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Mythbusters – Excuses or fishy trends

Too windy, not windy enough, wrong wind direction. Too bright, too dull, too wet, too dry: excuses—or are they? Farmers and fishing guides have two things in common: firstly, they’re both in the weather everyday, working with Mother Nature. Secondly, both groups will tell you that the animals in their lives all react differently according to subtleties and vagaries of wind direction, atmospheric pressure and lunar cycles. In the case of fishing guides and experienced anglers, you can add a list of hatch and water level factors to the nuances of Mother Nature, vagaries which become plausible excuses at the end of a tough day. After the question of weather patterns and their affects on fishing came up on the FlyLife internet forum, I thought it might be a good time to do a bit of myth-busting with the aid of my fishing diary.

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A few short news items from the IFS website

Whitebait Fishing Season Opens on Saturday 1 October

The recreational whitebait fishing season starts on Saturday 1 October and lasts for 6 weeks, closing on Friday 11 November. A whitebait licence is required for whitebating if you are over 10 years of age. The licence costs $28 this year and it can be bought at any Service Tasmania shop and at select private agents.


Arthurs Lake Boating Hazards

Anglers are reminded to beware of navigation hazards whilst boating at Arthurs Lake this Spring. This warning is also extended to other lakes, including Great Lake, where anglers have reported a significant amount of floating debris.


Tooms Lake Boat Ramp Upgrade Planned

The condition of the boat ramp at Tooms Lake this season has been noted, with several anglers contacting the Service about it. Marine and Safety Tasmania have set aside $20,000 from MAST's recreational boating fund to upgrade the ramp but the work cannot be done until the lake level drops significantly.


Recent donations of large domestic fish benefit northern anglers

During August, the Service took advantage of the donations by Petuna Aquaculture and Tassal of large domestic rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon. Over 700 of these prize fish were stocked into Brushy Lagoon and Lake Barrington, two of the State's northern lowland waters managed by the Service as popular waters and family-style fisheries.


Four Springs Lake Boat Ramp Improvements

The Service has completed the improvements to the concrete boat ramp at Four Springs Lake – doubling its size – and providing a new landing jetty under a recreational boating project funded by MAST.


Sarah Graham
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Inland Fisheries Service
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