The first Atlantic salmon eggs used to begin Tasmania's Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry were introduced into Tasmania in 1984. From these humble beginnings a valuable Tasmanian industry has evolved with a worldwide reputation for having a premium disease free product. This industry provides a spin off to all anglers in the form of regular escapes of salmon from the farms.
Unfortunately, work all weekend prevented Trev and I from heading off too far,... up until this afternoon, so as soon as I knocked off we headed up to the Mersey for a look.
Waders on and a quick walk downstream for about a kilometre, working our way back up to the car.
We went down the mouth of the Mersey River this afternoon to check out what the warm water has bought in. Hit the water around 7:30 till 9pm, (should have made a night of it but had to get the kids home). Caught 2 draft board sharks which the kids loved, not me so much, and a couple of snapper which put a smile on my face, they fight great and that tell tale head shake gets the adrenaline pumping. All fish caught on squid with just a standard paternoster rig. President Leigh
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We fished the Mersey River this afternoon from Lovett’s flats, down river.
The river here has great access and many good rapids and runs and despite being fished heavily, it is still fishing pretty well.
I fished the Mersey Saturday from the road bridge at Latrobe down into the tidal reaches, thanks to the recent stocking from the fisheries the fishing was good. I landed 6 between 1 to 2.5 pound on berkley smelt pearl and grey 4 inch plastics, good mate Andy mixed it up lure wise and landed one so it's safe to say that they are a stand out lure, they look anything but a trout lure but who can argue with results.
Hit the middle reaches of the Mersy this morning with mate Andy, being low tide we fished the edges of the drop off casting hard to shore, plenty of salmon around smashing bait but only the small models, no flatties about which was disappointing. They make a good by catch while searching for our target the mighty black bream, I caught one on a green fry gulp, nice fish of 1.34kg, not being in big numbers in the Mersy one fish while fishing with plastics in a session is a successful trip. I am 5 from 5 this year so it's well worth having a crack at and the fish here like the Tamar are huge, fish over the 2kg mark are very common, Andy missed out again, sorry mate maybe next time.
Fished the Mersey Estuary Sunday morning with good friend Andy Heyhow, as the tide had turned and had been running out for an hour we fished the flats at the golf course hoping to find the bream still cruising the shallow margins. We drifted with the run out for stealth but found nothing doing. We headed back to the channel off Quoiba and flicked plastics along the edges and soon come up tight on a cracker around the 2kg mark, after testing my drag to the limits for 5 minutes I had him beside the boat and the net in the water when the hook pulled and flew past my head.
by Leigh Carpenter Hit the Mersey River middle reaches at dawn Sunday morning in search of Bream and fishing with plastics.
Landed one on a Squidgy bloodworm 100mm, nice fish 1.98kg and 48cm long. We fished the low tide mark were the water quickly drops off into the channel along the oyster racks that run along the southern shore. Keep your lure down deep and retrieve as you would for trout.
The Bells Parade area at Latrobe seems at first glance an unlikely fishing spot. The Latrobe council has done a magnificent job at this park area and in conjunction with groups such as Rotary they have bar-b-que's, gazebo's and children's play equipment not to mention the well manicured lawns. But it's the magnificent fishing that's on offer here that were going to talk about.
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Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania.
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.