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From garden worm to Woolly Worm Presented from Issue 93 by Peter Broomhall

The little pistol grip fishing rod complete with its Abumatic closed face spinning reel rests neatly in the crook of a forked stick that has been pushed into muddy ground slowly being inundated by the rising river waters. Soon the rod tip gives a slight bounce, a pause and then a more urgent bounce was noticed. The loop of line near the reel is pulled out from under the stick and soon line is peeling out through the guides. This action on the rod and line quickly brings the teenage angler to attention. He knows that another fat Mersey River brown trout has succumbed to his earthworm bait that had been cast into the flooded river backwater only minutes earlier. Given plenty of time to completely swallow the worm the trout is then hooked, quickly played and then unceremoniously dragged from the water. This trout is quickly despatched and then added to the string of others hanging from a nearby willow tree branch.

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Whitebait News

I have looked into your whitebait status query. Here are a few points;
  • The last whitebait survey was conducted following the 2008 whitebait season.
  • Of the 899 licence holders for the season, there were only 130 respondents to the survey.
  • Given the low response rate the survey was inconclusive in estimating any particular trends in the fishery.
  • The number of whitebait fishers has remained fairly low averaging around 750 fishers per year this may approach 1000 if the season is favourable or drop to around 500 if the season is poor (usually due to spring floods).
  • Given the low participation rate and the regulatory measures of 1kg per day and 10kg per season for each angler in combination with the rotational opening of smaller rivers, the level of fishing is fairly steady and should be sustainable. The fish stocks are further protected by the limited number of rivers open to fishing (12 or 14) each year.
  • The IFS has kept a priority on targeting whitebait poaching to further protect stocks, in 2010 a number of joint raids with Tasmania Police focusing on premises were successful leading to charges being laid against known offenders.
John Diggle, Inland Fisheries Director
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