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Presented from Issue 97
Before you charge into this article expecting to read about the best trout in Tasmania I should warn you that it relates to the highest ones not the fattest.

It is also fraught with danger to write about something that may not be totally correct as there are still a few remote tarns that I haven’t got to yet and probably never will. There are also some higher places I have found to be devoid of trout that some sneaky specimens may now have swam up into.

Having said all this it is my belief that the highest water in Tasmania to contain brown trout is an unnamed water at around 1290m south west of Turrana Heights. We have named it Lake Australia. It is a headwater tarn on one of several streams that flow into the western side of Pillans Lake. So drag out the Pillans 1:25000 map and follow the stream that runs up through Pencil Pine Tarn to a water roughly shaped like Australia. Now read on about how to get there and what to expect on the way. Maybe it is not for this season, but why not put it on the list for later in the year.

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Amateur fishers reminded to give dolphins a chance

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Recreational fishers have been reminded to check their nets regularly for bycatch after a grisly find at Eaglehawk Neck earlier this week. A young dolphin with its tail severed and other injuries that appeared consistent with net entanglement was discovered on the Tessellated Pavement and reported to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
DPIPWE wildlife biologist Rachael Alderman said fishers need to be aware of the potential for marine mammals and seabirds to become entangled in unattended nets.
“The accidental death of penguins, dolphins, shearwaters and cormorants in fishing gear is a concern but this bycatch can be minimised by checking nets regularly or by not leaving them unattended,” Dr Alderman said.
“It is also advisable not to set nets if dolphins are seen in the area.
“It they do become entangled, fishers can call DPIPWE’s Whale Hotline on 0427 WHALES (0427 942 537) and we may be able to assist.”
Dr Alderman said the dolphin found at Eaglehawk Neck was most likely caught in fishing gear and had drowned. Its tail appeared to have been cut off to disentangle it.
“There are several marks around the tail stock that are consistent with entanglement,” she said.
 
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