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Garfish Footy Season Fun

Mike Stevens

Garfish are one of Tasmania’s most sought estuarine fish during the cooler months. During the AFL season - March to September they are plentiful, great fun to catch and delicious to eat. The cooler months are best, and bigger fish are found inshore and in most Tasmanian estuaries.
Southern garfish: Hyporhamphus australis

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St Helens Grand Slam results

Everyone was a winner at the St Helens Grand Slam held on 24 January at Georges Bay on Tasmania's east coast.

The rollup for a low profile and inaugural event was spectacular with 29 teams and about 70 anglers competing for no prizes. The only thing on offer was three trophies for the top three and an equally spectacular trophy for a "Room for improvement" award.

The big winner on the day was Canteen with a cheque going to them for $1600. Canteen supports young people living with cancer.

The other winners were Michael Haley's team from St Helens in first place, Jamie Henderson from St Helens second and Les Simms team from Devonport third.

Victorians visit Tassie

Hi Mike,

Its Jaymie and Jake from Melbourne that came down to St Helens for 7 days. You took a quick snap of me with the bream with Michael Haley.

Thought we might just say thanks from my brother Jake, Dad and I.

Might also give you a quick insight to how good we thought the fishing was down there in Georges bay.

St Helens bream

by Mike Stevens

After just a couple of years as a (mainly) recreational fishery Georges Bay at St Helens is looking better than ever. I spent a week there over the March long weekend (2000) and the bay was a hive of activity. The jetty and foreshore in the centre of town played host to the increasingly popular St Helens Game Fishing Classic.

Fly Fishing in the Tamar Estuary

by Steve Suitor

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.

Saltwater Sport fishing - St Helens

The township of St Helens is nestled at the back of Georges Bay, a sheltered track of water situated a quarter of the way down the East Coast of Tasmania. The area is now regularly visited by leading Australian fishing journalists such as Rick Huckstepp, who regard St Helens as the sport fishing mecca of Tasmania and a true world-class sport fishing destination.

Tamar River turns it on

bey Michael Bok

The Tamar River has always been a bit of a bogey area for me whereas I generally get a feed I haven't had too many days that I would class as great. The last being several years ago when a mate and I caught five kingfish. All this changed recently when a non fishing friend, Ian Brickhill, and I decided that a days relaxation was in order.

Tamar River Snapper -The rewards of time and patience

by Steve Robinson

My first experience with a Tamar River snapper was some twenty years ago. My father and I were fishing for cod in Spring Bay when dad hooked a "very good fish'. After the battle that followed a beautiful 6 Ib snapper was landed. I had heard stories from old timers that snapper could be caught in the Tamar, but as they say "seeing is believing'.

The Bountiful Tamar - part two

by Steve Suitor

In this article I will discuss some of the seasonal species available in the Tamar River. These include ling, barracouta, whiting, squid, silver bream, yellowtail kingfish and snotty trevally.

The Bountiful Tamar River

by Steve Suitor

The Tamar Estuary is a rich and varied fishery with a wide array of species available to the recreational angler.

Where are those Tamar River snapper?

A family tradition of fishing on the Tamar River has given Steve Suitor an intimate knowledge of favourite haunts for many species. This article throws some light on the infamous Tamar River snapper.


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