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Tiny creeks and sea run trout - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Christopher Bassano fishes over 250 days a year. This interview was recorded just before he headed off to fish for Australia in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Norway 14-17 August 2013.

I live on a small stream and at the start of the season I like to go off on a bit of a discovery mission and fish the headwaters of the creeks and rivers I feel an affinity with.

These small rivers include the St Pats, Meander, Forester, Little Forester and others. The further up you go on these rivers the clearer and lower the levels. They are often less affected by the rain and runoff and you get some good opportunities. Get as close to the source as you can and you will find some good dry fly fishing. Don’t limit yourself to those I have mentioned. Most headwaters will hold trout.

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Bicheno Report 11/06/2012

With the promise of very little wind and swell, Mike Stevens, Bailey & Phil Zanetto, along with myself, headed out to Bicheno early this morning (6am) with the aim of targeting a few striped trumpeter.

 Bicheno Striped Trumpeter

President Danny Jacobs, from Tamar Marine, recently had a striped trumpeter trip out of Bicheno with his mates Fitzy and Jason Fulton. Leaving  home at 5am to arrive at Bicheno at 7am, they headed up to Seymour and had been fishing five minutes when Jason caught his first ever Stripie.

East Coast Report

May is the beginning of the slower winter period for Tasmanian waters however there is still some great fishing on offer. With April seeing the end of the Brown Trout season for most Tasmanian waters its time to turn to the Rainbow fisheries that are still available to fish until the end of May. These waters include Dee Lagoon, Lagoon of Islands, Lake Rowallan, Lake Skinner, Mersey River above Lake Rowallan, Upper Mersey Lakes and the upstream sections of the two Weld Rivers. This time of year deep trolling with lead line is the preferred method for the lakes and still the possibility of fish on the dry fly in the North East stream.

Weymouth Easter 2012

We were invited to Weymouth for a couple of days over the Easter break to stay at a friend’s shack. The plan was to go after some flathead on the first day and a Mako the next. We arrived about lunch time on Friday and got the gear ready.

Bicheno Report

Went after a few tuna off the coast at Bicheno  today, had a great day out in the salt for a change, boating over twenty albacore with a couple of mates along with a good feed of quality flathead. The weather was quite good with a slight south east wind blowing but also quite bright but all in all just a great day with plenty of action....catch up soon.
President & ( Lake Leake) caretaker Mick

Swansea Report 18/3/2012

We went to Swansea this morning, leaving home at 7am, ...home at 3pm with our quota.
Sorry , not a lot of pictures, but I was flat out cleaning fish and didn't get a chance to take many photos.

Coles Bay Snapper

Here is a photo of a snapper we caught at Coles Bay.
5.5kg, 750mm long
Regards, Paul Aulich

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Waterhouse Report

We headed to the shack at Blackman's Lagoon on Wednesday and stayed through to Sunday. Headed out on Blackman's in the tinny for a couple of hours, bagging a 3lb brown trout in good condition on a black and gold T-tail.
On Thursday, Jonny and I headed out on the sea in the afternoon at South Croppies. We caught 58 flathead, 3 undersize gummies and a squid in a 3 hour stint. 

Schouten passage Easter 2011

by Todd - Jim, Virginia and myself left home at 7am this morning with high hopes of getting onto a few.
Arrived at Swansea around 8.30ish only to find the boat ramp at dead low tide....nowhere near enough water to launch the boat.
Back in the car and off to Saltworks road, conditions perfect so we went straight out to the passage.

Ansons Bay Report

Just back from a family holiday at Anson’s Bay where the bream were very keen and the average size was the best I have ever seen.
Regards Corey Hogarth

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