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Surf Fishing - Something for all the Family

Surf fishing is one of the most enjoyable recreational exploits now being enjoyed by a growing number of Tasmanian anglers and lets face it, a small State surrounded by water, Tasmania has more than its fair share of surf fishing opportunities for the avid angler. Surf fishing is a family oriented sport that doesn't require the cost of a boat and can be  enjoyed by the whole family; even those who don't like fishing can derive much pleasure  from a relaxing day at the beach whilst the fishing enthusiasts in the family do their thing. For those that haven't yet turned their attention to the surf, lets look at what tactics can  help to make this day at the beach a bit more re-warding and also at the gear you will need to maximize your success.

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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 -

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112 crescent zotchPresented from Issue 112, October 2014

Almost certainly home to Tasmania’s biggest trout, Lake Crescent is seeing a resurgence in popularity. A chequered past has seen this lake through quite a few ups and downs.

For many years it was a hunting ground for anglers using galaxiids for bait. They would row the bait out on a ‘long line’ then it was back to a camp on the shore and wait. Often enough nothing would happen, but occasionally the reward would be massive.

In 1973 Billy Zotch landed a huge fish that after gutting, reportedly weighed 33 pounds. A report at the time said Billy had to kill and gut it to stop the fish flapping around and swamping the small boat they were in. The massive brown was caught on a Big Bat lure.

Presented for Issue 93

Once regarded as a trophy fishery, the status of Lake Crescent slowly declined after the discovery of carp (Cyprinus carpio) in 1995, and repeated extreme drought and low water levels caused a significant decline in trout populations. The establishment of carp in Lake Crescent not only posed a risk to the trout through the destruction of suitable habitat and decreased water quality, but also had the potential to outcompete the threatened Golden galaxias (Galaxias auratus).

Lake Cresent

Help needed. In 1973 Billy Zotch caught a very big trout in Lake Crescent on a Big Bat lure. 
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lake-crescent-2014-09-23-bLake Crescent 23/9/2014

This report is coming from the shores of Lake Crescent.Todd gave us a bum steer  - the fish do fight.
The first fish was a 6 lb Rainbow which took half an hour to get in the boat. The second was a cracker of a brown of 12 LB that took another half hour. Vic and I were using 6 lb. leaders. 
Thanks for the info it was spot on. We are here for a few days so hopefully we will see some more action.
Regards, Rose and Vic
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lake-cresent-2014-09-11-aLake Crescent 11/9/2014

From Martyn Evans at Lake Crescent. 
Its great to see visibility is a little bit better we spent a couple of hours along the shore rolled a couple and caught one nice buck 2.8 kg cleaned on plastics another older gentleman caught 2 around 4 pound mark on the ever reliable green and gold ashley.
Looking forward to heading back up to try some surface lures after dark.

Regards Martyn Evans


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Lake Crescent Report 25/3/2012

We went up to Lake Crescent today and fished from 12pm to 3.30pm with Bailey.
We had  heard reports that some good fish had come out of it in October and November around 2 to 3 kgs , but we also realised that a lot of effort went into catching them.

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