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Presented from Issue 103, April 2013

The fish

Tasmania’s coastal waters are fast gaining a reputation of having some of the best variety and quality of fishing in the southern half of Australia. Every season for the last decade or so we seem to be experiencing new and unusual species migrating into our waters and revised management strategies are ensuring that fisheries are protected for future generations. There is one particular species though that has stood the test of time and has the potential to really put us on the map and that is Latris lineata or the striped trumpeter.

Quite often classed by Tasmanians as “one of the best eating fish in the sea”, the striped trumpeter, or sometimes known as the Tasmanian trumpeter, are mainly caught off the coast of Tasmania, but can be caught in South Australia and Victoria and are also found in New Zealand and South American waters. They are reported to grow up to 1.2m in length and about 25kg in weight and live for up to 30 years.

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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 -

Tyenna River 23/9/2012

Another day at the Tyenna had me land this 10.5lb solid buck brown..
Just a short stroll from the main Derwent River itself, a quiet little spot had me hooked straight away as I stood looking through the thick scrub at two very nice fish from what I could make out two very nice size females est 5-8lb.

As that proved to hard to even throw a line a frustrated walk along a bit further I found a spot still a bit overgrown but fishable, and it wasn't long before i was casting at yet another nice female fish. Around five or six casts at the fish in which the fish was not even the slightest bit interested, was when I just brought the lure back past the fish again and out of nowhere bang I was on but not the fish i was casting at but a solid buck brown. It wasnt a long battle but it wasn't the easiest as the fish wasn't giving up dertermend to get out into the faster flowing current of the river a few slight grabs of the reel to try and hold the fish just proved enough to turn the fish and for a clean net. A  quick weigh of the fish (10.5lb) and a handfull of photos had this buck well on his way. Well to the taxidermist anyhow.
Cheers, Daniel.

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