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Bicheno is home to many commercial rock lobster fishers and quite a few recreational fishers also try their hand as well. Rock lobster can be taken in pots, rings or by gloved hand by divers. All methods must be licensed. Another expensive shellfish, abalone are also eagerly sought. It is a delicacy that can be taken by divers. A licence is required.

Due to Bicheno's open exposure to the Tasman Sea many recreational anglers are either rock or beach fishers. A vessel capable of coping with large, unpredictable seas is needed here. Some beach fishing occurs north of Bicheno and also south towards Coles Bay at Friendly Beaches. Australian salmon, flathead and shark are targeted in the surf, while striped trumpeter, barracouta, morwong, leatherjacket and cod are taken offshore.

Rocky shores abound around Bicheno and many areas are suitable as fishing platforms. A silver sliced lure is the most common hardware and bait fishing techniques here are less common.

There is a marine reserve around Governors Island, opposite The Gulch, which provides an excellent opportunity for diving.

The wharf at the Gulch is a popular place to visit in the evenings for salmon, mackerel and trevally to name just a few. It is also a great spot for kids.

North of Bicheno are a few accessible beaches that are worth a try if you can find some gutters. In particular the beach from the turn-off at Four Mile Beach all the way around to the bluff at the southern end of the beach can be good, but look for gutters for the best results.

Best time to fish; All year

Getting there; 3 hours from Hobart, 2 hours + from Launceston.

Major angling species; Rock lobster, flathead, couta and striped trumpeter, albacore, southern bluefin tuna, marlin, Australian Salmon, bream.

Other attractions; Swimming, surfing, sight seeing, diving.

Scamander River is one of Tasmania's great bream locations. Fish are not as big as in some of the other estuaries, but they are plentiful. It fishes well all year, but the best time is from November to March. Usual methods such as bait fishing and lure fishing are the way to go. Pretty fish and shrimps are some of the best baits, but it pays to have a variety. Locals comment that the fishing now is as good or better than fifty years ago. Bait is available from the shops in Scamander.

You can also expect to catch a few nice salmon, silver trevally and mullet. There are also luderick around the bridge pylons at the mouth of the river. Very few people fish for these, but they are there in good numbers for the angler with the skill and perserverance.

You can drive for quite a way up the river by heading to Upper Scamander. The meandering upper reaches are home to bream as well as trout.

Fishing is quite easy along the easily accessed banks, but a boat can open up a few more opportunities. There is also a Professional guide operating bream and inshore tours from St Helens.

The beaches around Scamander provide some first class fishing. Big Australian salmon, large flathead and sharks are the main targets. Possibly the best beach around this area is Beaumaris Beach. The northern end is the most productive, and often only a short cast is needed to put your bait into the deep water where salmon up to three kilos are caught.

Pulfers reef, directly off Scamander is highly renowned as a good striped trumpeter location as well as big flathead and morwong. In the summer months, yellowfin tuna, albacore and striped marlin come close to shore. There is no good quality, sea access, boat ramp around Scamander so it is best to drive up to St Helens and launch from there.

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 -

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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:

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