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Casting Tips


Nine times Australian Casting Champion, Peter Hayes believes a little bit of work and concentration on casting techniques makes a lot of difference when fishing. "Good casters get to cover more fish more quickly, and consequently get more chances" he says.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

St Helens Grand Slam ( Saturday 23rd of January)

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.???

Tamar Report January 2010

The Beaumonts have been fishing Clarence Point, Kelso and Greens Beach.
Today 6 year old Alex scored the best flat head - approximately 2 kilos.

St Helens Fishing Report

We have just returned from St Helens.  Where all I can say is that I kicked ass!!  And am seriously thinking about becoming a fishing guide - I'm just beginning to realise how talented I am when it comes to fishing!!!! Ha ha ha

St Helens Albacore Report January 2010

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.

Six Lower Tamar Hotspots

Damon Sherriff

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.

$11 000 fine for too many garfish

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.   

Fly Fishing in the Tamar Estuary

Fly fishing in the Tamar Estuary presents a wide variety of species for the angler prepared to explore and experiment. Each of these different species requires a different technique, a different location and, importantly, a different state of the tide for best results. Some species are only resident during certain times of the year. The most sought-after species is without doubt cocky salmon. Salmon usually appear in the Tamar about October and stay until late May or early June. However, this year, reasonable numbers were still coming to the net in mid August in the Kelso/George Town area.

St Helens - What does the future hold?

Jamie Henderson
For the last few years now the dooms dayers have been warning us that our oceans will rise and our way of life will change with the ever increasing global warming phenomenon. Our fishing practices and the availability of species will obviously change with it but how? All around our country the everyday angler is losing quality fishing grounds to marine zones closed to all fishing, fish numbers are dwindling due to commercial over fishing and environment is being lost to pollution and development.

Bream on the flats - Georges Bay

Jamie Henderson
Intro
Up until the summer of 2006 suggesting to anglers that large numbers of bream could be caught from the rich waters of Georges Bay on artificial lures would have resulted in a small laugh and a comment that it was a waste of time. The fish had always been there, just talk to any of the oyster farm workers. The numbers may have been low, but the bay had never been considered a major bream fishery, not like several river systems along the coast from it.

St Helens - Tasmania's Springtime Sportsfishing Hotspot

Jamie Henderson

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.

Saltwater Flyfishing St Helens

Jamie Henderson
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.

Georges Bay, St Helens - an Autumn Mecca

Jamie Henderson

As the summer months come to an end many fisherman see it as a time to pack the rods and fishing gear away and hibernate for a few months until the springtime brings some fresh action, but on the east coast this is far from the truth. The months of April, May and even in to June can bring some of the best Estuary fishing the East Coast has to offer and in particular Georges Bay St Helens. The warmer summer months can quite often mean periods of high winds and rough waters on the east coast making it difficult to have consistent days on the water however as we move into April we find the windy weather gives way to more mild conditions. Days can start off quite chilly with frosts quite common but as the day wears on this can mean beautiful clear blue skies, warm air temperatures, glass calm conditions and magic times on the water.

Georges River Sea Runners

Jamie Henderson
The East Coast of Tasmania, in particular Georges Bay St Helens, is fast growing in popularity as a saltwater sports fishing haven, not only in Tasmanian circles but also with anglers right across the country. It has always been on the map as the "Game Fishing Capital" of Tasmania boasting some of the best Salt Water Game Fishing Tasmania has to offer and now with the inshore bays and coastline fishing better than it ever has it offers sports anglers a diversity of species and environment unmatched by anywhere else in the state. 

Georges Bay salmon on the chew

Jamie Henderson
As an angler one of the joys of living on the East Coast of Tasmania, in particular Georges Bay St Helens, is having a plethora of salt-water fish species to target. The variety of fish being caught in this pristine estuary during the summer months now is nothing short of outstanding. Every year Georges Bay finds itself home to large schools of what I would class as one of the most popular sports fish this country has to offer--The Australian salmon.    

Family fun on the Tamar

Dan Clifton
Now the weather is starting fine up there is ample opportunity to get out on the water and find some fish. If you just want to get out and have some fun on light line and maybe take home a fish or two then this article is for you.

Tamar River Winter Submarines

Damon Sherriff
Although the Tamar is a Shark Refuge Area they are a regular catch and I always release them unharmed.
Gummy sharks are a year round catch in the Tamar River. They can be caught in very cold and even dirty, fresh water. Big gummies are also a great sport fish and really go on the right tackle. Gummies are located in many locations on the Tamar, and of course in many areas adjacent to the mouth. They can be caught in water as shallow as a metre. So land-based fishing is a real option. There are a few tricks in maximising your fishing success.

Georges Bay silver trevally

Jamie Henderson
When the words "Sportsfishing" and "Giant Trevally" are spoken most think of far north Queensland and long boat journey's to offshore reefs, but here on the East Coast of Tasmania we have our very own version. Georges Bay is home to Pseudocaranx dentex, or the silver trevally as it's more commonly known, which is one of the most prolific species in our estuarine waters. They are caught as juveniles by children on just about every jetty around our coastline and are the very fish that most of us would have cut our teeth on as a keen youngster. They can be caught with a wide variety of methods from simple bait fishing to saltwater flyfishing but no matter what the technique or size of the fish they are one of the best sportfish Tasmanian waters have to offer.

Shore fishing - St Helens

Jamie Henderson
As many of us fish on a tight budget these days, what with mortgages, living costs, family expenses, kids and cars etc, owning a boat is quite often low on the list of priorities. With this in mind being able to maximise your shore fishing opportunities and make the most of your feet is as important as the tackle you use to do it with.
What follows is a quick look at shore fishing options around Georges Bay, St Helens, and the tackle and techniques needed to take home a feed of fish.

Tamar River calamari

Damon Sherriff
Southern calamari and cuttlefish are one of my favourite species. They are both fantastic to eat and make great bait. Although calamari are related to the arrow squid I am sure that calamari are far smarter! They can be a real challenge. They go off and on the bite at the flick of a switch. In my opinion they are far superior on the table as well.

St Helens - a bay full of fish in my backyard


Jamie Henderson
As we move through spring, and summer looms ever closer, the days grow longer and the temperatures get warmer. We dust off our fishing gear, service our reels, respool with fresh mono or braid, check lures for rusty hooks - all the while reminiscing on seasons past, and wonder what adventures the new season holds for us. What species will we target this year, what new frontiers will we explore, what records will we strive for and more importantly how many days off do we have to get it all done in.

Garfish in Georges Bay, St Helens

Jamie Henderson
St Helen angler and tackle shop owner, Jamie Henderson looks at the garfish, one of Tasmania's favourite Winter fish.

Tamar Red Bream

Damon Sherriff

Autumn is a great time to chase snapper anywhere in Australia. As the water temperature starts dropping the bigger fish come on the chew.
The Tamar estuary is my home ground and is the most challenging area to catch big red I know. To catch big snapper on reasonably regular basis is very hard work. Preparation, bait collection, timing and the time on the water are all key aspects to make a successful angler. The thing that makes the Tamar so hard to catch big snapper is the low numbers of fish and the size of the estuary. Sometimes it feels like you are trying to find a needle in a haystack. But the reason that I keep fishing it is there are some very sizable fish lurking in its discolored waters. Some of the fish that I catch are well over the old-fashioned 20lb mark. I do believe that snapper up to 30lbs plus exist in the system at time to time.

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