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.
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!).
I just got back from St.Helens where I had a fish with my brother Stephen.
I was tied up doing chores at the shack yesterday, so today we went out for about 4 hours for a good feed of morwong, we were after a stripy, but it was not to be this time.
We then went for a troll at the 100 metre mark for some albacore and boated three.
On a trip to St Helens over the Christmas, had the usual home cooked Christmas dinner and Boxing day holiday. I wasn't to know these were going to be the best days for fishing while we were there. On Monday night went to set my craypot but got beaten by a strong south easterly wind, so the cray got to live another day.
Just got back from St.Helens, spent a couple of days fishing in Georges Bay and Grants Lagoon with Bailey, my brother Paul and his son Nathan. We caught a few salmon and a couple of grass whiting over some sand flats and Nathan lost a really big bream right at the boat. In Grants lagoon we caught some big trevally, bream and flathead, also got around 10 dozen prawns from here on Tuesday night. We also got a pic of a nice Thresher shark caught up the coast from shore (pics may not be very clear as they were taken from a mobile).
I have been working down at St.Helens last week, so Bailey caught the bus down on Friday to have a fish with me on the weekend.
We arrived at St Helens caravan park on Wednesday at 11am and was on Georges bay at noon. The wind was blowing 20 knot north westerlies with stronger gusts coming through so we launched the boat at Akaroa. We fished wherever we could get out of the wind, casting 1/8 jigheads with a wide range of soft plastics.
Mike Stevens rang last night and invited me to join him for a trip down to St Helens today, "plenty of big Australian Salmon about, we should have a bit of fun" ......were his words. That was an understatement.
Patrick, Stu and I went to St Helens on Sunday. Monday we fished near St Helens Island for 12 flathead and 7 Morwong.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we fished the Bay for Garfish and Blackback - catching 78 Garfish - biggest 55cms. Blackback all around the 3 - 4 lb. Barway black with all the Salmon. Weather perfect.
Cheers Jamie - Morehouse Fishing Charters
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Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Christopher Bassano fishes over 250 days a year. This interview was recorded just before he headed off to fish for Australia in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Norway 14-17 August 2013.
I live on a small stream and at the start of the season I like to go off on a bit of a discovery mission and fish the headwaters of the creeks and rivers I feel an affinity with.
These small rivers include the St Pats, Meander, Forester, Little Forester and others. The further up you go on these rivers the clearer and lower the levels. They are often less affected by the rain and runoff and you get some good opportunities. Get as close to the source as you can and you will find some good dry fly fishing. Don’t limit yourself to those I have mentioned. Most headwaters will hold trout.Read more ...