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Fishing on the Wild Side

Fishing on the Wild Side

Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania. 
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.

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The Joys of Boating

The following story is true. Phil from Blessington has given permission to use this story - of several parts, as long as his true name is not revealed. It has previously appeared in the journal of the Victorian Fly Fishers Association.

Mega Multi Tool Review

Back in the old days everybody's Grandpa had a favourite pocketknife. Times change however and the pocketknife has been replaced by the multi-tool, a hybrid of the Swiss Army knife and the humble plier! Here is the latest and greatest in multi-tools for those thinking of a Christmas present, or just another toy.

Unlocking the secrets of soft plastics

Part 2: Tips and Hints

Last issue, Steve Starling reveled some of the secrets of success when using the newest generation of soft plastic or rubber lures that are taking the country by storm. This time, Steve presents some very useful tips on selecting and using these deadly lures in our local waters.

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 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.

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