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 ...
After a very successful first year the annual Tasmanian Family Fishing Festival will be on again on Saturday the 8th of June. The waters of Georges Bay, St Helens will be host to this great family event and what follows is a quick overview of the fish species to target this year as well as a few tips and hints on where and how to catch them.
The flyer for the Festival is available here and more information is available in the Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News April/May edition.
Here is an update.
We held the opening dinner Friday 3 May and it was a huge success.
Rex hunt emceed the night and Tamie Fraser was the guest speaker. We reckon Tamie told the best joke - sorry Rex. A Nick Taransky rod was auctioned for $7250 - perhaps a record for an Australian bamboo rod. It was donated by Nick and had a lovely Ross reel attached and that was donated by Andrew Braithwaite.
Next week we will have some tackle to give away, so stay tuned.
Chance to bag some cricket and fishing gear.
I am a member of the Van Dieman Fly Fishers Club and for many years we have had representatives in Australian and World teams.
This year we have four members in the Australian team going to fish the World Championships in Norway.
A fund raiser is being held 1 June and you are invited to attend.
There are some great prizes. See the flyer attached.
Kind regards, Mike Stevens
The Australian Fly Fishing Museum and Clarendon
Clarendon House is one of the most important properties of the National Trust (Tasmania). It was built by James Cox in the 1830s and is an architectural and heritage icon with many unique features. Situated in Tasmania’s northern Midlands, the western side of the property is flanked by the South Esk River and across the river can be seen Symmons Plains. What has this got to do with a fly fishing museum? Fly fishing in Australia is predominately fly fishing for trout and it was James Arndell Youl* from across the river at Symmons Plains who was primarily responsible for the successful acclimatisation of trout in the southern hemisphere.
The fifth Pirtek Fishing Challenge was held on Sunday, 24 March with 7500 anglers from all over Australia competing in the one-day event from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm. The Challenge is a catch and release tournament with anglers photographing their prized catch of the day and then uploading the photo for judging. This year there were 20 target species spread across the nation and seven prizes up for grabs for each target species - a total of 140 prizes.
Well what can i say apart from it rained,.. the fish stayed inside out of the rain. But there were three members of Tassiepaddlers that didnt let the weather or the catching of no fish worry them. These members were Chipz,Spork and Simmo. All i can say it was great company and fantastic time together on and off the water. We got into a harty breakky before the Pirtek Challenge started.
Thursday 25 Friday 26th & Saturday 27th April 2013
This is the final schedule and entry form for the upcoming Tom Jenkins Memorial Bluefin comp to be held at The Tuna Club of Tasmania’s home base, Pirates Bay.
Note- Dinner and mega auction to be held at the Lufra on Friday night and a second briefing for those only wishing to fish 2 days!
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Day Two saw a small breeze at the start and weather was a little cooler. Team Bream It On backed up their lead with another good bag leaving them on top of the leader board with Josh Williams taking out the Cranka big Bream with a 1.520kg. Team Cranka slugged it out with no main motor all weekend and still came up with the goods, slotting them into second place with a top bag 5.670kg. Third place went to a father and son team with smiles all round for them. Another smooth and great tournament was had by all. With anglers looking forward to the final round on the Derwent River in Hobart.
Today saw the start of round 2 of The Tasmanian Bream classic 2013 held on the Swan River. Weather conditions were perfect and Swansea as always put on a beautiful day. With nearly all anglers catching a mix of big and small fish, positions after day one are tight and as a result have made way for a tightly contested day of fishing tomorrow.
The nationwide Pirtek fishing challenge competition is on again, this year it is to be held on Sunday the 24th of March right across Australia. Primarily this competition is designed as a fund raiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. (https://pirtekfishingchallenge.com.au/). You may not know this, but for the last 2 years the Tasmanian section has been won using YEP TASSIE TACKLE LURES!
2011 / Mike Stevens: Won the Tassie section with a huge black back salmon caught on a Yep Tassie Tackle “Black "n" Gold Flapper” soft plastic. (click picture to enlarge)
2012 / Marcus Popowski: Won the Tassie section with the biggest flathead whilst using a Yep Tassie Tackle “Pearl White Flapper” soft plastic. (click picture to enlarge)
So given the above mentioned results, we have decided to run a competition alongside the Pirtek Challenge and attempt a "Hat Trick" of wins! Our prize on offer is $300 worth of Yep Tassie Tackle, given to any person that wins the 2013 Pirtek challenge using a Yep Tassie Tackle lure.
Rules For The Yep Tassie Tackle / HAT TRICK Competition:
The $300 worth of Yep Tassie Tackle Lures prize will be given to the first prize winner of the Pirtek Challenge - ADULT
The $100 worth of Yep Tassie Tackle Lures prize will be given to the first prize winner of the Pirtek Challenge - JUNIOR
Picture of fish on Pirtek Brag Mat with Yep Lure must be supplied
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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.
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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.