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The ART of bait fishing

Thomas Crawford
In Tasmania Art is not commonly used when referring to bait fishing, but this form of fishing really is an artform. Recently I was lucky enough to spend some time in the England in a district called Worchester. Here I was privileged to fish with one of England's leading tournament fisherman, Graham Clarke. I was to learn about and appreciate a style of fishing that has unfortunately been seemingly forgotten in this state. Bait fishing is the way many of "us" start out on our fishing journey, so it was exciting to revisit this style.

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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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