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

Maximising you fishing time - Tournament or not

Leroy Tirant
Tournament fishing can sound intimidating to the average angler, especially those who wish to enter the competition arena. However, when you witness the line up of boats at the start of an event it does become inspiring. To see the latest fishing rigs, gleaming paint jobs and major horsepower being run by tournament fishos-with household names and any budding angler will want to join their ranks.

Locating fish, lure selection and presentation

Steve Steer

Being able to consistently locate your target species, select an appropriate lure and then present it in a way that the fish likes to see it can be a very daunting task for any angler.  With so many variables at work against us such as different; fishing locations, target species, environmental factors, light levels, water depths, water clarities, water temperatures, water flow/tidal movements,  activity/aggression levels of the fish, lure sizes/shapes/colors/actions/weights/smells/sink rates, etc, etc.


Hooks are one of those things we take for granted in fishing. The range of hooks is enormous and there is no hook for all conditions. Choice is usually a compromise. Even a beginner trying the most basic fishing should be aware of choosing the best hook for the job at hand.

Over Head Fishing Reel Maintenance

Correctly maintaining your overhead fishing reel and performing the appropriate servicing procedures is of prime importance to all anglers regardless of the overhead reel's application. A well maintained overhead reel performs at its optimum level, increases casting distance, lowers the minimum cast weight and assists the angler by operating without a fault whilst fishing, having a smooth drag with a light initial let off to respond to a sudden run from a hooked fish.

The Burley Factor

Cast your mind back to the last time you were wandering down the street and this wonderful aroma caught your attention as you passed the local bakery. Your mouth starts to water and you are tempted to go straight in there and buy some of that delicious freshly baked bread - you have in fact just been burleyed!


Splash disguised by a small cascade and landing just upstream of a deeper hole overhung by blackberries, this was a rare perfect cast. As the lure wobbled its way through the shadows a bow wave tracking to intercept indicated interest. A brief pause at the shadow's edge resulted in a solid tug on the line and with a swirling splash, I was on. After a couple of jumps and short runs, a pretty little brown trout was quickly slid up on the wet grass for a quick measure, photo, de-hook and release. At 43.5cm fork length and over a pound and a half in weight, this was a large fish for such small water with the deeply hooked jaw of a mature male trout. This brought my total for the day (about an hours fishing just 20min from home) to three landed and with several others missed or dropped, was a fitting end for a quick post work fish. As with all previous fish, that day along with many from previous and subsequent trips the successful lure was a simple small metal spoon one of the most underrated lures in our hi-tech modern fishing society.

Drogues Slow down and catch more fish.

When I first started guiding 13 seasons ago our business was entirely lake based. The highland lakes of Tasmania are well know for windy personas. The wiser,more experienced local anglers all used drogues to slow their boats so I purchased the biggest drogue I could find. It was the conventional windsock type of design and was a flouro yellow colour.

Soft Plastics, Getting Started Towards Success (Part 1)

Soft plastic fishing lures what are they?...What are the benefits of using them?... What setup do I need to fish them?...How do I rig and retrieve them?...What lure or technique should I use on this species or that species?...etc etc.
Well these are just some of the many questions anglers regularly ask in relation to the use of soft plastic fishing lures.  This article is the first in a series of articles that are intended to take you through the step by step process of becoming a successful soft plastics angler.

The Joys of Boating

The following story is true. Phil from Blessington has given permission to use this story - of several parts, as long as his true name is not revealed. It has previously appeared in the journal of the Victorian Fly Fishers Association.

Mega Multi Tool Review

Back in the old days everybody's Grandpa had a favourite pocketknife. Times change however and the pocketknife has been replaced by the multi-tool, a hybrid of the Swiss Army knife and the humble plier! Here is the latest and greatest in multi-tools for those thinking of a Christmas present, or just another toy.

Unlocking the secrets of soft plastics

Part 2: Tips and Hints

Last issue, Steve Starling reveled some of the secrets of success when using the newest generation of soft plastic or rubber lures that are taking the country by storm. This time, Steve presents some very useful tips on selecting and using these deadly lures in our local waters.

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