by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.
We headed to the caravan park at St Helens for the long weekend. We had a very memorable trip fishing Georges bay and Scamander River. We smashed the trevally losing count of how many we caught but it was a lot. The biggest two being 43cm but there were quite a few over 40cm all on plastics.
I took Bailey and his mate Jack Seabourne for a late arvo fish down at Garden Island on the Tamar River. We wanted some salmon for the smoker. There were plenty of salmon about busting up on the bait fish schools. The boys had a ball catching around 40 I reckon. We kept a couple dozen for the smoker, that's plenty. They caught fish on Dales salt & pepper softies and Bailey caught a few on small surface poppers.
Here are some pics of Bailey Zanetto and his cousin Nathan at Georges Bay, St.Helens. Some nice trevally, some good blackback and cockys were caught as well. Also caught some bream at the Scamander River, but no pics of them.
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO
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We headed to St Helens on Friday for the weekend. We were on the water by Friday lunchtime and headed for the shelf. Johnny started spewing half way out there and spend the next 2 hours up the front of the boat sleeping. I fished on with the electric reel in 300 meters of water, picking up a couple of nice blue eye, we then headed in close to shore and picked up 10 morwong and 10 flathead before dark.
I know a lot of people who go fishing for the elusive striped trumpeter; this is a very hard fish to catch.
So with this in mind we decided to go fishing for morwong, thinking our chances of achieving our goal would be much easier!
We left for Bicheno at 5.00 am arriving to a sea with a small northerly slop.
Before too long, we were on the water heading out to the GPS mark we were given, hoping to get our bag of “morwong”.
Report from Bailey and Nathan Zanetto from Grants Lagoon and Georges Bay at St.Helens.
At Grants, the boys got onto some nice size bream up to 40cm, lost a couple of good ones too. They also got onto some cocky salmon. The fish were caught on Berkley bream prawns & Squidgy wasabi's. In Georges bay,
Just a short report from Georges Bay at St.Helens from my son Bailey and his cousin Nathan Zanetto. They fished the Bay today and got onto some nice trevally on Dales Yep pearl whites.
They also lost a couple of "real horses", one going around a pylon and breaking Bailey off, Nathan also lost a good one in the weed.That aside, they still nailed a few nice ones all were released.
After several weeks of perseverance trying bait fishing unsuccessfully for striped marlin, the team on Saltshaker today hit the jackpot with the tag and release of an estimated 80 kg striped marlin. The fish was hooked in 58 metres of water 1 mile east of St Helens Point using a combination of teasers and skip baits and live baits. It was eventually hooked on a live jack mackerel. This capture has given the team confidence to persevere with baitfishing and hopefully more anglers will also have a try while these great fish are off our coast in what appear to be good numbers. A fantastic day off St Helens gamefishing and no doubt more to come.
Rocky Carosi, Professional Charters
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We headed to St Helens Caravan Park on Tuesday and came home on Sunday. Fishing was quiet tuff in the bay only catching 8 trevally, 4 bream and lots of other bits and pieces. All trevally were caught on a wide range of plastics and bream on Yep hard bodies. We tried swimming a wide range of hard bodies but the Yep hard bodies were the only ones that would work.
Trev, Bailey and I had a great day at St Helens today fishing in the Tasfish.com Grand slam.
We didn’t manage a win but we did catch all 3 required species of a Trevally, Bream and Salmon, (The required “Grand Slam”).
A big thanks’ goes to Mike Stevens for putting such a fantastic event on and for making all of us who are “learning to bream fish with lures” comfortable enough to fish with the big guns.
We will return next year with much more knowledge (I hope!).
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Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
We did a bit of a runaround Tasmania’s tackle stores to see what their tips for the first month or so of the tackle season were. We asked what the top three places to fish were, plus lures, flies, baits and a few other things.
Here is a rundown on their answers Whenever, and wherever you fish - anywhere, or for any fish in the world - ask the locals and especially ask at the local tackle store. They know what was caught today, yesterday and on what.