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Should recreational nets be banned?

An opinion piece with Mike Stevens
Many Tasmanian fishermen remember how easy it was to catch a feed of fish back in the day. Parents cherished teaching their children how to fish and took pride in Tasmania’s fisheries. But things have changed, and our fisheries just aren’t what they used to be. Bag limits are tightening and size restrictions are getting stricter. Phasing out recreational gillnets need to be part of this effort to bring our fish back because they simply don’t allow the ‘limit your catch, don’t catch your limit’ approach required to look after our fish stocks in today’s times. 
Fishing favourites Bastard Trumpeter, Blue Warehou and Banded Morwong, are all at historic lows and are vulnerable to gillnetting. Over one third of all fish caught using gillnets is thrown away – wasted. In the case of Banded Morwong and some sharks, around 90% are discarded. These are fish that need to be growing into breeders. 

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Honda Marine Launches Two New Stunning Models

Honda has unveiled its much-anticipated BF80 and BF100 outboard engines, further reinforcing the brand as a leader in the four-stroke market. The release coincides with Honda Marine’s 50-year anniversary, which is being celebrated throughout 2014. The new 80 and 100hp outboards provide new levels of performance in their sectors by using Honda’s world-renowned technologies such as BLAST™ and VTEC (BF100 only), all the while ensuring excellent fuel economy.

ABU GARCIA Australia – New Website Live!

Abu Garcia Australia has launched a new website to co-incide with the release of a host of exciting new products. Check out the New Revo Premier, STX, Inshore, SX, and S low profile reels, winner of best reel series at iCast 2012. The all new Revo Inshore, SX and S spin reels. New Australian designed V series rods the Vanguard, Velocity and Veritas feature the best in materials and components.

Honda Powers River To Reef Around Australia

The new season of popular television fishing show River To Reef is in full swing around Australia, powered all the way by Honda. Airing on ONE (regional areas) and on Foxtel's Aurora Channel, this series takes viewers to locations around Australia and New Zealand in search of some of the most popular fish species.
Click here to download the press release.

Honda’s Summer Savings 2012

Honda Marine dealers around Australia are offering great deals on Honda outboard engines throughout summer.
Specials are subject to stock availability, so boaters in the market for a new outboard are encouraged to hurry into their local Honda dealer for the best deals.

BERKLEY Australia – New Website Live!

Berkley Australia has launched a new and different version of our website. Smart phone friendly the new site is dedicated to all things Berkley Australia. Improvements to the site include integrated social media plug ins, blog and video content. We want to communicate and connect with anglers not only looking for Berkley products but also for tips and techniques on how to become a better angler and Catch More Fish!

Mercury Marine Website

Mercury Marine’s popular website has been comprehensively refreshed – providing Australia’s boat lovers with even more information that’s easier to find. And here is a press release.

Big Fish, Small Boats - Presented by Honda

At 6pm on One HD this Sunday 16 September sees the national premiere of an exciting new fishing show – Big Fish, Small Boats, presented by Honda. Here is a media release.

Employment with RiverFly Tasmania and FlyShop 1864

Are you interested in employment with RiverFly? We are currently seeking fly fishing guides for the 2012 / 2013 season. Our guides must:

  • Be experienced in Tasmanian fly fishing,
  • Have a Senior First Aid Workplace Level II certificate (or the ability to gain one),
  • Have a Public Vehicle Drivers licence (or the ability to gain one),
  • A Restricted Coxwain’s Certificate is preferred but not essential,
  • Own reliable transport to get to and from remote work locations (AWD is ideal)
  • Be available for on-going training days (beginning August 2012)
  • Be flexible and committed with work hours and booking dates
  • Be committed to conservation and community engagement

Please visit for further information

Supercharged Verado Savings ... up to $2,749!

Mercury Verado outboard engines regularly amaze boaters with their unmatched power and performance.
Now there’s a sales offer worthy of them.
You can save up to $2,749 as part of the 2012 Verado Supercharged Sale*.
To be eligible, simply speak to a participating dealer and buy a new Verado outboard with a SmartCraft kit (which includes MercMonitor, SC1000 System Speed/System Tach or VesselView gauges).
That’s it!

Okuma X-Factor

2012 has brought upon a further three models which continue to make X-Factor rods the choice for all serious anglers; the 8’ Squid Light and Squid Medium are dedicated EGI rods designed with specialist Fuji components to enhance your squid fishing experience; rated to fish jigs of 2.0-3.0 and 2.5-4.0 respectively. The third new addition to the X-Factor range is a highly requested 16’ 3 piece surf rod rated to fish 8-10kg for those anglers after a bit more reach.

