100 kayak troutPresented from Issue 100
Have you ever driven over the South Esk River bridge at Perth? I am sure that most of us have. On every trip to Hobart, the idea of fishing this section of river has been in the back of my mind. As a child, I often fished the adjoining ‘Charles Berryman Picnic Reserve’ with my father. It was close to Launceston and had very good access to a small side-water that branched off the main river. Being European, we targeted species that would normally be considered as pests, such as redfin perch and tench. Sounds crazy I know, but prepared the correct way, tench were actually pretty good eating.

Most of the time we fished the old fashioned way, using worms suspended under a float. I also used small redfin-patterned Celtas on the odd occasion. The traditional red-coloured ones seemed to give the best results, with many trout caught on these metal spinners in the picnic reserve side-water. However, access to good fishing spots in the river itself was difficult, as the banks were overgrown with willows.

Presented from Issue 95
Recent kayak popularity It was over 25 years, maybe 30 years ago, when I first saw someone fishing from water level in a boat. On a dark and windy night much to my amusement my mate John Rumph waddled into Lake Toolondo in the Grampians on a horrid night standing in what I think was the first ever float tube imported into Australia.

Presented from Issue 95
Huntsman Lake lies approximately 20 km south of Deloraine. It’s an easy, scenic drive via the small town of Meander. As most anglers know, the lake is only a few years old. It was formed in 2007 with the construction of the Meander Dam. The lake is fed by the Meander River and also by several small streams.

Presented from Issue 95
These days fishing techniques and fishing tackle just keep making more advances and becoming much more technical. I know I have fallen into that trap myself. I’ve just added a GPS to my arsenal, so that I can mark waypoints for hotspots. I also have a fish finder installed. Some kayakers even have high end fish finders with dual beam, side imaging, big colour screens and inbuilt GPS. The same kind of set up you’d see on a well laid out bream or trout boat.

Presented from Issue 94

Little Swanport is about one hour from Hobart and a little less than half way between Triabunna and Swansea. It is probably my number one saltwater kayak fishing spot. The reasons for that include:

Presented from Issue 94

The Great Lake is one of my favourite places to fish for trout in Tassie. It supports a large population of both rainbow and brown trout and the vast size of the lake means means that I can hunt for these trout with very few interruptions.

Winter fishing at the lake has been good to me this year; however, many of the fish that I have caught have been in poor or ‘slabby’ condition and have not put up much of a fight. Catching a brown trout that is half asleep and resembles an eel is not my idea of fun. No doubt the availability of food has a lot to do with this.

YakYak Catch

A beautiful morning on the Yak! This one came in at 6 1/2lb... He only just lipped it. Another kick of the tail and I'd be a shattered man right now.
Brendan Taylor

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Tassie Paddlers: YEP Tackle Fish-off - Johnsons Beach Penguin

We had a fantastic weekend with NO RAIN. I finally got it right. I would like to thank the members from www.Tassiepaddlers.net that entered this event. Also thanks to Dale and Yep tackle for sponsoring this event. Like Spork said a successful event. A great Friday evening with a catch up tea and a few bevies and once again we solved the world’s problems with our friendly possum wanting to taste Legs’ toe but with no luck, it was time for an early night around 11pm. Spork set the wake up alarm for 6:30 but I think members were up around 5:30- 6:00 We had a hearty breakfast then it was time to convoy to the fishing spot. What a remarkable great day on the water all catching something, squid being the flavour of the day.

Kayak Paddle Day

It's hard to make a decision on which boat to buy if you have never paddled a kayak before. Maybe your only experience in kayak is in one of those slippery white water boats that roll over if you look sideways. The large range of recreational and touring kayaks offered at Tassie Tackle and Outdoor cater to all skill levels from the rank amateur to the seasoned Sea Kayaker. Come along to the Trevallyn Dam Boat ramp.

For safe, relaxed paddling with experienced kayakers on hand to ensure your enjoyment and offer advice. Paddle a range of boats and enjoy BYO BBQ lunch to top the day off (BBQ Facilities on site). Kicking off at 11am on Sunday October 10th weather dependant, bookings are essential.
All safety equipment and kayaks provided, just bring yourself.

Test paddle day Saturday 9th October --- Turners Beach 1.00pm.
Test paddle day Sunday 10th October --- Trevallyn Dam 11.00am.
Bookings essential so we can make sure you get a paddle.
Phone Tassie Tackle and Outdoor on 6431 6500.

Tasmanian kayak fishing

by Nick Gust
Kayak-fishing is rapidly gaining popularity
around Australia. With appropriate equipment,
experience and favourable weather Tasmania holds
many diverse and exciting opportunities for kayak
fishing. Taswegians are getting in on the act with the
first kayak-fishing tournament held at Scamander
earlier this year. (see issue 85 for details).

Hobie Mirage Revolution Fish

Courtesy of IFS

Lately I have been thinking about the benefits of the Hobie MirageDrive and having your hands free for fishing. For those not in the know, the MirageDrive is a pedal driven method of propelling a kayak. Hobie calls it a "Revolutionary new propulsion system", and I must admit it certainly is an impressive system. The two blades look like the wings on a penguin. There is a good reason for this too.

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