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Well it was lovely and sunny with very little breeze when I left Sheffield at 12.30pm for a session back to the same creek that I fished a couple of days ago. Once there the cloud had moved in and there was a stiff breeze blowing making it quite cool. The water level had dropped by some 5-6 inches too, but it's temperature hadn't. It was icy cold, same as two days ago. Today I'm testing a couple of new hard body lures for a small tackle company. These are a small 5 cm floating hard body lure in a rainbow & a brown trout pattern.

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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

Low Head Boat Ramp Upgrade - Delayed Reopening

Unfortunately yet another delay with reopening the ramp – now next Friday (27 June)! The dive crew the Contractors had booked to do the underwater work withdrew at the last minute. Fortunately they were able to get a replacement crew onsite on Wednesday and the dive work was finished yesterday. Just couple of things to finish off now and we should be ok to reopen next week.

Media release - AMEC (Australian Marine Engine Council)

The attached media release - released by the AMEC (Australian Marine Engine Council) yesterday - is extremely important for all in our industry. It details an update from Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, which takes Australia a step closer to adopting Emissions Standards for outboard engines. Such regulations will mean no further import of high emission outboards.  This media release includes details of industry and AMEC contacts for further comment, as well as a link to the relevant page on the Minister's website.

Easter Fishing News

Scallop Season Opens
The 2014 recreational scallop season opens from this Saturday, 12 April and runs until July 31.  The D'Entrecasteaux Channel remains closed to protect scallop stocks, so you cannot take or possess scallops in this area or transit through it with scallops on board your boat.  Reports last year indicated that scallop divers were most active on the East Coast from Coles Bay to Marion Bay.

Marine Discovery Weekend

I thought you might like to know about our Marine Discovery Weekends coming up - this weekend in St Helens!
We're working with local councils and businesses to put these activities on at really inexpensive prices, to help people explore our amazing marine life and have fun on the coast. More info and tickets are at www.marinediscover.com

Check out the poster below and please pass it on to anyone who might be interested.

Cheers,
Bec
Marine Coordinator 
Environment Tasmania 

Below are the latest stories from the IFS website (since 22 January 2013) from oldest to latest. Click on the headline to take you to the stories. 

Fisheries Compliance - Australia Day Long Weekend
Over the Australia Day Long Weekend Inland Fisheries Officers patrolled many inland waters across the State. The objectives of the patrols were to ensure recreational angler compliance under the ...

MAST Flare Nights

Mast has been busy around the boat ramps over summer as well as doing Flare & Safety nights around the state. Recently we have been to Wynyard and last night, Wednesday 26 February, we were at Montrose Bay Yacht Club where 54 turned out in better conditions than the last time we were there.
Next Wednesday night, the 5th of March, we will be at Tamar Yacht Club where we hope to see a big crowd. The best so far this summer has been 124 at Kettering Yacht Club in December. Last year MAST ran 38 flare demonstrations around the state.

Anglers Alliance Report

Click here to read the report Anglers Alliance Report

Amateur fishers reminded to give dolphins a chance

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Recreational fishers have been reminded to check their nets regularly for bycatch after a grisly find at Eaglehawk Neck earlier this week. A young dolphin with its tail severed and other injuries that appeared consistent with net entanglement was discovered on the Tessellated Pavement and reported to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
DPIPWE wildlife biologist Rachael Alderman said fishers need to be aware of the potential for marine mammals and seabirds to become entangled in unattended nets.

Carp Report 2013

Please find below the quarterly Tasmanian carp report for the end of 2013.
Best wishes for the New Year.
Chris Wisniewski

Australian Fly Fishing Museum

Ever thought of giving something back to the community? Yes I am talking about volunteering.
The Australian Fly Fishing Museum needs volunteers for the Clarendon site - just out of Evandale in Northern Tasmania.
It is a pretty easy job and a knowledge of fishing or fly fishing is not a requirement. Training is provided. If you do have an interest in fly fishing all the better.

Latest stories from the IFS website (since December 2013)

They are listed from oldest to latest. Click on the headline to take you to the stories.

Circular Head Landcare Group: important notes for fishermen – Ricegrass program 2014

Ricegrass is an invasive species which colonises mudflats and estuaries. It clogs up channels, and destroys habitat for wader birds and breeding grounds for fish such as flat-head and flounder.

Latest stories from the IFS website since November 2013, from oldest to latest.

Click on the headline to take you to the stories.
Little Pine Lagoon Lakeside Reserve upgrade

Inland Fisheries Service has assisted Parks and Wildlife Service to install new reserve signage at Little Pine Lagoon. The signs are in the new Parks blue and white colour palette and replace the ...

Latest from the IFS

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

An upgrade to Austins Ferry boat ramp -The popular,well used boat ramp at Austins Ferry has recently received a significant upgrade. The new pontoon was jointly funded by MAST and Glenorchy City Council at a total cost $102,000...

East Coast Toxic Algal Bloom Update

Levels of the toxic algal species Alexandrium tamarense have been increasing in several locations on the East Coast since early August.
How does this affect recreational fishers?
At this stage, there are no changes to the recreational fishery.

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

By AliveMobile
Description
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.

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