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Drifting boats and etiquette afloat

by Neil Grose

Fishing is a past time that by its very nature is intended to be both relaxing and enjoyable. As the pressures of the modern world increase by the day, many people are increasingly becoming infatuated with the ability of fishing to wash away the stress and anxiety that the working week generates. Yet having said that, the amount of aggression displayed out on the water is becoming greater all the time. Most if not all of this is caused by boats, and in particular the way they are handled.

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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 -

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

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.

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
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.

Trout weekend at Liawenee

We love Liawenee and hope to see you there. This year we have custom 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.

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