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Fishing on the Wild Side

Fishing on the Wild Side

Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania. 
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.

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Angling Hall of Fame Inductions

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water - 22 November 2014

Since the first trout hatched in Tasmania 150 years ago our state has forged a reputation for being our country's premier trout fishing destination.
It is only fitting that we acknowledge and celebrate the fishers who have helped to achieve this world renowned reputation.
I congratulate all those who have helped shape Tasmania's trout fishery in this celebratory year, and pay a special tribute to Les Monson and Ian French who have been posthumously inducted into the Angling Hall of Fame.

Les was a life member of the North Western Fisheries Association and the Ulverstone Angling Club, who held a seat on the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council and authored many submissions to the Government and fisheries department.

His book Centenary of Angling Culture, which was launched in 2005, was a testament to trout fishing in Tasmania and Les's contribution to it.

Like Les, Ian was a life member of the North Western Fisheries Association and Ulverstone Angling Club; he also served as President on the Australian Fresh Water Assembly, and was a driving force on the Central Highlands Shack Owners body.

Les and Ian dedicated their lives to recreational fishing and our trout fishery is all the better for it.

I would also like to acknowledge Anglers Alliance Tasmania for its role in the Hall of Fame and for working positively with the Inland Fisheries Service to shape our vibrant trout fishery.

The Liberal Government is proud of Tasmania's trout fishery. It is a great sport enjoyed by thousands of locals, and it also attracts anglers from interstate and across the globe.

Contact: Danielle McKay

Phone: 0438 390 273

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