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Early season - Bob McKinley

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Bob is a professional fishing guide and guides for trout and estuary species. Check him out at www.fishwildtasmania.com

There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.

Quantity of fish.

Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:

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Easter is nearly upon us and there are plenty of anglers busting to get out and have a fish. With good Friday a traditional fish eating day, many will head out to catch a fresh feed to eat and there are plenty of options, weather dependent, of course. Having said that, the long term outlook is looking pretty good for Friday, with a sunny day and light winds.
If you are looking for Tuna Eaglehawk Neck looks like the best option. A charter skipper informed us that there were some big fish caught early this week and we know of a huge one that was dropped on the weekend. St. Helens has been disappointing on the Tuna front this year but there are big Australian Salmon in the bay and Kingfish are still being caught. The other piece of news is that there are some good sized prawns in the bay. Silver Trevally, Bream and King George Whiting are also there in good numbers and will be sought after.
There are some good flathead to be caught out about 40metres off Sisters Beach and Burnie. They would certainly be there in other places but we haven’t had any other reports in. Gummy Shark are also there to be caught if you target them.


If you want to take the kids out for a fish off the shore there are plenty of options close to home. At Wynyard the Inglis river is a great spot and there have been a few Tailor caught there recently which would be a good catch. At Burnie there is the Boat Ramp and Red Rock. Ulverstone is another popular spot fishing off the breakwall at the mouth of the river. At Devonport there is plenty of scope in the Mersey River fishing off the platforms or the river banks. Port Sorell will also see its fair share of action.
Trout fishing is still quiet but there are some good fish being caught in the Great Lake. As the season draws closer to the close, Trout will be actively looking for food to put on condition before they start spawning, so autumn can be a good time for fishing.

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Ashlee Poke with a big Blackfish that she caught last weekend

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