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A QUEST FOR BIG FLATHEAD

After fishing the Tamar for many years and catching thousands of Southern Sand Flathead which the average size is around 25 cm. Flathead where not a species I readily target. That was up until this year when a friend of mine Barry Pagett and Peter Lees of Swan Point caught a 3.8kg (81/2lb) Southern Blue Spotted Flathead just off Bridport. After viewing the photos of this magnificent fish it gave me hope that there are flathead around bigger than 25cm.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

Annual Tasmanian Carp Management Program Report 2013

Please find below the Annual Tasmanian Carp Management Program Report for 2013.

2013 Carp Report

Regards,
Chris
Section Manager
Fisheries Management

Inland Fisheries Service

News from the Recreational Fisheries Section of DPIPWE.

Rock Lobster Season - November Open Dates
The recreational rock lobster fishery in the Eastern Region will open on the third Saturday of November in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  This year the open date is 16 November 2013.
.The Western Region season start "day" has not changed and it will continue to open on the first Saturday of November.  This year the open date is 2 November 2013.
The closure dates for the female season and for the recreational fishery male closure have not changed.  The male rock lobster season for the recreational fishery closes on 31 August and the female season closes on 30 April.

Is a saltwater rod licence on its way?

An assessment of Licensing Arrangements for Tasmania's Marine Recreational Fisheries

The report has been completed by an independent consultant under a Fishwise Community Grant project. Although the Recreational Fisheries Advisory Committee had supported this project proposal and the Department commissioned the project, at this stage there are no changes proposed for recreational sea licenses in Tasmania. The report does not make any recommendations. The report may be further contemplated when considering the challenges faced with declining recreational license and Fishwise revenues. 

http://www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/Attachments/LBUN-95YUA2?open

Below are the latest stories from the IFS website (since 17 June 2013). Click on the headline to take you to the stories.

Lake Leake stocked with adult rainbow trout in preparation for the new season
On July 3, 2013, Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) stocked 900 rainbow trout from Springfield Hatcheries were released at Kalangadoo Bay, Lake Leake. The fish were between 900 and 1200 grams and in ...

Stories from the IFS website (since 4 June 2013).

Click on the headline to go to the stories.

Lake Barrington to fall below its notification level of 119.42m

In advance of a major outage at the Paloona Power station Lake Barrington will be draw down to its normal minimum operating level of 116.59 m; this is 5.33 m below the full supply level of the lake. ...

Boatwise IPhone App

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Be prepared and safe in, around and on the water with the Boatwise app developed by Marine and Safety Tasmania and Surf Life Saving Tasmania.
Whether you are a keen boater who likes to fish or prefer to jet ski, kayak or simply go cruising, be prepared with customised checklists to ensure you are always ready and safe on the water.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/boatwise/id638180807?mt=8

Trout weekend at Liawenee

We love Liawenee and hope to see you there. This year we have custom tasfish.com beanies and floating fillet knives as a special deal. So we hope it is really cold and blowing. You will also be able to check out the 4.45 metre Haines Hunter we have been rebuilding. I have done a bit, Penguin Composites have done a lot and it is looking really cool. See you 18 - 19 May 10-4pm at Liawenee.

MaST boating forums May 2013

 

 

Paloona is the one I would really like to see happen. There is no public access at the moment, and the water is actually for boating. It would take fishing pressure and conflict with skiers away from Barrington, which is the next water up in this scheme.
Many others are important, but this would be a huge benefit to NW coast.

Latest news items from the IFS website to 26 April 2013

Oldest at the bottom, newest at top. Click on any title for the full news stories.

Swan Bay boat ramp obstructions removed

The IFS has removed two large stumps that were a hazard to navigation at the current lake levels from the Swan Bay boat ramp, Great Lake...

Latest News from IFS

Spillway barrier net installed at Four Springs Lake
There have been concerns voiced by anglers for many years of the loss of trout over the spillway at Four Springs Lake. While a spillway screen could prevent such losses it would also bring with it maintenance issues, as debris build up would likely compromise the efficiency of the spillway....

Toxic Algal Bloom Update as at 28 March

There are public health warnings in place for the eating of wild shellfish and rock lobster in the Huon and Lower D’Entrecasteaux areas and on the East Coast.  For up-to-date information about public health alerts relating to this event, refer to the Director of Public Health's current Public Health warnings or phone the Department of Health and Human Services hotline on 1800 671 738.

All  the  latest  news  for  the  2012-13  sea fishing season from the Recreational Fisheries  Section of  DPIPWE.

