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Presented from Issue 101
For as long as people have been coming to the East Coast of Tasmania, surf fishing its beaches has been one of the most popular pastimes. Whilst not always the most productive form of fishing it certainly is one of the most relaxing. Its something that the whole family can be involved in and I have to say its quite something to see a group of families on the beach, dads with a couple of surf rods out, wives sunbaking on the white sand in the sun and the kids either playing happily, building sandcastles or trying their hand at a bit of light surf fishing.

The chance to have a holiday on the beach, put a smile on the children’s face and wet a line at the same just can’t be overrated. Add to that the chance of putting a fresh feed of fish on the dinner table and you have wonder whether heaven could be better than this

All that is need is a basic range of gear, some comfy camp chairs , an esky full of ice, drinks and food — and of course a separate esky for the bait, sunscreen, hat and sunnies and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Many of the East Coasts beaches offer very easy access and often some great free camping facilities right on the beach as well as some light rock fishing in some areas.

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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 - tasfish.com

Better weather forecasting

I had the great opportunity to listen to a talk by a weather forecaster last week. My mate in Melbourne calls them weather guessers, and of course the forecasters always cop a serve when weather isn't as predicted. But as explained though Tasmania is one of the harder places to predict. Hill, mountains, inlets and geographical forms can turn a predicted prevailing northerly breeze on top of a hill into a variable or light southerly at the base.

All weather forecasters use computer models and software to help and fine tune predictions. However there are quite a few different models and these will usually come up with a different prediction for the same inputs. The models include The Operational Consensus Forecast (OCF), Water and the Land (WATL) forecast and the Global Forecast System (GFS).

For years I have only looked at the Bureau of Meterology website www.bom.gov.au, but there are others that I now also do a comparison with. My most recent favourites are www.weatherzone.com.au and www.ozforecast.com.au

I love the historical and extremes of weather and the easy navigation of weatherzone, but ozforecast has become my favourite. Just put in the town you want and away you go. On one page you can see a radar image that shows rainfall and wind, plus a forecast and the predictions for the three different weather prediction models OCF, WATL and GFS. If you look at all these together and they tell you similar things is does give you the best options yet of getting the weather as promised. An easy way to find these are go to www.tasfish.com and clip the top link to tides, weather etc.
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