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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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ifs lobsterThe recreational rock lobster season is closed from next Tuesday 1st May for:

all rock lobster in the Eastern Region; and
for females in the Western Region.

You must have rock lobster pots and rings off the water in the Eastern Region by midnight on Monday 30th April. You cannot transit to or from the Western Region around Whale Head with lobster or gear on board during the Eastern Region closed season.

The season for males in the Western Region remains open until 31 August 2018.

Check season dates


Value your game fishing catch

With tuna season well underway make sure you have the latest information about responsible game fishing practices.

If catching and releasing:

Avoid long playing times by using heavier line;
Don't use a gaff;
Use a wet cloth to cover the eyes to help the fish settle while removing the hooks;
Release fish with minimal handling; and
Do not remove larger fish from the water. If photographing smaller fish hold horizontally, not unsupported by the tail.
If keeping your catch:

Quickly land, bleed and ice the fish to retain the best eating quality.

ifs poolSee you at AgFest

Bringing the kids to AgFest? Drop in to our display on Seventh Avenue so they can try fishing in the popular children's angling pond and check out the educational displays. IMAS will be also be on site with a fisheries research aquarium.

DPIPWE fishery staff will be available to answer queries. See you there in the Marine Section from May 3rd - 5th.

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Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
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