Seeking sea-run trout

Andrew Large, of Got One Hobart, is a keen sea-run trout angler. He outlines how to catch these fabulous sportfish.

What is a Sea-Run trout?

Sea-runners are brown trout (salmo-trutta) that have, as juvenile fingerlings, made a decision to move away from freshwater and to live in saltwater.

Saltwater Sport fishing - St Helens

The township of St Helens is nestled at the back of Georges Bay, a sheltered track of water situated a quarter of the way down the East Coast of Tasmania. The area is now regularly visited by leading Australian fishing journalists such as Rick Huckstepp, who regard St Helens as the sport fishing mecca of Tasmania and a true world-class sport fishing destination.

Catch in the Kitchen - Blue Trout

by Michael Bok

Mike, The Editor, gave me a book to have a look at called "The Armchair Angler" and said "check out the Blue Trout article and see what you think'.

This article described Blue Trout as "pure unadulterated essence of trout'. What really intrigued me about this recipe was why call it "Blue" trout. Apparently the colour comes from the same lubricant that makes a fish slippery and when cooked gives the fish a light metallic blue tingle.

Doing it with style

The embracing of loch-style fishing Techniques by competition anglers in Australia is now finding increasing favour with recreational anglers. Much is written in the British angling press about loch-style fly fishing, and its many subtle variations, but Australian publications have been silent on it till recently.

Walking the Western Lakes

by Jan Spencer

Often I am asked where my favourite spot is. Really, it's where I happen to be on the day.

Having fished a number of places in the world I know we are so lucky in Tasmania to have fishing that is so diverse. From small mountain streams to lowland rivers, and thousands of highland lakes. The remote lakes in Tasmania, commonly known as the Western Lakes, certainly hold a place in my heart. I am not sure why, as there are certainly places more civilised and a darned sight easier to get to.

Tasmania's Beautiful Brookies

by Greg French

Brook trout, with their olive backs, lemon spots and, in the case of spawners, bright orange flanks are perhaps the most strikingly beautiful of all salmonoids and, because they are so rare in Australia and New Zealand, most anglers aspire to catch one. While the species does not offer the same challenge as the ever cunning brown trout, it is highly regarded in its native North America and we are privileged to have a couple of wild populations in Tasmania.

The White-breasted sea eagle in Tasmania

The edges of Macquarie Harbour, Freycinet Peninsula and Maria Island National Park are typical habitats for one of Tasmania's most spectacular birds - the white-breasted sea eagle - a bird of prey with a wing span sometimes exceeding 2 m and a weight of up to 4.5 kg.

Smutting Mako's

Recently on a game fishing trip to St. Helens some friends and I had the opportunity to meet Kaj Buschor "Bushy" as he is better known amongst the fishing fraternity - you know? the guy with the big moustache and sun hat. He's normally found sitting down the back of the boat - refusing to kiss fish each week on the Rex Hunt Fishing Show.

Spinners are grinners

Fishing rivers and streams with lures can be one of the most effective ways of catching a feed. Often the size of fish is small, but the unique atmosphere and nature of streams makes up for their often diminutive stature.

Greg French looks techniques that will help you improve your catch and have you smiling.

Secret fly fishing techniques of an English champion

John Horsey showed the "locals" some new techniques that will fool plenty of our trout. John was intrigued by the very slow way Tasmanians "strike" after the take and once he slowed himself down he was able to hook many more fish.

John explained that even although our fish descended from English stock only 145 years ago they often behave very differently, but in just a few days he adjusted his methods very successfully.

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.

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