The first Atlantic salmon eggs used to begin Tasmania's Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry were introduced into Tasmania in 1984. From these humble beginnings a valuable Tasmanian industry has evolved with a worldwide reputation for having a premium disease free product. This industry provides a spin off to all anglers in the form of regular escapes of salmon from the farms.
The very last Eddie Wigston Memorial Trout Contest was held on the 15th and 16th of March 2015, in the Bronte Park region of the Tasmanian lake country. Unlike recent years the weather was magnificent with Saturday just about as good as it gets for trout fishing in March.
It was another very successful event and one with mixed feelings being the finale to 23rd memorable years. With this event marking 25yrs since the passing of Eddie Wigston the family felt it was a suitable time to wrap up the event and mark the 25 year legacy in 2015.
It was not an easy decision with Garth and Stuart Wigston sharing some emotional words to the crowd throughout the presentation. While the event will be missed all attending this and previous years expressed their thanks and gratitude to the Wigston Family and all involved in hosting the past 23 contests.
It will be remembered as one of the best family orientated fishing competitions in the state and this year once again all the young junior entrants received a substantial prize to take home from Plano tackle boxes loaded with Tassie Devils to rod and reel combos vouchers from tackle stores around the state.
While we await the report from this years report ... read last years!
The final round of the Lowrance TAS Trout Classic series could not have got any closer. The Cranka Lures Arthurs Lake round produced the second three way tie for series and kept up the count back system deciding each and every one of the three rounds.
The weather was fantastic, almost too good on Saturday but no one was going to complain after the horrendous conditions on the Great Lake in round two.
Teams gathered at the Great Lake Hotel on Friday night for the compulsory briefing where crowd favourite Robert ‘Bobby’ Ling was drawn out of the hat as the lucky recipient of the LOX Ambassador Series Hybrid Rod. The Calcutta was as always highly entertaining and would ultimately play out as a true form guide for the round ahead.
Teams headed out of Jonah Bay on Arthurs Lake at 7am Saturday morning. Spreading far and wide across the water. Conditions were warm and the sun was very hot after some low cloud cleared in the first hour. It made for some difficult fishing but bags didn’t really show it.
Round Two Tas Trout Classic – wrap up.
It was tournament time again for Tasmanian anglers with round 2 of the TAS Trout Classic Series run and won in the central highlands. Weather conditions were very challenging which created quite a lot of drama for the 33 entered teams.
The Tonic Eyewear Great Lake Classic got underway with the compulsory briefing at the Great Lake Hotel on Friday evening. One lucky entrant again walked away with a LOX Ambassador Hybrid Series rod valued at $350. Most entrants enjoyed the hospitality of the Hotel prior to the briefing with good food and cold drinks.
Plenty of fish caught at Arthurs, Penstock and Little Pine with Tom Jarman of Vic first, Christopher Bassano 2nd, Jonothan Stagg third, Mark Youngman 4th , Glenn Eggleton 5th.
Some big fish from Penstock and a good range of sizes in Arthurs.
Get on it people....great event and full of fantastic features this year....visit the Tasmanian Family Fishing Festival page to find out all about what else is happening this year....exciting stuff The Tasmanian Family Fishing Festival is a Family event based around a Fishing competition that will be held from St Helens on Tasmania's sunny East Coast.
The Tasmanian Family Fishing Festival will be held on Saturday the 27th of April, competition registrations will be available from 7-8am on the St Helens Foreshore, fishing time is from 8am-2pm, weigh in from 2pm-4pm and presentations at 5pm.
Cost is Adults $20 and children under 16 $10
Fish off a jetty or a boat, anyone can enter with lots of fantastic prizes up for grabs, including a boat with motor.
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Recently Atlantic salmon seems to be a very hot topic amongst local anglers, especially those in the south of the state in the D'Entrecasteaux area. Northern anglers should take a close look at the Tamar as there are opportunities here as well.
The recent "great escape" has provided a perfect opportunity for fresh and saltwater anglers alike to experience some truly memorable sport. Tasmania's pristine, clean and cool waters are the perfect nursery for the Atlantic Salmon and as our local fish farms produce more and more fresh quality seafood it is a fact that there are going to be tangible consequences.