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Presented from Issue 96
Traditionally the age old art of fish taxidermy has involved the preserving, mounting and painting of the fishes skin and head to craft a life like trophy. In more recent times fibreglass fish reproductions or ‘repro’s’ have become available, offering the trophy hunter a viable alternative. Indeed, a well crafted repro can look as good and natural as a well made skin mount.

I was inspired to touch on this subject after hearing secondhand comments that ‘skin mounts don’t last!’ That’s true if the mount wasn’t made correctly in the first place. We’ve all seen the withered and colourless mounts hanging on pub and tackle shop walls, of hardly recognisable specimens caught 20 or 30 yrs ago, and in some cases not that long ago. Well, fish taxidermy has come a long way since those days, with modern techniques and products developed specifically for the industry there is no reason why a properly crafted skin mount should not last a lifetime.

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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

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.

Redmap Project

Winter in Tasmania seems to be a time to slow down, pop on the kettle and usually in my family, share a flu or two. I like to look out of my window at the woolly weather, but clearly this is not the case for all those keen (crazy) fishers and divers out there who still have been reporting unusual fish sightings over this chilly winter period. For that the Redmap team thank you! You are the stars that make the collection of this previously unrecorded information, and the Redmap website, such a success.

Inspectors Reports for the Angling Season Opening Weekend Patrols

The weekend of 6-7 August this year marked the official start of the 2011-12 angling season. Traditionally, anglers eagerly await the opening of the season and fishing trips are planned well in advance regardless of the weather, which given the time of the year, is often inclement. It’s also an important working weekend for the Inland Fisheries Service. Inland fisheries inspectors undertake patrols throughout the State, visiting popular waters to interview anglers, check licences and enforce the regulations.

DPIPWE Fishing News Updates August 2011

Recreational Rock Lobster Fishery
  • The 2010/11 recreational rock lobster season will close on 31 August 2011.
  • The 2011/12 season will open on Saturday 5th November 2011.
  • The season for females will close on 30 April 2012, followed by the closure for males on 31 August 2012.
More information at our Recreational Fishing Seasons webpage:

Season Opening Angler Notifications and Reminders

High water level at Arthurs Lake has restricted access to Pumphouse Bay boat ramp. Boaters are advised to use alternative ramps at the dam wall and Jonah Bay until the level drops.
The new season starts on Saturday 6 August

IFS News July 7th 2011

The majority of adult transfers of wild brown trout captured over the winter spawning period and stocked into priority waters around the State, are now complete and will be ready to catch when the season opens on Saturday 6 August.

New Season Dates and Information for Full Season Licence Holders

by Sarah Graham IFS

The start of the new season this year is on Saturday 6 August. This marks the opening of brown trout waters which remain open until 29 April 2012, while rainbow trout waters open on 31 October and close on 3 June next year.

The start of the new season this year is on Saturday 6 August.

Latest IFS News

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IFS News - News 2011 05 23

Trout Weekend at Liawenee - a Highland Success Story
by Sarah Graham
It was another brilliant Trout Weekend at Liawnee this weekend 21-22 May, with an estimated 6000 people attending the event over the two-days.
Visitors were enthralled to watch spawning trout being stripped of their eggs for cultivation by the IFS

 

IFS News - Hatchery Report

by Sarah Graham
This Hatchery Report covers the work of the IFS hatchery staff during April. It covers the collection of brown trout ova and grading of fish to complete the stocking of remaining waters in the annual wild brown stocking program.

 

IFS News - Tassal Salmon Donation

by Sarah Graham
Tassal recently donated over 1000 large male Atlantic salmon for recreational angling. The IFS stocked Craigbourne Dam and Lake Meadowbank with these 3-4 kg fish.
Tassal recently donated over 1000 large male Atlantic salmon for recreational angling. The fish were ex brood stock, now surplus to requirements, and as Phil Adams from Tassal said, “We don’t need them and it’d be a shame to waste these magnificent fish!” The fish which weighed 3-4 kg were stocked into Craigbourne Dam (740 fish) and Lake Meadowbank (300) in the past two weeks
   

Trout Weekend 21-22 May 2011

by Sarah Graham, IFS
Come and see hundreds of wild brown trout on their annual spawning run at Liawenee, Great Lake.

Watch the trout being trapped and stripped of eggs for culture by staff of the Inland Fisheries Service. The hatchling are grown to young fish and used to restock Tasmania's legendary wild trout fishery – an activity that's been going on for nearly 150 years. It’s a unique piece of Tasmania's angling heritage.

This week's news from the IFS

Hydro Tasmania Agrees to Higher Lake Levels at Arthurs and Woods Lakes
On Thursday 31 March, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Bryan Green witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Roy Adair, the CEO of Hydro Tasmania and Inland Fisheries" Director, John Diggle, which will help ensure higher lake levels for Arthurs and Woods lakes in the future.

Latest update from the IFS March 2011

Latest Anglers Access Project completed on the Meander River

The latest Angler Access Project has been completed for the Meander River under funding from the Inland Fisheries Service and Federal Government, provided through Anglers Alliance Tasmania. It follows the other successful river access projects on the River Leven, Brumbys Creek and the Lake, North Esk and Macquarie rivers.

News from IFS March 2011

Latest Anglers Access Project completed on the Meander River
by Sarah Graham
The latest Angler Access Project has been completed for the Meander River under funding from the Inland Fisheries Service and Federal Government, provided through Anglers Alliance Tasmania. It follows the other successful river access projects on the River Leven, Brumbys Creek and the Lake, North Esk and Macquarie rivers.

IFS Reports

Annual Trout Fry Stocking Program Completed for the Western Lakes

by Sarah Graham
The Inland Fisheries Service recently completed its annual stocking program of wild stock brown and rainbow trout fry in selected waters within the Western Lakes Wilderness Fishery. For several of these waters, the small fish need to be carried on foot by Service staff for the last leg of the journey.

New Year Stocking Update

With surplus fish stock available – from its own and some of the commercial hatcheries – the Service has been kept busy stocking both public and private waters since the New Year. This intensity is likely to continue over the following weeks as part of the annual stocking program set out in the Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2008-18.

Community Service Announcement  from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG)

Everyone has an important part to play in preventing the spread of the current abalone disease outbreak.
Precautionary measures have been put in place including the closure of the recreational abalone fishery at Bicheno. This means it’s now an offence to take abalone from this fishery.
Everyone is strongly encouraged not to dive, fish or boat in this area. If you do, you must clean your boat and disinfect any diving, fishing and other gear before leaving the area.

Fishing News Updates

This is a free email subscription service by Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment providing information on what’s happening in Tasmania’s sea fisheries.

Solar panels saving IFS money

Inland Fisheries Service is seeking sustainability across every aspect of its business. Not only does the Service have a mission to manage the State’s inland fishery in a sustainable manner but it has a responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint as part of the Government’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

High Water Levels a Safety Risk

by Sarah Graham IFS
 
Increasing water levels bring the risk of flooding, floating debris and submerged obstacles - Keep a look out!

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