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Early trout fishing prospects

Greg French takes a look at where and when you can find a trout or two.

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Unlocking the secrets of soft plastics

Part 1: The Basics
Soft plastic of rubber lures are taking the country by storm, but many anglers are still not getting the best from these lures. In this ground-breaking of how-to feature, soft plastics" whiz, Steve Starling, reveals the secrets of success, with a special emphasis on Victorian waters.

Southern Bluefin Lures

As many of Tasmania's saltwater game anglers await the annual southern bluefin tuna "run', lure choice is  usually the prime topic for discussion. With the past two years being particularly good, anglers are waiting in anticipation for the next few weeks  - will Tasmania be blessed with a "hat trick" of productive tuna seasons?

Propellors getting it right

Propellors can make the difference a great boat with a good performance and economy and a dog of a boat. Rick Huckstepp explains how you can get the best from your boat.
The "in" word in the new boat sales industry has for the past five years, been, "packages'.
A package allows one to walk into a showroom or yard and purchase a complete unit, hitch it onto the vehicle and go fishing. Sounds easy, doesn't it?

Rocky's Six Best Game Fishing Lures

Mike Stevens interviewed Rocky Carosi on his 35" charter boat Saltshaker. These are his six top lures and ones he recommends to Tasmanian gamefishers. Rocky runs professional charters out of St Helens and for bookings can be contacted on 63 763 083.

Downrigger fishing

Downrigger fishing is a method almost exclusively associated with trolling at depth. In depths of water from 1 - 200 metres a separate braided stainless steel wire line and weight take your bait or lure to your desired depth. When a fish hits your bait, your line is released and you fight the fish on your rod and reel, with no heavy line or weight to battle. Downrigging while trolling is without doubt the most accurate way of presenting a lure or bait at depth, but there is no reason why this technique can't be employed for other fishing methods.

Sabiki Rigs

When I am not fishing for big snapper, most of the time I am fishing for trevally, mullet, tailor and salmon.  

One of the best ways of catching these species is to use a Sabiki rig. A Sabiki rig is a basic paternoster rig with a team of attractor flies and sometimes a sliding lumo bead.
It is a truly deadly way to catch small to medium sized fish. 


The term donger as we all know is the Australian word used to describe a "priest" the angling implement that is used to administer the last rites to our quarry; hence its name.
Now like priests, dongers come in all shapes and sizes, and one Irish angler was wont to call his extra large donger his shillelagh; and indeed it was no surprise to his mates that he could and often did; tuck his donger under his arm. And like the famous song often had a twinkle in his eye.

A Brief Look at Overhead Reels.

For many people looking at getting into game fishing for the first time, the myriad of options available when it comes to tackle can be almost overwhelming.
An in depth look at every overhead reel available on the market today would take up the whole magazine and probably bore you to death. The following is intended purely as a rough guide only for those interested in investing in their first overhead style reel.

Lures - Size and Colour Does it Matter

Ask most keen anglers this question and the answer would be yes.  Lure trolling is just one form of saltwater gamefishing on Tasmania's east coast and by far the most popular choice.  
The reason for lure trolling being so popular, is that it has been proven to be successful for catching all the tuna species, striped marlin and the occasional mako shark.

The lure of wind lanes

by Neil Grose

In the final throes of the season there is still a wide variety of excellent fishing available. The rivers fish well at this time of year, trout in lakes still remember to look up with regularity, and the wet fly is increasingly more reliable. But after a big season of all that, I feel the need for something more memorable, a fishing experience to dull the sharp fingers of winter, the rainbow at the end of the pot of gold.

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