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.
Recreational Sea Fishing Guide
Do you have the tools you need to fish within the rules? Supplies of the 2019-20 Recreational Sea Fishing Guide, plastic tackle box rulers and boat sticker rulers are available from Service Tasmania and tackle shops.
Abalone gauges and a new rock lobster multi-gauge which includes the North West Zone 120mm female size limit will be available in Service Tasmania shops soon. Some tackle shops will also have supplies.
Abalone: Regional bag and boat limits and new specifications for tools to measure and take abalone apply from 1 November. Check the rules before you go fishing.
Rock Lobster: The size limit for female rock lobster in the North West Zone has increased to 120mm (see map). Fishers cannot possess female lobster smaller than 120mm inside this zone or when transiting from outside the zone to inside it.
Recreational sea fishing licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, nets and set lines are now available online and at Service Tasmania.
The recreational rock lobster season opens this Saturday 2 November in all waters except the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone so don't get caught out without a licence.
Tuesday, 15 October
Squid closure starts in upper south East Coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage.
Sunday, 20 October
Gone Fishing Day - see free fishing events around the state.
Friday, 1 November
Striped trumpeter re-opens for recreational and commercial fishing
Saturday, 2 November
Waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone open for recreational rock lobster fishing.
The East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone opens for recreational rock lobster fishing.
A biotoxin update relating to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins in bivalve shellfish and rock lobster research samples in Mercury Passage on the East Coast is now available on our website. Read the full update.
There is also a current Public Health alert warning not to eat recreationally harvested wild shellfish from the Mercury Passage and Spring Bay regions. Wild shellfish includes: oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, cockles and wedge shells. Seafood in shops and restaurants is safe to eat.
Why not become a Fishcare volunteer? It's a great way to do your bit for sustainable fishing in Tasmania.
What volunteers do:
· Run exhibits at outdoor and regional shows, AgFest and Liawenee weekend;
· Run fishing clinics for juniors and pass on practical fishing tips;
· Maintain local fishing signs and rulers.
Fishcare operates in all regions of the State. We particularly need new volunteers in the following areas: St Helens, Triabunna, Smithton, Port Sorell, Tasman Peninsula and Dover. Training sessions for new volunteers are being held soon.
Sunday 20 October is national Gone Fishing Day. Time to get out on the water with family and friends to celebrate all that's great about fishing in Tassie! It doesn't matter if you haven't fished before - join in one of the free events below
The Inland Fisheries Service installed an information sign in the car park at Tasmania’s newest fishery, Camden Dam in the north east last week. Camden Dam is situated approx. 10 km south of Targa via Camden Hills Rd and East Diddleum Road. There is one designated public access point and car park on the eastern side of the dam.
Anglers should be aware that there are numerous hazards around and in the dam such as floating debris and tripping hazards. Foot access is permitted around much of the lake however the dam structure, spillway and Camden Rivulet below the dam are strictly no access areas.
Motorised boating is not permitted however canoes and kayaks powered by manual propulsion are allowed. Kayakers should be particularly careful of submerged trees and floating debris.
PWS advise that the boom gate on Lake Augusta Rd was opened for public access as of 4th October 2019.
Vehicular access to Lake Pillans and Double and Talinah Lagoons will remain closed with a view to reopen on 1st November (approximately) subject to road inspections determining conditions are suitable for vehicular traffic.
For any further information please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 67012104
INLAND FISHERIES ADVISORY COUNCIL
Expressions of Interest are invited for appointments to the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council (IFAC).
Established under Section 20A of the Inland Fisheries Act 1995, IFAC is the advisory body for matters relating to inland fisheries.
In broad terms, the role of IFAC is to provide strategic advice to the Minister on freshwater fisheries management and fisheries policy.
Women are encouraged to apply. The Tasmanian Government is committed to a target of 50% representation of women across Tasmanian Government boards and committees by July 2020.
For more information go to www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csrt/programs_and_services/women_on_boards_and_committees
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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 ...