Harts Hints - Handling the Catch

by Andrew Hart

You've don't it! You've landed what you were after and a good size fish it is too! Finally, you can take home something for the table. You can't wait to show off your catch and then enjoy a tasty and nutritious meal. You've done the hard work! Or have you?

Pump your own bait

Michael Bok tells where, how and why.

At times gathering bait is almost as much fun as fishing itself and the rewards from catching better fish on fresh caught bait are great. A bait pump is a great help if you fish out coastal or estuary environments. What is a bait pump?

Boating techniques - improving your catch rate

Trout guide, Peter Hayes explains some of the techniques he uses that will help improve your catch rate.

As I stand at the door of my Great Lake shack the eleventh day of February is just four hours old. The morning is black and remarkably quiet. Around me the trees seem hypnotised by the stillness in the air. This is a rare and beautiful moment in the highlands of Tasmania and you need to rise early to witness it.

Kids Stuff - building a handline

by Michael Bok

Hey kids do you want to try out fishing? You don't need a rod or reel because we'll build a handline and then have a go off the nearest jetty, pier or out of a boat.

You will need the following items:

Best Baits - Pretty fish

by Philip Ellerton

At this time of year, most budding trout anglers are right back into the swing of things. That is not only the freshwater anglers but also the saltwater enthusiasts. That is why this issue I have decided to discuss pretty fish, pretty fish being a commonly and very effectively used bait catching a variety of species from sea-run trout to salmon, bream and flathead.

Rick Huckstepp looks at one of Australia's most versatile lures

Versatility is an attribute not often found in singular lures available to the Australian angler. Sure, there are some that swim fast and slow, with ease. Some have adjustable bibs that allow them to dive deep or shallow as required.

Looking at Lures - Trolling for Squid

Michael Bok is always looking at "new ways to skin a cat'.

Trolling lures for squid is a technique that  Michael has spent quite a lot of time trying. Contrary to what most people think you can catch squid by trolling a lure, rather than just jigging for them. It requires a little bit of homework and research to produce results, but it is worth the effort.

Getting started

Rodney Woodward explains the easy way to get started on the fishing journey.

With the weather on the improve, and school holidays on us, many people decide to take up the sport of fishing. Retirees, children or friends are all opportune targets for you to hook on this wonderful sport. Getting started is tough though, with a huge number of choices to make before you start actually fishing. Just choosing a rod and reel is difficult.

Soft plastic lures - great value and great fish catchers

by Andrew Hart

For many years soft, plastic lures have been available to the fishing public. These lures have never had any real variety or shape and the only fish they have had any success on in Tasmania is the ubiquitous Flathead.

First aid - be prepared

by Danny Simms

Lifejackets, flares, radios; fairly common equipment on board your modern and not so modern fishing craft. All very worthy and necessary safety equipment to assist in emergency situations. What about the humble first aid kit? Too often forgotten or at best, sadly neglected.

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