The Hemingway Dream

Handline trolling for southern bluefin tuna in a kayak

By Nick Gust
What is possible with modern kayak fishing and how far can
this hybrid sport be taken? Is it realistic to dream of successful
game fishing outings by kayak? How difficult would it actually
be to hook and land a bluefin tuna from a kayak on the great
Southern Ocean? Could these torpedos of streamlined muscle
flip a kayak or tow you out to sea? What about evading hungry
mobs of opportunistic seals? Or is the whole notion really just
an irresponsible fantasy, the product of too many drinks? Keen
Tasmanian anglers have no doubt pondered these questions
before, imagining this holy grail of fishing adventure. Over
the last couple of years in Hobart I decided to seek some
answers. Joining the chase for the world’s most valuable fish
species became something of a quest. Often far offshore on
the wild southern ocean. Alone, in a sea kayak.

2010 Game Fishing Season

by John Orchard
It’s in full swing - and once again time to dust off the tuna lures, give the rods and reels a quick service  and get out there on the ocean doing what we all love doing – chasing the infamous southern bluefin tuna.

Bicheno albacore

By Matt Byrne
During the months of February – April, Bicheno is home to some great offshore light tackle game fishing action. Here, Matt Byrne gives readers some inspiration to tackle with one of his favourite fish – the Albacore tuna at a very popular holiday location.

Bluefin Tuna Report May  2010

Henry Terry caught this super bluefin on Saturday 8 May at Eaglehawk Neck. It took 2.25 hours to land it on 24kg line and weighed 101kg.
Plenty of smaller ones about and lots free jumping!
Plenty of seals as well just to test your patience.
Tim Terry

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Southern Bluefin Tuna Report 

Although water temperatures are still high, the bluefin have turned up in large numbers at Eaglehawk Neck as well as catches reported over recent days out of Southport. Most fish have been in the 15 - 30 Kg range with the odd larger fish being taken. Yesterday at Tasman Island anglers were getting double hook ups with both Bluefin & Striped Tuna at the same time!!
Although the number of Albacore being caught has slowed down some at The Neck, the size has increased with fish to 18Kg being landed. Further north off Maria Island there are still large numbers of Albacore and Striped Tuna being taken but no reports to date of Bluefin.
Once again the Meridian "Brown Dog", Green Lumo & Pink Bonito have
been the stand out lures for this season so far.

John O

Fish of a lifetime Huge southern bluefin tuna

Geoff Madden's day off with his sons was heaven sent.
Fishing for me has always been a part of my life. Growing up living on the banks of the Derwent River, and having a family holiday home on the East Coast, gave plenty of opportunities from an early age to throw in a line. I'd lived in a family where any sort of fishing-fresh or salt water-was the norm, and somehow, I'd passed on this passion to my sons as well. We'd always welcome the chance to get out on the water- even if it meant taking a day off work if the conditions suited and the opportunity presented itself.

Chasing Records

Craig Rist is one of our regular writers. He has a burning desire to capture a World Record, but for the time being he is looking at Australian Records as a way forward. The following account is generally about Australian GFAA records.
Two fish that have potential as World Record captures in Tasmania are mako shark and southern bluefin tuna.

Bluefin time again

John Orchard takes a look at the lures you need to catch one of the toughest fish around - and without doubt the most highly regarded fish for sashimi in the world.

Early Season Game Fishing

with Leroy Tirant

With Christmas behind us a lot of anglers are now on their summer holidays. This sets the mind thinking as to where to spend the holidays with or without the family. Usually this time of the year some early reports start to filter in of Albacore at the shelf, and bait schools start showing up on mass. This gets game fishermen warm to the heart and they start breaking out the heavy tackle to head to the blue water for some serious trolling. Each year is different with the average size of fish being usually smaller than later in the season and showing up in sometimes the strangest of places. Last year it was Merricks reef that produced good sport early. So how do we give ourselves a better than average chance of turning a reel? Well there are a few different ways to look at it and if you slowly put the puzzle together with a bit of homework you can tip the odds in your favour.

Game Fishing - Tasman Peninsula and South

John Orchard

Once again it's that time of year when avid game fishermen pull out their gear and give it the once over in anticipation of the arrival of the mighty Southern Bluefin Tuna. These powerhouse fish put both angler skill and product quality to the ultimate test each year and anglers look forward to the challenge.

Game fishing Tasmania

Mason Paull
I have been game fishing in Tasmania for about 18 years. With the onset of the warm East Australian current, most game fishers eagerly await the first of our target game species, albacore, stripey tuna, yellowfin tuna, striped marlin, mako sharks, blue sharks and so on. This article is a guide to the game fisher who is just starting out.

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