Tasmania is blessed with some of the most beautiful, scenic beaches in the world, all containing various numbers of sought after sportfish.
Often species as rare as Tailor, enter out waters with there being a ready supply of Rays, Sharks, Flathead, Whiting, Mullet an the more elusive Blackback Salmon. The fact is, that these secluded beaches are not heavily fished and publicised, like the more popular mainland destinations. As in all fishing there are certain techniques, rigs and baits which will give you the advantage and swing the odds back into your favour.
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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