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Ten top holiday sites for summer fishing

Andrew Richardson

It could be any suburban home, on any given day of any summer holiday. Your peaceful serenity is disturbed when you are woken up at six a.m. by your daughter screaming at you that her brother has just pulled the head of her Barbie doll, again. You roll over and put your own head under your pillow but your wife shakes you violently and tells you to get outside and mow the lawns. The dog howls, the cat screeches and you cry "ENOUGH! I'm going fishing'

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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

Please check all relevant authorities before fishing.
htttp://www.ifs.tas.gov.au and http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/recreational-fishing
Don't forget http://issuu.com/stevenspublishing for years of back issues !

Presented from Issue 94

After a short drive from home I pulled into the parking area I frequently use adjacent to a bridge spanning the Mersey River, my old friend. The first priority, as always, was to walk onto the bridge to have a look at the river conditions. This revealed that things were looking good with the late afternoon sun revealing a mixture of mayfly spinners and white caddis in the air above the rippling river in the soft October light. The mayfly spinners were especially noticeable with the sun glinting through their iridescent wings as they danced en-masse. Swallows, fantails and wrens were also on the wing taking advantage of the easy meal on offer. A splash or two in the river below indicated that another predator had noticed the insects as well!

Presented from Issue 94
Lake Plimsoll is a “brook trout only fishery” located near the heart of our rugged West Coast. It is also water that many of Tasmania’s angling fraternity would have heard about, but seemingly only a small minority have ever taken up the challenge to explore at any great length.

Is it a wasted effort or is it just a very well kept secret by those in the know? Todd Lambert, along with two of his mates, Dale Howard and son Trevor, spent some time there recently and in this article, he attempts to shed some light on this fantastic fishery that seemingly “ flies under the radar” to so many of us.

Refer to the Fishing Code for current regulations

This is published by The Examiner and The Advocate this afternoon.

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4311621/geelong-star-out-of-australia/

And now at the ABC

Controversial fishing trawler Geelong Star has left Australian waters, and will not be returning, the ship's owner says.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-23/trawler-geelong-star-leaves-australia/8051234

BF5 LifestyleAfter the upgrade of the world famous BF2.3, Honda Marine continues to strengthen its line up of portable engines with the exciting launch of three new portable outboards; the BF4 (4hp), BF5 (5hp) and BF6 (6hp). These little beauties are packed with the very latest in Honda's technologies. The BF4, BF5 & BF6 range has been developed specifically to fill a boating niche, the best thing about this range is that they are incredibly portable, easy to start, and more comfortable to operate and will now go for longer!

The BF4, BF5 & BF6 are now lighter than ever (starting from a low 27kg) their lightweight nature and new carrying handle design enables the user to easily transport and store away the engines. The tiller handle can be fully folded to make the unit even more compact making storage even more convenient.

Furneaux Zone (Banks Strait north of a line 40° 39’ 18” S)

Monitoring of PST levels in rock lobsters taken from Flinders Island have returned results that will enable the recreational rock lobster fishery in this zone to open from 00:01 hours Wednesday 23 November 2016. Please note that pots and rings must not be set prior to this time.
As advised on 15 November 2016, the Maria Island Zone remains closed pending further testing/results.

Monitoring of PST levels in rock lobsters and mussel sentinel samples taken from the Central East Coast zone have returned results that will enable the recreational rock lobster fishery in this zone to open as scheduled on Saturday 19 November.
Pots may be set in the open areas from 13:00 hours  (i.e. 1 pm) on Friday 18 November 2016, however pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Saturday 00:01 hours (i.e. Saturday morning).

The zones that will open as scheduled on Saturday, 19 November are (see map below):

  • Storm Bay/Bruny Zone (Whale Head to Tasman Island);
  • Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Island to Marion Bay);
  • Upper East Coast Zone (Picaninny/Wardlaws Point to Eddystone Point); and
  • North East Zone (Eddystone Point to Banks Strait).

Western Region Opening

The recreational rock lobster season in the Western Region (waters west of Point Sorell around to Whale Head) opens this Saturday, 5 November. Fishers can set their pots from 1pm this Friday, then pull them after midnight when the season is officially open.

The pest fish species, Redfin perch are present in the Mersey River

To work out how widely Redfin are spread in the Mersey River, its inflowing creeks and farm dams we need YOUR help.

