Costal Catches 5/3/2015
The March long weekend has arrived and there will be plenty of fishing to be done. The West Coast looks like it’s going to be fairly rugged weather wise asthere are westerly winds forecast. This will make the East Coast the better option.
If you want to check out the weather for the weekend have a look at the BOM meteorology website, click on Tasmania and then have a look at MetEye. This is a great tool to look at forecast wind direction and speed, predicted temperature and rainfall and you can also check out the predicted wave heights. It is a very useful tool and you can have a look at any part of the state at 3 hour intervals for 7 days.
The St. Helens game fishing classic is on this weekend and will run for three days. There are some keen North West fisho’s who will travel down to it and have a good show of coming away with a prize. There have been some Marlin sighted out on the shelf and some Albacore caught so there are good fish to target . Mako sharks will also be in the mix.
There are some reports filtering through from Eaglehawk Neck that there are big Albacore Tuna being caught. There have also been hook-ups and sightings of some jumbo Bluefin.
If you’re staying at home for the long weekend and you want to have a fish there are still plenty of Australian Salmon and arrow Squid along the coast. Try some of the Estuaries such as the Mersey, Leven, Inglis rivers and Port Sorell.
There are still kingfish being caught in the far North West of the state however the weather is going to make conditions tough for the weekend. If you want to have a crack at them St.Helens would be a good bet for the weekend. There is a good article in the current edition of Tas. Fishing and Boating News on how to catch them.
We had a couple of customers in the shop this week who have been fishing Lake Macintosh near Tulla and have been catching some well conditioned fish. They caught them using soft plastics in amongst the trees and kept moving till they started getting bites. The biggest fish was a Rainbow around 4lbs and the average size was about 2lbs.
Gadget of the week.
Shimano Sunglasses. All are polarised and have been made for fishing and general water use. $69.95 pair. Check them out at Tackleworld and Outdoor Burnie.
Rachel Biggs with a nice Rainbow Trout that she caught at Bronte Lagoon on a “Wooly Bugger” Fly.
Neville Aitken with a 2kg Rainbow that he caught in the Guide Dam