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Fish Taxidermy

Leroy Tirant

Once in a lifetime an angler may be lucky enough to catch a trophy fish, if you’re even luckier you may get more than one. When you catch this fish your faced with the question of what to do with it. In today’s age of catch and release many anglers would choose to release a big fish but there’s nothing wrong with having the fish mounted for your wall.

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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

Monitoring of PST levels in rock lobsters and mussel sentinel samples taken from the Central East Coast zone have returned results that will enable the recreational rock lobster fishery in this zone to open as scheduled on Saturday 19 November.
Pots may be set in the open areas from 13:00 hours  (i.e. 1 pm) on Friday 18 November 2016, however pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Saturday 00:01 hours (i.e. Saturday morning).

The zones that will open as scheduled on Saturday, 19 November are (see map below):

  • Storm Bay/Bruny Zone (Whale Head to Tasman Island);
  • Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Island to Marion Bay);
  • Upper East Coast Zone (Picaninny/Wardlaws Point to Eddystone Point); and
  • North East Zone (Eddystone Point to Banks Strait).

Western Region Opening

The recreational rock lobster season in the Western Region (waters west of Point Sorell around to Whale Head) opens this Saturday, 5 November. Fishers can set their pots from 1pm this Friday, then pull them after midnight when the season is officially open.

The pest fish species, Redfin perch are present in the Mersey River

To work out how widely Redfin are spread in the Mersey River, its inflowing creeks and farm dams we need YOUR help.

biotoxin 2016A harmful algal bloom continues to persist along the East and South East coasts. Monitoring of paralytic shellfish toxin levels in rock lobster and wild shellfish is continuing with further sampling scheduled for late October. The results from this will inform management decisions on the open/closed status of all zones prior to the scheduled opening of the Eastern Region on 19 November.

Read the latest biotoxin update

licence 2016Recreational sea fishing licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, nets and set lines are now on sale at Service Tasmania and online.
Please note that licence refunds will not be granted if you are unable to fish in some waters due to biotoxin closures.

Buy your 2016-17 licence

Have you tried whitebait fishing?

With favourable conditions, this season is looking like a great whitebait season.
The 2016 whitebait season opens for fishing on Saturday October 1 and remains open till Friday 11 November 2016.

Ever lost fish to seals? What were you fishing for? Are there more seals than there used to be? What should be done to manage seal-fisheries interactions?
Fishery researchers at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies need help from fishers to answer these and other questions for their investigation into seal-fisheries interactions in Tasmania. Participation is anonymous.
Please complete the survey which only takes about 15 minutes.

A new boat launching ramp has been developed to help recreational boaters and anglers enter yingina/Great Lake at lower water levels.

Hydro Tasmania and the Inland Fisheries Service have developed the new launching ramp at Boundary Bay, at a shared cost of $15,000.

The new ramp is about 300 metres east of the existing Boundary Bay launching area, and allows boats to be launched safely and efficiently when water levels in yingina/Great Lake are as low as 18.9 metres from full (the lake is currently about 17m from full).

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) representing Australia’s recreational fishing community today released its Platform for the upcoming Federal Election.  The Platform titled “Go Fishing - It’s great for you and our nation” focuses on increasing the recognition of recreational fishing with the Government and the community. 

Allan Hansard, Managing Director of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation said “Australia’s 5 million strong recreational fishing community contributes an estimated $10 billion to Australia’s local communities each year. In addition, there is growing evidence that recreational fishing is also good for your health and wellbeing. In other words, everyone benefits from going for a fish! “ Click here for the PDF

Information from http://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/trout-weekend/come-along-to-trout-weekend-liaweenee-great-lake
 Come and see hundreds of brown trout on their annual spawning migration in Tasmania’s central highlands.

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May 2016
10am – 3pm daily
Free entry

There is something for the whole family at Trout Weekend, its not just for anglers!

Shellfish Biotoxin Research Survey and other News

Biotoxin researchers need help from Tassie fishers who are out there on the water taking and eating rock lobster.
SARDI (South Australian Research & Development Institute) are assessing the risk of eating lobsters during a biotoxin outbreak. A 2015 survey showed that 21% of Western Region fishers eat the liver (or mustard) and only 15% in the Eastern Region. By comparison, in South Australia only 5% consume this part of the lobster.
SARDI are now doing a follow-up survey to learn more including to see if eating habits have changed due to recent biotoxin events.
Please complete the survey which only takes 5 minutes.

Tasmania PWS advise not to use Western Lakes tracks

On their Facebook page, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service have issued the following parks and track closure notice for 20 January 2016.

Source: http://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/tasmania-pws-advise-not-to-use-western-lakes-tracks

WALLS OF JERUSALEM NATIONAL PARK AND THE CENTRAL PLATEAU CONSERVATION AREA

Due to a bushfire in the Mersey Forest Road area, the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and part of the Central Plateau Conservation Area (Lake McKenzie) have been closed. The following tracks are closed until further notice:
Devills Gullett Walking Track, South Mole Creek (Yeates track), Parsons Track, Higgs Track, Western Creek Track, Little Fisher Track, Walls of Jerusalem main track, Lake Myrtle track, Moses Creek Track, Lees Paddocks Track, Explorer Creek Route and Blue Peaks Route.
Fisherman are also advised to avoid using Pillans Lake Track to access Lake Field, Julians and Pillans Lake within the Central Plateau Conservation Area.
Liffey Falls: the road into Liffey Falls and the campground are closed.

The highlighted section above is of particular interest to anglers. This area can be popular for vehicular and walking access at this time of year. Check PWS website and Facebook page for updates.

Closure of boat ramps at Great Lake 20 January 2016

Source: http://www.hydro.com.au/about-us/news/2016-01/closure-boat-ramps-great-lake
Hydro Tasmania advises that only one formally recognised boat ramp remains open at Great Lake.

Prior to Christmas, Cramps Bay and Swan Bay boat ramps were closed, following advice from Marine and Safety Tasmania and the Inland Fisheries Service that they are not usable at current water levels. This month, Tods Corner, Haddens Bay and Brandum Bay boat ramps have been closed. The five ramps will remain closed until water levels increase.

Western Lakes, Fires and Campsites

Hello Mike - Looking at current spate of fires in the state it might be an appropriate time to ask your readers to refrain from camp fires in the western lakes.
All that area is designated fuel stove but there are obviously a few flouting that.
I cant recall a lake where I havent seen evidence of a recent fire. Antinomy, Silver, Sally, Fanny, Wadleys, and so on.
Some have been good enough to use old stone fire places. Others have just been on the grass.
I don’t need to tell you how fast a fire can take hold in this weather. The chances of getting out safely in that country are only fair. The plants would take years to recover.
Don’t get me started on the beer cans in every lake.  The upside is that they all appear to be quite old.

Regards

Tom Blackwell  | Internal  Sales, Bluescope Distribution Pty Ltd

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