Community Fishing Forums
Community Fishing Forums are being held in the north and north west of the State next week.  The dates are St Helens - 18 March, Launceston - 19 March and Devonport - 20 March.  More details on the attached flyer.
Come along to hear talks on Tasmania's recreational and commercial fisheries, participate in panel discussions and enjoy fishing gear demonstrations, responsible fishing advice and a barbeque with Fishcare.

All  the  latest  news  for  the  2012-13  sea fishing season  from the Recreational Fisheries  Section of  DPIPWE.

 
Community Fishing Forums
Community Fishing Forums are being held in the north and north west of the State next week.  The dates are St Helens - 18 March, Launceston - 19 March and Devonport - 20 March.  More details on the attached flyer. 

Come along to hear talks on Tasmania's recreational and commercial fisheries, participate in panel discussions and enjoy fishing gear demonstrations, responsible fishing advice and a barbeque with Fishcare.

Community Fishing Forums

Please feel free to distribute the attached flyer for Community Fishing Forums being held in the Northern part of the state in March.  The concept is being trialled and if there is sufficient interest we will conduct similar forums in the South at a later date.

Feel free to provide feedback. A PDF flyer is available here

MAST on Facebook

This just a quick message to let you know MAST has hit the year running and we are now on FACEBOOK
We are moving with the times with new ways to communicate! www.facebook.com/MAST.TAS . This will be a good way for you to keep in touch with what is happening around the waterways of the state.
Look forward to seeing you all during the year.

Angler's Association Supports Fire Appeal

The Corralinn Fly Fishing & Casting Association recently convened a sausage sizzle as a means of supporting the Tasmanian Fire Relief Appeal. This was performed by courtesy of Bunnings Launceston. 14 members assisted working in shifts throughout the day. Through the generosity of a great public a profit of $1500 was achieved which was duly forwarded to the fund. 
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Recreational Fishery Closures (from http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/SWIS-92A3LJ?open )

The area closed to commercial and recreational rock lobster fishing on Tasmania’s east coast has been increased to include waters from Eddystone Point to Waterhouse Island.
Laboratory test results received today (Fri Dec 21)confirmed that rock lobster sampled north of the closed area on December 15 had now been impacted by toxic alga.

Situation report on East Coast Algal Event Emergency Closures 19/12/2012

A situation update dated 20 December is now available on the Emergency Fishery Closures webpage at www.fishing.tas.gov.au.
Eddystone Point to the southern end of Marion Bay will remain closed to recreational rock lobster fishing for the time being - this means the area will not be opened before Christmas/New Year.
Recreational fishers who are considering heading north of Eddystone Point are also encouraged to keep up to date with public health warnings and status of the fishery.
The recreational abalone fishery opened from 14 December 2012.

Situation report on East Coast Algal Event Emergency Closures

A situation update dated 13 December is now available on the Emergency Fishery Closures webpage at www.fishing.tas.gov.au. Eddystone Point to the southern end of Marion Bay remains closed to recreational rock lobster fishing i.e no change to the closure for rock lobster. The recreational abalone fishery in the area will be opened from 14 December 2012.

Situation report on East Coast Algal Event Emergency Closures

A situation update dated 7 December is now available on the Emergency Fishery Closures webpage at www.fishing.tas.gov.au.

  • Sampling and testing indicates that Flathead and squid are safe to eat.
  • The area from Eddystone Point to the southern end of Marion Bay remains closed for fishing and taking of rock lobster and abalone for recreational fishers.
  • The recreational rock lobster and abalone closure will remain in place pending the results from rock lobster samples and other sampling within the closed area.
  • Results expected over the next week should give a better indication of how long the closures will be in place.

Public Health Contacts
For up to date information about public health alerts relating to eating shellfish, refer to the Director of Public Health's current Public Health warnings or phone the Department of Health and Human Services hotline on 1800 671 738.

East Coast Closures 29/11/2012

An update from DPIPWE on the emergency closure of part of the east coast of Tasmania to recreational rock lobster and abalone fishing.
Emergency Closures FAQs
On Thursday, 22 November 2012, part of the east coast of Tasmania was closed to recreational rock lobster and abalone fishing.  Some commercial fisheries are also closed.  The Recreational Fisheries Section of DPIPWE has been receiving a large volume of enquiries about the closure and a set of frequently asked questions has now been released with answers to questions such as:

  • How long will the closure be in place?
  • Can fishers transit through the closed area?
  • Which fish can I eat?

An update on the closure issued on 29 November, and the FAQs and answers can be found on the Emergency Fishery Closures webpage at www.fishing.tas.gov.au.

Recreational Fishery Closures - East Coast

Part of the east coast of Tasmania has been closed to recreational rock lobster and abalone fishing from midnight, Thursday 22 November 2012.  The affected area is from Eddystone Point in the north to Marion Bay in the south (see map below).

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