicated fly and plastic fisherman to quality "bread & butter" estuary fishing for the family man it's all here on offer.
Once the trout season has finished most fly fishers hang up their fly jacket and waders and retire to the flytying bench to create some new and wonderful patterns for the coming season-the whole while reminiscing on the season past, its many adventures, waters fished and fish caught.
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