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Attracting fish could be at the cat's expense

Berley can make the difference between a good catch and no catch, it may be at the expense of the cat though. Steven Bax explains how.

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Soft plastic lures - great value and great fish catchers

by Andrew Hart

For many years soft, plastic lures have been available to the fishing public. These lures have never had any real variety or shape and the only fish they have had any success on in Tasmania is the ubiquitous Flathead.

First aid - be prepared

by Danny Simms

Lifejackets, flares, radios; fairly common equipment on board your modern and not so modern fishing craft. All very worthy and necessary safety equipment to assist in emergency situations. What about the humble first aid kit? Too often forgotten or at best, sadly neglected.

Choose the right rod for better results

by Steven Bax

People are not getting the most out of their fishing, because the rods that they are using are too old and lacking the technology that can be had in today's rods.

Tackle tips for winter

by Ron McBain

With the trout season over, most anglers pack their gear up, leave it in the corner and look forward to the next season - in august. It is during this time (now) that it is essential to check your gear.

Keep it small and keep it simple

Getting started with Andrew Hart

When my Natural Science teacher asked me for six sizable fish for an upcoming lesson, I replied very confidently, "No worries!" Thinking that this would be an easy task, I headed down to the Tamar to my favourite Mullet spot, where previously I'd had plenty of success.

A devil of a good lure

by Joe Thureau

For almost thirty years, one of the most successful lures to ever grace the tackle boxes of Tasmanian trout fishers has been the Tasmanian Devil. First envisaged and manufactured by Wigstons of New Norfolk, this lure, which started from humble beginnings, has now spread its fame to overseas countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

Care and choice of line can be the key to success

Line is normally treated with contempt when it tangles breaks or fails, the fine is often blamed. Here are a few tips to improve your "˜luck'.

Larger flathead beat their smaller relatives to lures

An age old problem with flathead has been, when the small fish intercept the bait before their larger relatives have a chance to get to it
Michael Bok explains how lures catch the big ones

Catch more fish with a Downrigger system

Nick  Haralambakis, manufacturer of Magnum Down riggers explains how a down rigger can vastly improve your catch rate as well as your fishing enjoyment.

The Plastic Fantastic

Messing around in boats is almost as good as fishing. Dwayne Rigby reviews one of his favourite ways of messing and fishing around.

Best Baits - Prawns and Shrimps

Part two in a series, by Phil Ellerton, on the best baits to use in Tasmanian waters.

Tassie's favourite Lures revealed

Phil Elerton recently surveyed anglers in the south of the state to find out what the most popular lures are. Phil works at The Fishing Connection in Hobart and had the chance to ask many anglers. He has included just a few of these on the end of this article. In the next issue we might try and do some for the north.

Understanding echo sounders and fish finders

Anglers often spend quite a lot of money on their fish finder echo sounder, but fail to understand the correct way to use it. This is part one of a series that will help you understand the way sonar works and how to better utilise it.

Hart's Hints

by Andrew Hart

The warm weather has gone again, and with it, so has much of the better fishing. For many, winter is a time to unwind, service their tackle, and sit by the fire remembering, and dreaming, of warm summer evenings and big fish.

Tuning bibbed lures

by Dwayne Rigby

It has already been an especially productive morning. A combination of high tide, clear water and no wind rendered the early morning light ideal for a spot of bream polaroiding and we'd already caught and released 8 nice fish to 1.5kg.

Hooks - Part one

by Andrew Hart

When you think about it, a hook is one of the cheapest and most important parts of fishing. If you don't have a hook, then chances are you won't catch too many fish!

Looking at lures

by Michael Bok

Soft plastic lures are some of the cheapest lures that can be brought and are every bit as good as any other more expensive variety of lure.

Best Baits - Mussels

Part one in a series, by Phil Ellerton, on the best baits to use in Tasmanian waters.

Harts Hints -  Maintaining your fishing tackle

by Andrew Hart

You have spent money on the best gear you can afford, and you expect it to perform each and every time you use it. However, after a while the salt, and the sand start to eat away at your very expensive reel, or brand name knife, and before you know it, your gear is old and useless.There are ways to maintain your tackle, and with just a bit of extra effort, your gear can last many years.

Ultra-light plug casting - rewards for patience

by Dwayne Rigby

Of late there seems to be an increase in interest in the use of bait caster reels in Tasmania. Whilst these reels, also called plug caster, feature prominently in mainland fishing articles it appears that, until recently, they weren't very popular with Tasmanian anglers.

Mudeyes - Naturally better baits

by Kevin Mulligan

Bait fishing with live bait is one of the best ways to catch fish - after all, it's natural. Recently Kevin Mulligan applied to the Inland Fisheries Commission for a licence to sell live mudeyes. After Kevin satisfied stringent criteria by the Inland Fisheries Commission he received a licence. One of the most important criteria was that the Mudeyes he uses and the areas he catches them in pose no threat to our trout fishery.

Hart's Hints - Improving your catch rate

by Andrew Hart

How often do we go fishing and catch nothing? I think that the answer may be too often for some of us.

Listed below are a few techniques and innovations that can improve your catch rate.

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