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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.

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112 art hannahand an art worth your learning.."

Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.

A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.

As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.

112 art trout“Melbourne was realistically only ‘fun’ for the first two years because it had better shops than Burnie. The remaining three were spent trying to find the right excuse to move back without feeling like a failure! Then one day I realised ‘wow, I’m REALLY home sick’; so 4 years ago, the bags were packed, the Spirit of Tasmania was booked and back I came! I really missed Tassies beautiful scenery, fresh air, clean water and nice people.” Hannah picked up a paintbrush only a handful of times while living the city life.

On her return, she worked a ‘mind numbing’ advertising role for a local news paper. “One day I was banging my head on my desk so hard in utter boredom when a positions vacant ad come through for the job I am now in. It read “Are you Outdoors? Do you enjoy fishing? do you love people?” YES! YES! YES! I answered! So I applied, Charmed the pants off the interviewers, and a month later I had the job in the local Outdoor and Tackle Store! It was like a dream come true!”

Working for Rodney Howard at Tackleworld and Outdoors in Burnie really opened Hannah up to the world of fishing and the outdoors. It was through the shop that she met her now partner, Jamie Harris, one of Tasmania’s most prominent and respected fishermen. “Meeting Jamie has probably been one of the greatest things to happen to me. He has such a broad knowledge of all styles of fishing, and has shown me so many stretches of water, and so many beautiful parts of this state that make me feel so lucky to call this place home.”

Some would say Hannah has had an unfair advantage getting to fish with Jamie on such a regular basis. “I love trout fishing. It takes you to some of the most magical and beautiful places Tasmania has to offer. The exciting thing when trout fishing is that every single one you catch looks different. Different colours, different markings, different shapes. etc etc.” “One day, Jamie said ‘You should paint some fish?!” Pretty basic, but it was from that day, and that little bit of motivation that really started Hannah’s now recognised style.

Ranging in sizes as small as a box of chocolates, to as big as a table top, Hannah’s paintings are all on home stretched canvas’ using acrylics paints. “My favourite painting of all is a 12 and a half lb sea runner Jamie caught on a memorable trip to the Pieman together in 2012. The fish was so healthy, it had such gorgeous colours and was a real tank! It was a relatively easy picture to paint from; until I got to Jamie’s head- that was a bit of a challenge! But it must be OK, as its still in prime position on the lounge room wall. Haha!”

Over the last three years, Hannah’s style has grown from painting just trout, through to big tuna and many species in-between. Most of her pieces are commissioned and in 2013, Hannah was approached by a member from one of Tasmania’s Game Fishing clubs to paint a piece that was to be presented on their annual dinner night to commemorate a record breaking Albacore Tuna.

“I’ve done some pretty special commissioned paintings, but I was proud as punch and a little honoured to be asked to recreate this special moment. The Albacore Tuna for Clinton Howe was certainly one of my favourite, and most challenging pieces I’ve done, to date. As far as I’m aware the recipient was pretty chuffed, and has it hanging in his pool room!”

Other commissioned pieces range from trophy west coast sea runners, to memorials of people past, and also simple, colour and pattern capturing abstracts. When asked what it was she enjoyed about painting these scaly friends so much, she responded by sharing her love for vivid colour and pattern.

112 art bream“Every single species has its own unique differences. I love recreating the earthy and technical tones and colours of trout, I love the scales and deep colours of estuary perch and bass, and the super sleek, streamline deep blues and silvery greys in tuna. The most enjoyable part is putting those finishing touches on the fish to really bring them to life; like the big hook jaw on those West coast bucks, the ‘wet look’ shine on big tuna, the golden bellies on highland trout. It’s rewarding standing back from a canvas and saying ‘Yep, this one’s done’, and it’s extremely rewarding seeing tears of joy from people’s eyes when they’re happy with what I’ve created for them.

It’s heart-warming and that’s what keeps me painting.” Amongst ups, there are also a few downs. Hannah explains how not every fish and photo is workable. “I’ve attempted a few jobs that’ve ended up with an angry fist through the canvas’, or a generous splattering of black ‘Mr. Squiggle style’ paint through a half done canvas, and some that after countless pointless swear words, just end up thrown in the corner of the studio for months and months.”

“It makes me happy to be able to mingle with fishermen through my job on a daily basis, and I enjoy spending a cold winters night in front of a canvas with a few glasses of rum, recreating a recent catch or someone else’s trophy… Each completed painting I feel i get a little bit better, and I hope to grow further as both an artist, and a fisherman in the years to come...”

You will find a tight collection of Hannah’s paintings currently on show and for sale at Gallery on Wilson, upstairs Watts Camera Centre on Wilson St in Burnie. Should you wish to contact Hannah paint for you, she can be contacted at Tackleworld and Outdoors Burnie, or alternately check out her Facebook and Instagram pages under Hannah Ledger Art.

Hannah Ledger

Hannah - the Angler and Artist. 

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