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Georges Bay Boom

Mike Stevens spends his summer holidays at St Helens. He has noticed a great improvement in the fishing over the last summer - especially for salmon, tailor and bream. Mike gives a few tips on how you can find some of the big Australian salmon and tailor he has been catching.
Unexpected catches can be some of the most satisfying of all. Planned trips and planned catches are the "norm" and whilst they can be fantastic the surprise catches are somehow special.
Early January is beach time for our family, and this usually means St Helens. The trout are forgotten for a while and we turn to bait, lure and fly. It is really an eclectic mixture of fishing - mostly in Georges Bay.

Propellors getting it right

Propellors can make the difference a great boat with a good performance and economy and a dog of a boat. Rick Huckstepp explains how you can get the best from your boat.
The "in" word in the new boat sales industry has for the past five years, been, "packages'.
A package allows one to walk into a showroom or yard and purchase a complete unit, hitch it onto the vehicle and go fishing. Sounds easy, doesn't it?

Rocky's Six Best Game Fishing Lures

Mike Stevens interviewed Rocky Carosi on his 35" charter boat Saltshaker. These are his six top lures and ones he recommends to Tasmanian gamefishers. Rocky runs professional charters out of St Helens and for bookings can be contacted on 63 763 083.

The Potent Possum Flies

Andrew Pender looks at what is one of the most easily found fly tying materials - possum fur.
Brush tail possum fur certainly seems to have come into vogue as a fly material over the past few years. I had heard about the potential of possum fur plenty of times, but always dismissed it as just the same as any other fur. That was until a friend gave me some to try out.

Carp reduction program continues

Paul Donkers (Technical Officer-Carp Management IFS) outlines the latest progress.
European carp were introduced to mainland Australia in 1872. Their adaptability and fecundity have ensured their present position as the predominant fish species in the Murray-Darling basin and many other waterways on the mainland.

Flathead Fly fishing tips and tactics

Before we start the following is just a guide to get you started. Don't use the concepts presented here as absolutes, mold them to suit your needs, skill level and equipment.

The key to a catching a flathead is understanding their habits. Most predators in this world hunt their food. They head out into their marked territory and find their prey, stalking their prey and then attacking at the opportune time. Alternatively a few predators wait for the game to come to them, one such predator is the Flathead.

Downrigger fishing

Downrigger fishing is a method almost exclusively associated with trolling at depth. In depths of water from 1 - 200 metres a separate braided stainless steel wire line and weight take your bait or lure to your desired depth. When a fish hits your bait, your line is released and you fight the fish on your rod and reel, with no heavy line or weight to battle. Downrigging while trolling is without doubt the most accurate way of presenting a lure or bait at depth, but there is no reason why this technique can't be employed for other fishing methods.

Sabiki Rigs

When I am not fishing for big snapper, most of the time I am fishing for trevally, mullet, tailor and salmon.  

One of the best ways of catching these species is to use a Sabiki rig. A Sabiki rig is a basic paternoster rig with a team of attractor flies and sometimes a sliding lumo bead.
It is a truly deadly way to catch small to medium sized fish. 

Pontoon Fishing in the Tamar

As most of you would probably know, I love fishing the Tamar.  Unfortunately, lately, due to work and family commitments, I don't have quite as much time to fish but, after work,  when time allows, one thing I really do enjoy is fishing the new Tamar pontoons.  The pontoons are placed at intervals right along the estuary.  In this article, I am going to run through the Tamar pontoons and give you some general information on the species you may catch, techniques, bait, peak times, tides and modern rigs all of which may make the difference between no fish and a fine brace.

Tidal Talk December 2001

I think I've mentioned before that I went to New Zealand last year to look at their fishery management and to talk about communication. I remember expressing my surprise at the discovery there are no flathead in new Zealand .....but they do have snapper and blue cod.

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