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

Bluefin Lures

The best lures and tips from the experts. Andrew Large interviews several well known bluefin anglers.

Tasmania has eight world records for this fabulous game fish and during April-May it is keenly sought. In this story anglers reveal their top lures and techniques for targeting these fish.

Check your line and improve results

Anglers treat one of the most important parts of their fishing tackle with contempt. The one part that often means the difference between landing a fish and losing it is the line. Granted, the hook and knot are important but more often the line is what parts, not the other two.

Smoking Fish - a great way to bring out the flavour

Smoking trout, salmon, or any kind of fish has long been recognized as a gourmet delight. It is neither difficult or costly to achieve using a portable smoker. There are several on the market that come complete with all accessories, sawdust and instructions.

Kids Stuff - Sinkers

Michael Bok takes a look at sinkers

What are sinkers and what do they do?

When I first started fishing and received nothing but a small amount of pocket money each week, I used to scrounge through Dad's shed and grab any large nuts he had and use these as sinkers. Old spark plugs were also good sinkers.

Colour - Does it really matter?

by Greg French

Perhaps the question most commonly asked by anglers is, "What lure should I use?" Fortunately there is some logic involved here and, with time, choosing a lure becomes less of a riddle. You learn that a diver is totally impractical in a shallow stream. On the other hand, you accept that wobblers only function when used at a speed which keeps them close to the surface - of little use when you are targeting fish down deep.

Kids Stuff - Hooks

Michael Bok looks at hooks

Hooks are one of the most important items in your fishing tackle box. These are the items that actually catch your fish. Fish hooks have been around for 20,000 years, the first ones being made from wood or bone and many were not even hooks at all.

Harts Hints - Handling the Catch

by Andrew Hart

You've don't it! You've landed what you were after and a good size fish it is too! Finally, you can take home something for the table. You can't wait to show off your catch and then enjoy a tasty and nutritious meal. You've done the hard work! Or have you?

Pump your own bait

Michael Bok tells where, how and why.

At times gathering bait is almost as much fun as fishing itself and the rewards from catching better fish on fresh caught bait are great. A bait pump is a great help if you fish out coastal or estuary environments. What is a bait pump?

Boating techniques - improving your catch rate

Trout guide, Peter Hayes explains some of the techniques he uses that will help improve your catch rate.

As I stand at the door of my Great Lake shack the eleventh day of February is just four hours old. The morning is black and remarkably quiet. Around me the trees seem hypnotised by the stillness in the air. This is a rare and beautiful moment in the highlands of Tasmania and you need to rise early to witness it.

Kids Stuff - building a handline

by Michael Bok

Hey kids do you want to try out fishing? You don't need a rod or reel because we'll build a handline and then have a go off the nearest jetty, pier or out of a boat.

You will need the following items:

Best Baits - Pretty fish

by Philip Ellerton

At this time of year, most budding trout anglers are right back into the swing of things. That is not only the freshwater anglers but also the saltwater enthusiasts. That is why this issue I have decided to discuss pretty fish, pretty fish being a commonly and very effectively used bait catching a variety of species from sea-run trout to salmon, bream and flathead.

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