coastal-catches-2014-10-02-bCoastal Catches 2/10/2014

There are a lot of anglers from the Burnie area looking forward to this weekend as it is the Burnie Show holiday on Friday and many use it as a start of their fishing up in the highlands. The weather can be changeable but it is generally when things start to get a bit warmer and Trout fishing starts to fire.

The road from Lake Augusta to the nineteen lagoons area is now open so there is easy access to the area. It’s one of the premium Trout fishing locations in the state and I expect there will be a few folk from Burnie there on Friday. The IFS have advised that to road is better condition than the past few years and they have requested that anglers stick to the speed limit to keep the road in good condition.

coastal-catches-2014-0-25-hannah -ledgerCoastal Catches 25/9/2014

Some of the weather that we are getting lately is almost unbelievable with relatively calm days and very little rain. It seems there are a lot of anglers taking advantage of the conditions and wetting a line. 
I was down at Sisters Beach on Sunday and the target for the morning was Calamari Squid. We got onto a few good ones and I have been experimenting with a method that I was told about a while ago and it has been fairly successful. It basically involves hanging a squid jig under a polystyrene float and using a small silicone rubber float stopper to set the depth. The advantage of this is you can set the depth so your squid jig is just above the bottom which leaves it in the strike zone and it also results in less jigs being lost. It worked for us and it is a method I will persevere with.

Coastal Catches 12/6/2014

I had a call late last week from a commercial fisherman who was out off Marrawah and saw some huge schools of Bluefin Tuna. He said he had never seen them in the area in those numbers in all his years of fishing. A few fisho’s headed to the far North West over the weekend and reported one boat caught 10 and another 4. This is great news and we hope they continue turning up every year.

Coastal Catches 5/6/2014

I mentioned that the West Coast was the place to be last weekend and the prophecy turned out to be correct. There have been numerous reports of good catches of Stripy Trumpeter and there were also some Bluefin Tuna caught just out from Strahan. It’s good to see them there, as it is a much shorter drive to the West Coast than to Eaglehawk Neck. There are however less opportunities due to the Wild West coast weather. If the weather allows it would be well worth a look.

Coastal Catches 29/5/2014

I had the weekend off and decided to go for a fish at St Helens. Saturday was reasonable so we decided to head out to the shelf to see if we could catch some Stripy Trumpeter and Blue Eye Trevalla out at the shelf. Well that idea was quashed when I discovered that I had left the power leads for the electric reels in the car. The conditions were far from ideal for bottom fishing so we decided to have a troll to see if there were any Tuna about and were pleasantly surprised. There were some good sized Albacore caught and we ended up having a brilliant day.