Hello everyone, I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself.

My name is Stephen Smith and I have been managing the website tasfish.com since May 2009.

It has been an epic journey of learning and discovery and I am indebted to Mike Stevens for his help, support and patience.

I am developing a new venture Rubicon Web and Technology Training ( www.rwtt.com.au ). The focus is two part, to develop websites for individuals and small business and to train people to effectively use technology in their everyday lives.

Please contact me for further information.

Stephen Smith

Coastal Catches 16/8/2012

I have written in some of my past articles with regard to some of the mindless acts of vandalism that have occurred in fishing areas. I was alerted to the latest act where the Great Lake lookout, at the top of haulage hill, was pulled over by some morons with a four wheel drive and a snatch strap. There are many other instances of lake shores being destroyed and rubbish being left for others to clean up.

Coastal Catches 28/6/2012

There has been a lot of discussion among our customers in recent weeks with regard to the Super Trawler M V Margiris fishing in commonwealth waters targeting Red Bait and Jack Mackeral. This is fishing on an industrialised scale and to put the size of the vessel into perspective it is 142m long compared to the Spirit of Tasmania at 194m long. This factory trawler is huge and it stands accused of leaving collapsed fisheries and unemployed fishermen in its wake.

Coastal Catches 21/06/2012

I read an interesting article written by Greg French in the current issue of Freshwater Fishing concerning Trout growth and fisheries management. The article points out where there is ample or an abundance of food trout will do well and where food is scarce they will struggle. Fisheries management, (Water level and water quality) has a big influence on the ecology of lakes and in turn how much food is available.  It is a well written story and well worth a read.

Coastal Catches 31/5/2012

There are only a few days to go until all the Rainbow designated waters will close for the end of the season. There are still a number of waters open all year round and these will provide the diehard freshwater anglers with their fix while the other waters are closed. We often get asked why there is a closed season.

Coastal Catches 9/5/2012

There are quite a few hard core fisho’s from the coast heading south to Eaglehawk Neck and Southport at the moment. Our mail is that Eaglehawk neck has been fishing well on the right days and has been quiet on other days. The better fishing conditions are when there is a bit of chop on the water.

Coastal Catches 26/4/2012

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Lake Plimsoll could be worth a look in the latter part of the season as the water would be cooling down which is favourable for Brook Trout. Well you have one week left to go and there have been some good fish caught there recently.

Coastal Catches 19/4/2001

Every now and again a little gem appears. A few weeks ago a customer arrived in the shop with an old fishing rod inquiring about its age and how to go about restoring it. He had found it on a trailer destined for the tip. It was an old rod made of wood and was in poor condition however all the fittings were original.

Coastal Catches 13/4/2012

Well we certainly had some interesting weather over Easter with Friday night being the pinnacle of extremes. We had a few phone calls on Saturday morning regarding broken tent poles and ripped tent fly’s. Spare a thought for the Father and Son who spent the night on top of Black Bluff. There experience was character building!


Coastal Catches 5/4/2012

Easter has arrived again and the weather is looking reasonable for the break. There is a little bit of rain forecast but there should be no reason to not go fishing.

Coastal Catches 29/3/2012

I am not sure where this year has gone but I have just realised that Easter is only a week away. It’s usually a popular time to go fishing and I am sure that this year we be no exception.

Coastal Catches 22/3/2012

I had a great moment this week when a customer came into the shop and told us about how he had taken his grandson out fly fishing at the upper Inglis river. His grandson had been practicing his casting and has become reasonably proficient. They were standing at a pool and grandfather asked grandson where he thought the biggest trout would be sitting, grandson points out the spot and puts a dry fly over the spot which is promptly engulfed by a 2lb trout which was duly landed. I think proud grandfather got a bigger kick out of this fish than grandson and it goes to show what a fantastic sport fishing is for families spending quality time together.

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