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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.

Snapper-Effort Equals Rewards

   Snapper are definitely Tasmania's premier estuary inshore sports fish.  They are caught from as far west as Smithton, all along the Northern Tasmanian coast to the far south-east where the occasional fish is reported.  To me, Snapper have the lot - good looks, hard fighting and delicious eating qualities. (My father does not eat seafood of any type, but loves a meal of Snapper.)

Chasing BIG Trout - The Protein Theory


In this very informative article, Inland Fisheries scientist Rodney Walker reveals some innovate British lake fishing methods that just might undo the big fish we all know exist down there in our favourite lakes.

Dam Wall Fishing

I said to the missus the other day "I'm going dam fishing", she said " you can either rephrase that statement or you can please your damn well self". I rephrased it, after all the work done during the off season building up brownie points I couldn't afford to blow it.

Tidal Talk April 2001

Look after the Easter Stocks

So Easter is upon us again - another great chance to do some fishing and a great time for rabbits (unless they are chocolate)  
But it's not such a great time of the year if you happen to be a fish.
This year for Easter, let's take particular care to do the right thing and let's all do our bit to make sure we have fish for the future.
If I may, I'd like to offer just a few pointers...... nothing new, but every bit helps.  

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