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Fishing on the Wild Side

Fishing on the Wild Side

Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania. 
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.

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North West Bay River 31st August 2011

Just thought I'd send you a story from the North West Bay River as my guess is you haven't had one before. A few of us fish the river on a regular basis as it is only minutes from where we live and work.
It is unusual not to catch a fish but the size is generally less than 1lb. In saying that we have landed quite a few fish round the 2 - 3lb mark ( mostly searunners ) and the odd Atlantic Salmon.

We find the best times to fish the river are when it is on the up before flood or as it decreases after flood. There is a deep hole just below the main rd bridge that seems to always hold fish and you quite often see the bigger fish in this pool.
Up river runs through private land which we are lucky enough to have access to. There are sections of the river that we sometimes go to to get a quick fix when we haven't been able to get amongst it for a while as we know that we will land a fish or two from these spots.
We find the good old green and gold celta or a t-tail works well up river. Below the main road bridge either a rapala in the deep hole or even a pink and silver tassie devil around the mouth of the river can see a reward for what can be a fair bit of effort at times.
Any way I guess the moral of the story is some of the places we drive past every day could hold a few suprises if you give it a go.

Cheers - Jason Crane (photos of Daniel Holmes)

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