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.

Understanding echo sounders and fish finders

Anglers often spend quite a lot of money on their fish finder echo sounder, but fail to understand the correct way to use it. This is part one of a series that will help you understand the way sonar works and how to better utilise it.

Hart's Hints

by Andrew Hart

The warm weather has gone again, and with it, so has much of the better fishing. For many, winter is a time to unwind, service their tackle, and sit by the fire remembering, and dreaming, of warm summer evenings and big fish.

Tuning bibbed lures

by Dwayne Rigby

It has already been an especially productive morning. A combination of high tide, clear water and no wind rendered the early morning light ideal for a spot of bream polaroiding and we'd already caught and released 8 nice fish to 1.5kg.

Hooks - Part one

by Andrew Hart

When you think about it, a hook is one of the cheapest and most important parts of fishing. If you don't have a hook, then chances are you won't catch too many fish!

Looking at lures

by Michael Bok

Soft plastic lures are some of the cheapest lures that can be brought and are every bit as good as any other more expensive variety of lure.

Best Baits - Mussels

Part one in a series, by Phil Ellerton, on the best baits to use in Tasmanian waters.

Harts Hints -  Maintaining your fishing tackle

by Andrew Hart

You have spent money on the best gear you can afford, and you expect it to perform each and every time you use it. However, after a while the salt, and the sand start to eat away at your very expensive reel, or brand name knife, and before you know it, your gear is old and useless.There are ways to maintain your tackle, and with just a bit of extra effort, your gear can last many years.

Ultra-light plug casting - rewards for patience

by Dwayne Rigby

Of late there seems to be an increase in interest in the use of bait caster reels in Tasmania. Whilst these reels, also called plug caster, feature prominently in mainland fishing articles it appears that, until recently, they weren't very popular with Tasmanian anglers.

Mudeyes - Naturally better baits

by Kevin Mulligan

Bait fishing with live bait is one of the best ways to catch fish - after all, it's natural. Recently Kevin Mulligan applied to the Inland Fisheries Commission for a licence to sell live mudeyes. After Kevin satisfied stringent criteria by the Inland Fisheries Commission he received a licence. One of the most important criteria was that the Mudeyes he uses and the areas he catches them in pose no threat to our trout fishery.

Hart's Hints - Improving your catch rate

by Andrew Hart

How often do we go fishing and catch nothing? I think that the answer may be too often for some of us.

Listed below are a few techniques and innovations that can improve your catch rate.

Hooked on lures

Greg Hynes produces Lofty Lures at Mole Creek in Tasmanian. Mole Creek is a quiet country town where most everyone goes fishing. Lofty's make several different size cobra style lures as well as a range of spinners. Michael Stevens recently interviewed Greg "˜Lofty"Hynes.

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