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.
Poor results in fly fishing are one of those things that has always promoted lateral thinking. It has spurned better rods so longer casts can be made; a plethora of flies running to thousands of different patterns that will surely fool a trout, hundreds of different types of tippet material - including the supposedly invisible fluorocarbon. None of these are a panacea - and all fly fishers know the answer is not always available. Sometimes the fish just aren't eating. Many a lake fisher will tell of those dreaded days when stillness, sun and temperature combine to create horror conditions for fishing. As bad as a day as this might be for anglers - my wife would - for her pursuits as a sun worshipper call it perfect.
I had a lovely Easter Saturday with victorian fly tier, Muz Wilson and his mate Shaun Ash from Queensland at St Helens. Whilst we were fishing for bream on fly it seemed they were few and far between. We did find an occasional bream, but they were spooky and uncooperative. So off we went in search of some silver trevally.
The particular species of garfish that is common to Tasmanian waters, especially during winter, is the Southern sea garfish. It is found in most Southern Australian states both in the open ocean and throughout our estuary systems. They are predominantly a herbivore and feed mainly on varying species of sea grass, algal filaments and small amounts of crustaceans. They spawn in shallow sea grass beds throughout the summer months October to March.Georges Bay becomes a hot spot for big fat XOS sized garfish from April onwards and when a hot garfish bite is on dozens of boats line up to jostle for a position along the main channel leading out to the barway
A slow start to the gamefishing season has received a huge boost with some spectacular catches of 20 - 35 kg southern bluefin tuna off Tasmania's east coast. On Thursday 5th March there were reports of SBT being caught between Yellow Rock and The Thumbs on the Tasman Peninsula and during the St Helens Game Fishing Classic there were 17 SBT landed. Over the same weekend 7-8 March, plenty more were landed off the Tasman Peninsula.
No one knows what will happen to these bluefin that traditionally start a little later in the year, but it is fair to say there will be a lot of effort put into this fishery over the Easter break.
Southern bluefin tuna are a premium fish that are the most highly regarded sashimi by the Japanese. If you are lucky enough to catch one treat it properly to ensure the quality is at its best once back to shore.
Tasmanians love going fishing in the sea and are having a say in changes to the management of the scalefish fiishery planned to come into effect later this year.
University of Tasmania surveys reveal that one in three Tasmanians wets a line in marine waters each year, making it one of the State's most popular activities.
Hadley Deegan, dealer principal at Deegan Marine recently announced the upgrade of their new website.
'This will allow us to keep boaters completely up to date with the latest developments and all the boats we have available.'
'We have a huge range of boats and boaters can sit in the comfort of their home and peruse new and used boats. This is something we have been working on for a long time and it will be a work in progress" Hadley explained. "Our slogan We Take Tasmania Boating is testament to the wide range of boats and services we offer."
Check out www.deeganmarine.com.au
The original Emu Squid fly was developed while I was working in Whyalla SA. Most of this work was with the millennium bug project for BHP's computer systems. The real reason was the great fishing in the area. Salmon, King George Whiting, Snapper, Yellowtail Kingfish and many other species - the only reason I took the job in the first place.
Tooms lake has always been a very good, if underrated, water, but over the last six or seven years it has fished extraordinarily well and visitation has increased dramatically. Greg French profiles this remarkable fishery.
One of the most challenging fly fishing situations one can find themselves in is during the developmental stages of fly fishing. Combine this with a size twenty two fly and trout almost as tricky as those tailers at Little Pine and you have yourself a certain recipe for frustration and you begin to question yourself, "what am I doing here at 4.30am?"
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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.