We had a good day on 25th January out of my hometown, Bridport, with a few mates. Whilst bottom bouncing for the usual flatfish, we had a thumping great school of medium sized salmon erupt all around the boat for a good 3 hours. The fish looked pretty flighty and with good reason, as one the photos will show, as the local mako and couta population went to town on the them. Quite a sight to see, not to mention the absolute noise of thousands of salmon thrashing for their lives on the surface.
Other than the salmon, everything else was a bit quiet, plenty of flatties but all quite small.
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Caught off Beauty Point wharf today at 5pm on a full tide by Adrian from Launceston
It was 610mm long and weighed 2.75kg. The bait used was Barracutta.
Cheers, Nick Jones
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The plan was to fish off Low Head this morning for Gummies as the forecast looked pretty good.Left Kelso at 6am to be greeted by a pretty ordinary slop at the heads so decided to give it a miss.Headed back up the river to try for a Snapper instead;found plenty of birds around the Clarence Point area so threw a plastic around for 10 minutes and landed 5 Salmon around the 25cm mark.Off to look for a Snapper with fresh bait next.Anchored up in a spot around 14 metres deep and wasn't long before the first Gurnard was on board.
Well, I am quick to post success up in my reports, ....but you don't often hear so much of the failures (of which there are a few don't worry!) Given the calm weather this weekend, we decided to get our boat, aptly named "The Olympic torch" (because it never goes out),.. out of the shed. Our hope was to get the kids onto a few flathead.
I took Bailey and his mate Jack Seabourne for a late arvo fish down at Garden Island on the Tamar River. We wanted some salmon for the smoker. There were plenty of salmon about busting up on the bait fish schools. The boys had a ball catching around 40 I reckon. We kept a couple dozen for the smoker, that's plenty. They caught fish on Dales salt & pepper softies and Bailey caught a few on small surface poppers.
Jim McKenna, myself and two of our children (Stacey and Jacob) went down to West Arm on the Tamar last night (12th) to see if we could get onto a couple of flounder. Water is still very murky and we managed only two. The going was pretty hard, and that's all we did over the long weekend "fishing wise".
regards, Todd Lambert.
By Dale Howard
With Winter well and truly upon us, many fishers seem
happy to put the trout gear away for a while and move
onto other things to occupy themselves. For Dale
Howard and his son Trevor it’s time for a few visits along
the shores of the Tamar River......Flounder time!
This article comes about from the urging of the editor (Mike
Stevens) after seeing some pictures of a recent trip with my
son and a few mates.
Went out again last night as conditions were perfect and we knew it would be a while before we struck the tides and everything "just right" like it is at the moment. We also had to factor in that I had couple of children wanting to go urgently after the previous night with Dale where we scored a few and they were left at home.
Wow what a winter. So much rain but we really needed it. I have never seen the rivers running like they are now. The Tamar is just starting to clear up now. October and November are my favourite times of the year. Everything starts to move as the water temperature in the Tamar starts to rise. It normally rises about a degree every 2 weeks at this time of the year.
In this article I am going to recommend six hotspots around the Tamar that a worth fishing this time of year.
Now the weather is starting fine up there is ample opportunity to get out on the water and find some fish. If you just want to get out and have some fun on light line and maybe take home a fish or two then this article is for you.
Southern calamari and cuttlefish are one of my favourite species. They are both fantastic to eat and make great bait. Although calamari are related to the arrow squid I am sure that calamari are far smarter! They can be a real challenge. They go off and on the bite at the flick of a switch. In my opinion they are far superior on the table as well.
Autumn is a great time to chase snapper anywhere in Australia. As the water temperature starts dropping the bigger fish come on the chew.
The Tamar estuary is my home ground and is the most challenging area to catch big red I know. To catch big snapper on reasonably regular basis is very hard work. Preparation, bait collection, timing and the time on the water are all key aspects to make a successful angler. The thing that makes the Tamar so hard to catch big snapper is the low numbers of fish and the size of the estuary. Sometimes it feels like you are trying to find a needle in a haystack. But the reason that I keep fishing it is there are some very sizable fish lurking in its discolored waters. Some of the fish that I catch are well over the old-fashioned 20lb mark. I do believe that snapper up to 30lbs plus exist in the system at time to time.
There is some excellent fishing to be had in the Tamar during autumn. Many species can be targeted which include Australian Salmon, Snotty Trevally and Elephant Fish. These three species can be targeted during the daytime and also can be caught off most of the land based pontoons and jetties situated along the Tamar Estuary.
As I mentioned in my last article about snotty trevally in the Tamar Estuary, the river has lots of surprises - and this season, we have seen an awesome run of tailor and blue warehoe, or snotty trevally. However, these runs are not usually consistent and may not reoccur every season.
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