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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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Anglers Access - North Esk River at "Ballroom'

by Sarah Graham IFS

Ron Dennis, owner of the "Ballroom" property on the North Esk River has been conducting his own war on the willows and gorse that infest much of this beautiful river. As a result he has successfully cleared approx 3 km of river bank.

Ron Dennis, owner of the "Ballroom" property on the North Esk River has been conducting his own war on the willows and gorse that infest much of this beautiful river.

As a result he has successfully cleared approx 3 km of river bank.

Such is Ron's generous nature that now the river resembles its natural state he wants to share it with other like minded anglers who will appreciate and enjoy his efforts.

Ron was aware of the Anglers Access project on the Macquarie River and through a mutual contact the IFS agreed to install similar stiles and signage as a demonstration site on the North Esk.

The IFS hopes that this will encourage other landowners to become involved in proactive riparian management and promoting anglers access to more of our fabulous river fisheries.

The "Ballroom" is located approx 15 km East of White Hills on the C401.

Ron asks that anglers respect his privacy and observe the No Access signs in the immediate vicinity of the farmhouse.

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