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Stripey Trumpeter Tips

Rocky Carosi gives his tips on catching stripy trumpeter.

Renowned by many as Tasmania's finest eating fish, Tasmanian trumpeter is a fish eagerly sought by anglers all around Tasmania. In the main these are mainly fished for off the east coast and with a little knowledge and perseverance it is possible to target these and end the day with some superb table fish. Whilst they can be caught occasionally, from the shore around the Tasman Peninsula a boat in generally required. They are also available on the west coast, but most know the fishing is very weather dependant here.

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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 - tasfish.com

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 DONGER

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.

Casting Tips

Loading the rod is of vital importance to good fly casting. Good casters simply load, or bend, the rod more than poor casters. This loading causes the catapulting effect that propels the line forward and makes the whole thing look effortless and smooth.

Bluefin Lures

The best lures and tips from the experts. Andrew Large interviews several well known bluefin anglers.

Tasmania has eight world records for this fabulous game fish and during April-May it is keenly sought. In this story anglers reveal their top lures and techniques for targeting these fish.

Check your line and improve results

Anglers treat one of the most important parts of their fishing tackle with contempt. The one part that often means the difference between landing a fish and losing it is the line. Granted, the hook and knot are important but more often the line is what parts, not the other two.

Smoking Fish - a great way to bring out the flavour

Smoking trout, salmon, or any kind of fish has long been recognized as a gourmet delight. It is neither difficult or costly to achieve using a portable smoker. There are several on the market that come complete with all accessories, sawdust and instructions.

Kids Stuff - Sinkers

Michael Bok takes a look at sinkers

What are sinkers and what do they do?

When I first started fishing and received nothing but a small amount of pocket money each week, I used to scrounge through Dad's shed and grab any large nuts he had and use these as sinkers. Old spark plugs were also good sinkers.

Colour - Does it really matter?

by Greg French

Perhaps the question most commonly asked by anglers is, "What lure should I use?" Fortunately there is some logic involved here and, with time, choosing a lure becomes less of a riddle. You learn that a diver is totally impractical in a shallow stream. On the other hand, you accept that wobblers only function when used at a speed which keeps them close to the surface - of little use when you are targeting fish down deep.

Kids Stuff - Hooks

Michael Bok looks at hooks

Hooks are one of the most important items in your fishing tackle box. These are the items that actually catch your fish. Fish hooks have been around for 20,000 years, the first ones being made from wood or bone and many were not even hooks at all.

Harts Hints - Handling the Catch

by Andrew Hart

You've don't it! You've landed what you were after and a good size fish it is too! Finally, you can take home something for the table. You can't wait to show off your catch and then enjoy a tasty and nutritious meal. You've done the hard work! Or have you?

Pump your own bait

Michael Bok tells where, how and why.

At times gathering bait is almost as much fun as fishing itself and the rewards from catching better fish on fresh caught bait are great. A bait pump is a great help if you fish out coastal or estuary environments. What is a bait pump?

Boating techniques - improving your catch rate

Trout guide, Peter Hayes explains some of the techniques he uses that will help improve your catch rate.

As I stand at the door of my Great Lake shack the eleventh day of February is just four hours old. The morning is black and remarkably quiet. Around me the trees seem hypnotised by the stillness in the air. This is a rare and beautiful moment in the highlands of Tasmania and you need to rise early to witness it.

Kids Stuff - building a handline

by Michael Bok

Hey kids do you want to try out fishing? You don't need a rod or reel because we'll build a handline and then have a go off the nearest jetty, pier or out of a boat.

You will need the following items:

Best Baits - Pretty fish

by Philip Ellerton

At this time of year, most budding trout anglers are right back into the swing of things. That is not only the freshwater anglers but also the saltwater enthusiasts. That is why this issue I have decided to discuss pretty fish, pretty fish being a commonly and very effectively used bait catching a variety of species from sea-run trout to salmon, bream and flathead.

Rick Huckstepp looks at one of Australia's most versatile lures

Versatility is an attribute not often found in singular lures available to the Australian angler. Sure, there are some that swim fast and slow, with ease. Some have adjustable bibs that allow them to dive deep or shallow as required.

Looking at Lures - Trolling for Squid

Michael Bok is always looking at "new ways to skin a cat'.

Trolling lures for squid is a technique that  Michael has spent quite a lot of time trying. Contrary to what most people think you can catch squid by trolling a lure, rather than just jigging for them. It requires a little bit of homework and research to produce results, but it is worth the effort.

Getting started

Rodney Woodward explains the easy way to get started on the fishing journey.

With the weather on the improve, and school holidays on us, many people decide to take up the sport of fishing. Retirees, children or friends are all opportune targets for you to hook on this wonderful sport. Getting started is tough though, with a huge number of choices to make before you start actually fishing. Just choosing a rod and reel is difficult.

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