Mike Fry doesn’t only live on the Wild Side of Tasmania, but also goes fishing in probably the wildest boat ever to troll for trout—certainly in Tasmania.
When your mate says ‘What are you doing tomorrow, want to come up the Gordon for the night?’ it would be pretty hard to say anything else except “you bet” and start checking out your tackle box and packing your overnight bag. But if your mate was Troy Grining and he wanted to give his new 52ft, high speed cruiser a run across Macquarie Harbour, test the new onboard dory with a chance of landing a nice Gordon River Brown you would have to feel privileged. I didn’t say anything about getting on my hands and knees and kissing his feet…just having a lend of ya’ but I did feel very appreciative.
Help needed. In 1973 Billy Zotch caught a very big trout in Lake Crescent on a Big Bat lure.
This report is coming from the shores of Lake Crescent.Todd gave us a bum steer - the fish do fight.
The first fish was a 6 lb Rainbow which took half an hour to get in the boat. The second was a cracker of a brown of 12 LB that took another half hour. Vic and I were using 6 lb. leaders.
Thanks for the info it was spot on. We are here for a few days so hopefully we will see some more action.
Regards, Rose and Vic
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With not a breath of wind and the sun shining, Connor and I decided to go for a "Late Morning Fish". We hit the water by 11am, and were soon trolling. We both had on Tassie Devil lures, an S11 Funky Frog for me, and a #110 Perch for Connor.
We were soon up past Clark’s point, when Connor says, “Let’s pull in here and have a flick or two”. I changed my lure to a Moore soft plastic, in a pumpkin seed colour rigged up with a 1/12 jig head.
First cast, it was near a big old stump, I let it drop, and picked it back up, let it drop again, and I felt a tap, I then was on! I set the hook, and it was the battle between me and this fish!
I wasn’t letting this on get off.
From Martyn Evans at Lake Crescent.
Its great to see visibility is a little bit better we spent a couple of hours along the shore rolled a couple and caught one nice buck 2.8 kg cleaned on plastics another older gentleman caught 2 around 4 pound mark on the ever reliable green and gold ashley.
Looking forward to heading back up to try some surface lures after dark.
Regards Martyn Evans
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I headed to Tomahawk on the weekend, and decided to have a fish in Blackmans Lagoon on the way down. Arrived at around 1:30ish and got my 3 metre Zodiac off my 4wd with my 2 hp Johnston and headed off, the weather was very bright with 10 knot winds decided to try a Yep golden seducer around the edges. Bang had my first fish on and had this trout on for 15 mins and wasn't sure if it was a brown or a rainbow, but it was a good fish. Got it within 5 metres of the boat and saw the fish and know straight away that's it a really nice fish and could of easily be double figures, but then the hook pulled... Damn!! Kept on fishing for another 30 mins and hooked up a nice rainbow around the 4lb mark and was a very nice solid fish.
Cheers Bailey Zanetto
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Dale Howard, his son Trevor and myself went to Tooms today,
The weather was sensational, managed ten nice rainbows on Yep black n gold Flappers and Red Rascals.
We kept 5 and released 5.
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Lake Leake continues to give up some nice fish although the time put in to achieve these results is often long and arduous .Pictured is Noel Washington of Hobart with a couple of quality fish (out of his bag of four) landed in a recent early morning session .
IFS stocked Atlantic salmon to 30 pounds into Brushy Lagoon Thursday 29 May.
The 400 Atlantic salmon were donated by Petuna Aquaculture from their Cressy farm averaged five kilograms in weight, with many much bigger.
Anglers are reminded that there is a five fish bag limit at Brushy Lagoon with only two permitted to be taken over 600 mm in length.
Two proven soft plastics to try are Strike Tiger 2.5" T-Tail Princess and either a Yep black/gold Flapper or split tail Red Rascal.
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Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.
The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.Read more ...