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Trouting Destinations - part 2

by Neil Grose

Sick and tired of going fishing to get away from the rat race, only to find them all out fishing as well? Guide and author Neil Grose lets you in on a few destinations big on fishing, and small on people.

Mayflies - the fly and the fishing

by Daniel Hackett

There's something about mayflies, something significant. To the flyfisher they are the epitome of flyfishing - predictably unpredictable mesmerising creatures reeking of mother nature. I think it could be the mayflies ephemeral nature that is so mesmerising, fleeting slivers of beauty, existing above the water's surface for only a matter of hours. They are an order of animal that was given the title Ephemeroptera, derived from the Latin for short lived. Looking at a small dun one day I realised that I was staring at a small living glimpse of prehistoric artwork and furthermore that I was the only person in the world who would ever see it. Perhaps this why they're so special?

Mega Mullet on the fly

by Damon Sherriff

You might have read an article I wrote last year on monster sea mullet of the Tamar...well, this is the sequel to that story.This season, Steve Robinson and I put away the light spinning outfits and dusted the cobwebs off the fly-rods!  We had both caught some impressive mullet of up to 4.5 kg last season on conventional tackle but this season was a race to who could catch the first supercharged mullet on the fly, maybe in the State!

Squidgies in Tasmania

by Steve Starling

During the first half of November, 2002, I was lucky enough to spend eight days touring Tasmania with my good mates and fellow angling communicators, Kaj "Bushy" Busch and Ian "Barra" Miller, as well as Shimano Australia's Managing Director, Mark Mikkelsen, and local Shimano sales rep', Paul Ellis. The purpose of our visit was to promote the Blue Fox Squidgy range of soft plastic lures and accessories that Bushy, Ian and I have designed for the Rapala/VMC Corporation (distributed here in Australia by the good folks at Shimano) and to generally raise soft plastic awareness and skill levels in the Apple Isle.

St Helens Grand Slam results

Everyone was a winner at the www.tasfish.com St Helens Grand Slam held on 24 January at Georges Bay on Tasmania's east coast.

The rollup for a low profile and inaugural event was spectacular with 29 teams and about 70 anglers competing for no prizes. The only thing on offer was three trophies for the top three and an equally spectacular trophy for a "Room for improvement" award.

The big winner on the day was Canteen with a cheque going to them for $1600. Canteen supports young people living with cancer.

The other winners were Michael Haley's team from St Helens in first place, Jamie Henderson from St Helens second and Les Simms team from Devonport third.

Victorians visit Tassie

Hi Mike,

Its Jaymie and Jake from Melbourne that came down to St Helens for 7 days. You took a quick snap of me with the bream with Michael Haley.

Thought we might just say thanks from my brother Jake, Dad and I.

Might also give you a quick insight to how good we thought the fishing was down there in Georges bay.

St Helens bream

by Mike Stevens

After just a couple of years as a (mainly) recreational fishery Georges Bay at St Helens is looking better than ever. I spent a week there over the March long weekend (2000) and the bay was a hive of activity. The jetty and foreshore in the centre of town played host to the increasingly popular St Helens Game Fishing Classic.

Beach anglers snatch rare broadbill from sea by tail.

Excerpt from Rod and Gun

Two beach anglers fishing for salmon off Four Mile Creek on Tasmania's east coast unknowingly may have created an Australian record when they captured what is believed to be a small broadbill after "foul" hooking it with a wobbler attached to a 9 lb breaking strain line.

The lure of wind lanes

by Neil Grose

In the final throes of the season there is still a wide variety of excellent fishing available. The rivers fish well at this time of year, trout in lakes still remember to look up with regularity, and the wet fly is increasingly more reliable. But after a big season of all that, I feel the need for something more memorable, a fishing experience to dull the sharp fingers of winter, the rainbow at the end of the pot of gold.

Cooking

by Michael Bok

With the recent (accidental) release of over 20,000 Atlantic salmon in the Esperance area it was timely to include a couple of sauces that compliment this king of fishes. Both can also be used with tuna which is also being caught in numbers at the moment.

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