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

Blue Fox is Live

In the wake of record drought-breaking rains; leading freshwater spinner/spoon company, Blue Fox, part of Rapala VMC Corp. unveils its new Australian website which features detailed information on popular freshwater lures available in the country.
MAKE EVERY CAST COUNT - with Blue Fox. Click here to visit bluefox.com.au

Balista Lures and LED's

Hi Mike,
We've just released a ripper video on marine research done by biologist Jamie Seymour.
Here is the link from Youtube:

Building Cane Rods

I had a young guy from Melbourne called Jack McCowan visit me last week.  He wanted to shoot some video of me working and interview me at the same time.  I nearly said no, but I had a look at a film he'd done before (called Three Two One - on his website - http://www.adventureproject.org) and he looked like he had a lot of potential.
He's using a Canon 7D DSLR for the video.  He has all the attachments to make the video work.  As you can see - he has done a really good job after spending a few short hours with me:
He has been working as a Ski Instructor and Outdoor Event Coordinator in Vic (Mt Baw Baw), and been traveling overseas too.  He's headed back to Melbourne, looking to do some freelance video and look for other work at the ABC etc.
Best Regards, Nick Taransky

A Work Out for a New Rod

A couple of days ago I went and purchased a new rod for spinning, a 1 to 3 kg starlo stix from Bridges Brothers.

I thought I might give it a whirl so I headed down to the Huon River about a kilometre down from Jubury Park.


Pure Fishing Australia New product 2010

A very handy squid bag that features a great jig storage solution to eliminate jigs floating free in your bag, or worse, your pocket! A heavy duty clear PVC flap combined with a polyester ‘wool’ strip holds all your jigs in an easy to access front pouch. The pouch can handle jigs up to 3.5 easily and provides the serious squid angler with efficient and hassle free jig storage.

NomAdic multi Piece Travel Rods

Multi Piece

The perfect solution for those anglers that have the urge to
explore new fishing grounds. Berkley Nomadic multi piece travel
rods are made from IM6 graphite blanks and feature Fuji Alconite
guides and reel seat for great performance.

Pflueger Wanderer Multi Piece Travel Rods


Pflueger Wanderer travel rods are for adventurous anglers wanting exceptional performance in a multi piece rod. Constructed with M8 graphite for sensitivity and power, Fuji SiC guides and reel seat and shaped grips in high grade cork, the Wanderer series is designed to be the ultimate travel companion for fisho's exploring new waters.


Cast, Count and Pull

Joe Riley

Australian Fly Fishing representative, Joe Riley shares a few tips on prospecting the depths for trout.

How much should you pay for a rod?

Jamie Henderson
Tackle retailer and competition angler Jamie Henderson explains the vexed question on how much you should pay for a rod.
I saw an interesting statistic the other day that said at least one third of the population of Australia go fishing. That makes it the biggest single recreational pursuit in our country. That's a lot of rods and reels at the end of the day. Its because of this that the fishing tackle industry grows and improves all the time, every year new gear, new brands and a myriad of upgrades and improvements come along which can at times have the owners of the tackle stores pulling their hair out wondering what they should stock next.
This doesn't make it any easier for the consumer, what type of gear should they purchase, what fish are they targeting, are they targeting anything at all or just want to dabble on the jety and hope for the best, fly, plastic, bait, spin, surf, game--aaaaagggghhhh.

Electric motors

Leroy Tirant
More and more anglers are wising up to the advantages of using an electric motor for fishing. Powered by a deep cycle battery they propel the boat through the water effortlessly and most importantly, they do it quietly. They literally produce no real audible sound.

Stream trout on surface lures

Dan Clifton
When dwelling on what I had written over the past 12 months, I realised that I have not written and article that did not involve the use of soft plastics, although there is no argument that I believe that they are one of the most effective way of catching fish in Tasmania, there is a real passion of mine that I had forgotten about. That is the use of hard bodied surface lures.

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