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Nautical Terms

Footloose -
The bottom portion of a sail is called the foot. If it is not secured, it is footloose and it dances randomly in the wind.

Whitebait - Compliance and Conservation


Whitebait are small, transparent fishes of around 30 - 70mm in length which migrate into Tasmanian rivers from estuarine and coastal regions each year, typically between August and December. The migratory schools may be composed of six to eight different species of fish, usually dominated by either the Tasmanian whitebait (lovettia sealii) or by juveniles of the common jollytail (Galaxias maculatus). Spotted galaxias (Galaxias tuttaceus), climbing galaxias (Galaxias brevipinnis), Tasmanian mudfish (Galaxias cleaveri) and smelt (Retropinna tasmanica) are also often present in low numbers.

Tidal Talk August 2001

August is birthday month at my place. My wife Helen and two of our three children all raise the same question at the same time - what to get them as gifts.  A new fly rod for Helen? a nice reel for Sam? and a new fly line for Winston? Now that's got possibilities! Might also result in more time to go fishing - alone.
 Speaking of birthdays, the 17th of June marked the eighth year for the recreational fishing management section in the government's Fisheries unit.
That was when Greg Double and I started working together  to help manage and improve the recreational fishery.  So...in eight years, what have we achieved apart from the "odd grey hair" becoming the odd black one?

More Opening Tips

Derwent Huon Tamar Rivers                  

These three Estuary Systems and their sister systems around the State always produce fish early in the season and usually from the opening weekend onwards.

Tips on Starting the Season


Every year this question confronts the avid angler, as gear is prepared in readiness for the approaching opening of yet another trout season. The choices of a water that is likely to produce well early this season are probably more numerous than they have been over the past couple of seasons. Many of the lakes are rising over ground that has been dry for a long time and are sure to have trout, hungry from the recent spawning run. Foraging in numbers over the shallows, they gorge themselves on worms and grubs forced to the surface by the rising water.
So, where to head for opening - brave the elements of the central highlands or go for the milder climate of the lowland lakes and streams?

THE DONGER

The term donger as we all know is the Australian word used to describe a "priest" the angling implement that is used to administer the last rites to our quarry; hence its name.
Now like priests, dongers come in all shapes and sizes, and one Irish angler was wont to call his extra large donger his shillelagh; and indeed it was no surprise to his mates that he could and often did; tuck his donger under his arm. And like the famous song often had a twinkle in his eye.

Bushy the Bream Buster


The bream on lures thing certainly seems to have captured the imagination of anglers on a national scale. I know I am completely sucked in and I know why.  For a start bream are still around in reasonable numbers, you can very often actually watch as they strike or refuse a lure, and they provide a lively fight.  The final clincher is that they are tricky to catch - they react to different lures in different habitats and they require a bit of angler finesse to catch consistently.  Catching bream on lures is a whole different ball game to catching them on bait and I think it is going to eventually be huge in this country. I have only spent a couple of hours in Tassie chasing bream with borrowed gear and lures but I suspect that with a bit of mainstream interest this is going to explode into a big aspect of the sport of Tassie fishing.  Okay, if you are going to try it you need to set yourself up with some effective gear and a few basic techniques to get you off to a successful start.

A Great Tamar Season


I must admit I love fishing - and I love the Tamar River - but this past season has especially amazed me!  It has been a season with a difference!  Warmer water temperatures, up to 22 degrees in some areas, is one major difference and the other factor has been the appearance in large numbers of two exciting fish species which are not commonly caught in the Tamar. 

Winter fishing around Frederick Henry Bay

By the time this edition of Tas. Fishing & Boating News goes to press winter will be upon us, however, this is not the end of the world for "fish-o-holics" as some excellent angling can still be found locally to keep enthusiastic anglers occupied.

Jan's Flys

Like most angler anticipation has already set in for what the coming season may bring. The past season was rather hectic for us. We fished a lot of areas, both near and far, and as always if one happened to be in the right place at the right time fish were caught. Always remember the more you fish the more you achieve in learning to catch fish.

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