Mike -- It’s been ages since we’ve given you a report back – mainly because we wanted to get back to you with an actual result!
You’ll remember the last message we sent you had a survey – asking if you wanted us to pay the government the $1080 they were asking to release the footage of the super trawler catching a whale shark, or if you wanted us to have another go at sending a drone up - to get our own footage.

Well, the stop the trawler community overwhelmingly voted that we try both – so long as we’re super careful not to hurt any birds with our drone! We think we have found a drone operator we can afford – but that project might take some time. In the meantime, we paid the government the $1080 they were asking for to release the whale shark footage.

We’ve been absolutely floored by the result.

biotoxin 2016A harmful algal bloom continues to persist along the East and South East coasts. Monitoring of paralytic shellfish toxin levels in rock lobster and wild shellfish is continuing with further sampling scheduled for late October. The results from this will inform management decisions on the open/closed status of all zones prior to the scheduled opening of the Eastern Region on 19 November.

Read the latest biotoxin update

licence 2016Recreational sea fishing licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, nets and set lines are now on sale at Service Tasmania and online.
Please note that licence refunds will not be granted if you are unable to fish in some waters due to biotoxin closures.

Buy your 2016-17 licence

Anglers Alliance Tasmania is co-ordinating a free Statewide Junior Anglers Day on Sunday 30th October 2016 , giving anglers 17 years of age and under a good chance to catch trout at a number of venues across the state stocked by the Inland Fisheries Service.

The day will be a great opportunity for children who are interested in fishing but don’t necessarily come from a fishing family, to come along and receive some guidance from experienced anglers.

ljad 2016This event will be held at:
Launceston Aquatic Centre 
Wednesday, 26 October 
6.00pm ­ 7.30pm 

Following on from our highly successful Life Jacket Awareness Days in Hobart and Queenstown, MAST is conducting another demonstration in Launceston. Come along and find out what really happens when you end up in the water wearing the clothes you go boating in.

See the flyer here !

gone fishing day 2016 logoGet into fishing! The first ever national Gone Fishing Day is happening on Sunday, 16 October! It's a great opportunity to take family, mates or just yourself fishing in the great Tassie outdoors. Either register below for one of the Fishcare supported events around the state or as an individual at the Gone Fishing Day website - you could win a prize!
For Tasmanian Locations, click Read More below

Have you tried whitebait fishing?

With favourable conditions, this season is looking like a great whitebait season.
The 2016 whitebait season opens for fishing on Saturday October 1 and remains open till Friday 11 November 2016.

AAT recently contacted Forestry Tasmania re access to Lake Rowallan and were told all access roads to Lake Rowallan have been closed including the Borradaile Plains access. The Parangana bridge is out and there have been massive washouts and landslides with vast quantities of replacement fill to be put in place eg 70,000 m3 in one washout.
Remedial work has started and will take some time (months not weeks) and this is the reason roads have been closed.
A video by Rod How is available on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLafM92cLn0
Thanks to Rod for making this video public.

grammar05Grammar Girls team in action at Cressy Trout Expo today (Monday). Pictured are 3 teams from Launceston Grammar Junior currently competing at Tasmanian Schools Trout Fishing Competition, including 1 all girl team.There are over 400 students out here.
The Grammar team sponsored by TasFish.com for the second year.exciting day ahead.

Click Read More for more pictures.

 

 

 

 

2016 09 10 great colours in this meander river brownA heavy frosty morning meant for a nice sunny but cool day and also a good one to go fishing in a river somewhere.. I decided it would be the Meander River which is 45 kms from Sheffield. I'm hoping the river level has dropped low enough so I can get in and fish it. I couldn't get a reading of the river levels online due to the gauge still being out of order since the June floods. So I'm going to take the chance and hope it will be okay. Once there I could see it was down and just wade-able going by a log the juts out from the river bank. I have used this log as a gauge for many years now and I know when the river is at a safe level for wading. Today it's borderline, so I decided I would have a session in the river. I'm not going to take any chances though, if I get to a stretch of water that doesn't feel right then I won't be going any further. Besides I'm not sure what has changed on the river bottom either, has it been washed out in places or is it still as it was before the floods. I could see how high the river had been during the floods, the good thing is that there's still plenty of undamaged foliage along both sides of the river.

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