Hook Line and Sinker (FTA)

Catch the new series of Australia’s favourite fishing duo on 7Mate!
Popular fishing series Hook, Line & Sinker is now in production with its eighth season after signing a deal with 7Mate for free-to-air broadcast of 20 new episodes beginning Saturday 19 May.
Scheduled for Saturdays at 5:00pm, the 7Mate agreement includes 20 brand new, premier episodes as well as some of the boys’ best episodes from their previous 7 seasons.

 Yamaha Announces free Gauges and Controls

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Pure Fishing Australia – New Product

The Berkley Powerbait Ripple Shad features a sleek profile complete with extremely life-like details, including 3D eyes and compelling coloring. The ribs or ripples extending all the way to the bait's tail set it apart from other similar baits on the market, creating additional water disturbance and vibration as well as a larger surface area for the PowerBait scent to work its magic.

Trevor Hawkins

Please visit Trevor Hawkins at
Trevor Hawkins is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost angling artists and illustrators. Although noted for his trout paintings, his work also features the plants, insects and other animals that inhabit the natural environment where trout and other fish are found.
Fishing, particularly fly-fishing and the lure of the countryside have been a constant in his life for as far back as he can remember.

For Sale

Please contact Mick on 0409 727 662 for further information.

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Australian Fly Fishing Conclave - 21st-22nd April

Hayes on Brumbys Lodge - Cressy
Sat 21 April and Sunday 22 April - 9 am to 5 pm
Special day attendance rate of just $195 per day
Weekend "Live In" attendance including fishing on Mon 23 April $850
All bookings must be made online at

IronHouse Challenge 2012


Ironhouse Challenge 7th of April 2012, 7.00am to 3.00pm
Pallets of beer to be won!
  • Heaviest Game Fish – One pallet of IronHouse Stubbies (48 cartons)
  • Heaviest Scale Fish – ½ pallet of IronHouse Stubbies (24 cartons)
  • Heaviest Flathead – ¼ pallet of IronHouse Stubbies (8 cartons)
Click here for details and an entry form.

Rapala VMC Australia presents: Game Essentials

Anglers of all levels looking to learn a thing or two about sport and game fishing techniques will be interested in a series of seminars presented by owner of Pakula Tackle Australia, and renowned game angler Peter Pakula.

Pakula Tackle was established as a full time business in 1987, though Peter Pakula has been making lures and inventing now commonplace game fishing components such as the Shackle Rig, 60 degree hook offsets and Witchdoctor Teasers since the early 70’s. In that time Pakula Lures and products have achieved some astronomical results with over 1,000 World Records, Australian Records, tournament wins, and trophies combined.

Rapala Fishy Fingers Design Competition

Ever wanted to design a lure pattern… and actually have it manufactured? Well now is your chance!
To celebrate reaching over 30,000 Facebook fans, Rapala VMC Australia has launched a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky fan to have their ideas manufactured by the international Rapala lure factory; the same factory that has been manufacturing Rapala lures since 1936.
There are some great prizes on offer!

Rapala Spotted Dog

LIMITED STOCK It’s BACK ! - Rapala’s “Spotted Dog” was first made famous in the mid-to-late 80’s by Rapala’s Head of International Export, Erkki Norell, as a superb trout & native freshwater lure colouration; however due the complexity of this pattern, supply was limited and as a result it was common to see avid anglers painting their own Rapala lures, Spotted-Dog-style.

OUT NOW! New Fishing Tasmania Annual Magazine

Fishing Tasmania is the ultimate Tasmanian fishing guide! It is a quality magazine that comes wrapped with a FREE informative DVD titled "How to catch Bream on lures', plus a FREE Fishing Tasmania sticker.
It retails for $10.95 and is available in newsagents throughout Australia and selected fishing tackle stores in Tasmania.
The purpose of the magazine is to attract increased participation in fishing in Tasmania for the future sustainability of the fishery. Fisheries management is funded primarily through angling license sales, so the more people that buy licenses and fishing gear, the better it is for all. We encourage you to seek out a copy of Fishing Tasmania Annual and show your support by displaying the free sticker on your car or boat.


The Devonport Fly Fishing Club (Inc) will be holding their annual fly-fishing school at Bronte Lagoon in the Central Highlands from the 8th to the 13th January 2012.
This long running school has helped in excess of 1000 students over the years and is a great opportunity for beginners, or those with some experience, to learn and improve their fly-fishing.

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