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The ART of bait fishing

Thomas Crawford
In Tasmania Art is not commonly used when referring to bait fishing, but this form of fishing really is an artform. Recently I was lucky enough to spend some time in the England in a district called Worchester. Here I was privileged to fish with one of England's leading tournament fisherman, Graham Clarke. I was to learn about and appreciate a style of fishing that has unfortunately been seemingly forgotten in this state. Bait fishing is the way many of "us" start out on our fishing journey, so it was exciting to revisit this style.

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Another successful Trout Weekend

by Tim Farell Inland Fisheries Service

What a success, 4 000 people, car park full and 150 cars in the overflow car park. As a consequence of the huge attendance the local police officer spent three hours on the Lake Highway directing traffic on the Saturday and one and a half hours on Sunday. The weather was cold and misty but most the people had come prepared dressed in warm clothing, although a few people were spotted wearing t-shirts. Exhibitors included MAST, Hydro Tasmania, Quarantine Tasmania, the Cancer Council, tackle stores, outdoor equipment stores, Cressy Trout Expo, Anglers Alliance Tasmania and the Fox Task Force. The Bothwell District School had over 60 paintings on display produced by the local children. There were demonstrations of fly tying and fly-casting that proved popular as well.

Angling Clubs were there with food stalls and a long list of other supporters helped make this years" Inland Fisheries Service Trout Weekend a huge success. The children's fishing lagoon run by Fishcare volunteers, the wild brown trout stripping and the busses to the bottom fish trap were extremely popular. Most kids took home a fat rainbow trout and many adults witnessed the business end of the IFS at the fish trap. Unfortunately the helicopter which normally operates during the Trout Weekend was unable to attend due to low cloud. In summing up it was an extremely successful weekend and the IFS thanks all involved.

Viv Spencer, Head Inspector
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