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.
Thought it was about time to send in a photo and share story of a nice big fish. Caught this 6.2kg atlantic salmon late afternoon Monday, May 14 with assistance of colleagues who found not only was the net too small but that the fish so heavy it had to be dragged ashore.
Two weeks ago, myself and long time workmate, (Gary Garwood), took a voluntary redundancy package from Aurora, ..between us we had been employed there for over 60 years. Gary actually trained me as an apprentice linesman all those years ago. Before we left Aurora, we said," whilst we were unemployed" we would try and get together for a fish as often as we could, as a way of staying in touch with each other.
I woke up Saturday morning not to early, looked outside through the bedroom window and knew it would be a great day to go fishing. I thought Brushy's would be good, try and catch a salmon or two. So my lovely wife made some lunch and a thermos of coffee for me while I hooked the boat up to the car.
I rang my brother Dom up to see if he was keen to go as well, he was so I headed off and pick him up on the way. We arrived at Brushy's around 10am put the boat in and slowly trolled towards the dam wall. There were about eight people fishing off the wall and three boats as well as a couple kayaks working the lagoon.
Arrived around 8.30 this morning it was a bit breezy but okay. Victor took off up the dam wall with his spin rod. I went out in the Purdon with my fly rod.
After a short while Victor landed a 2 1/2 pound Salmon. Then topped it off with a 15 pound Rainbow an hour later. I had no luck but tomorrow is another day we are off to Lake Leake.
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Brushy Lagoon was built in 1987 by the Forestry Commission to store water for the purpose of fighting fires in the area. The lake is located in the northern part of Tasmania surrounded by state forest. Turn off the Frankford Road (B71) or Biralee Road (B72) from Westbury, onto Priestley Lane (C714). From here you take a gravel road to the lake. There are two boat ramps, one at the southern end at the dam wall, and the other halfway along the eastern shore.
Brushy Lagoon is one of a handful of waters that the public has the chance to fish for four different sought after species - Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout. In addition there are often plague proportions of redfin perch taking bait, fly or lures intended for the trout or salmon. Late August 2004 saw excellent fishing at Brushy, with double figure trophy salmon falling to all methods, so if your after the chance of a brook trout or Atlantic salmon close to home, then head for Brushy Lagoon.
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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.