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Preparing For The Coming Game Fishing Season


By the time this edition of Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News goes to press the coming game fishing season will be almost upon us. At the time of writing this article the 18-19 degree water currents that we all wait for were level with the northern tip of Flinders Island, an almost certain indication that the game season will get under way a lot earlier than would normally be expected.
Time to pull out the tackle and brush off the cobwebs in preparation for what promises to be an excellent season.

Dry Flys With Attitude

If there has been one single revolution in Tasmanian fly fishing in the last three years, it would have to be the use of the English style reservoir dry flies. Popularly known as the pommy" dries, these bright little numbers have taken loch style fishing in the Tasmanian entral highlands by storm. There has been quite a bit written about them lately, and as he technique is developed even further, no doubt a few more thousand words will be pawned in fly fishing publications.

Ask The Guru

GURU
" An acknowledged expert, a teacher"
In this issue we begin a new column for readers to ask the questions they
were always too afraid to ask. Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News has
assembled the best fishing brains in the business to answer your questions.

To start off we have put together a few sample questions, to give readers an
idea of what is involved.

Blue Peaks - Bob Cooper

Here Bob Cooper lets us in on what the devil he gets up to in the Blue Peaks region of the Central Plateau. Bob is well known in angling circles for his capacity to walk great distances whilst claiming to be fishing. In his own unique style, Bob gives us the run down on a magnificent part of Tasmania.

Hot Spots

There has been some terrific fishing on the far north west of Tasmania - especially around Smithton and Stanley.
The whole of the northern coast has been fishing well for larger than usual flathead as they move in to shore with warmer water.

A Brief Look at Overhead Reels.

For many people looking at getting into game fishing for the first time, the myriad of options available when it comes to tackle can be almost overwhelming.
An in depth look at every overhead reel available on the market today would take up the whole magazine and probably bore you to death. The following is intended purely as a rough guide only for those interested in investing in their first overhead style reel.

Lures - Size and Colour Does it Matter


Ask most keen anglers this question and the answer would be yes.  Lure trolling is just one form of saltwater gamefishing on Tasmania's east coast and by far the most popular choice.  
The reason for lure trolling being so popular, is that it has been proven to be successful for catching all the tuna species, striped marlin and the occasional mako shark.

River Rafting Reflections

There are some fishing experiences that simply change the way that you go about finding trout. Spending time on a river hunting fish creates so many fishing memories in just one day, that for one of those days to stand out means that it is very special indeed. An experience I will never forget is one of rafting down the Macquarie River near Launceston with Andrew Harker; a well known river rafting guide. Also accompanying me on that sensational day was Neil Grose and Andrew's daughter Sophie. 

CHASING TAMAR GOLD


When I was a youngster I remember my grandfather, Mr Benjamin Sherriff, telling me a story of giant green-backed fish which he saw at a certain pylon in the Tamar River. Sadly, grandad passed away in 1985, when I was 11 years old.  However, I always wondered, in the years following, what these giant fish could be? I will never know for sure... but I have a reasonable idea they were yellowtail kingfish.

HOW GOOD IS DUCK BAY GOING TO GET?

This seems to be the question that many anglers in the Circular Head
district are asking themselves lately. The varieties of fish being
caught have suprised the locals, with no doubt the 13 kilo snapper in
October being the highlight. Other species that have been caught in the
sporting fashion that are not usually common are King George Whiting,
pike and the snotty trevally. Throw in a few Australian Salmon, silver
trevally, gummy shark, mullet, tailor and the odd double figure flathead
and you have one of the most productive and improving estuary fishery
this state has seen in modern times.

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