Tasmania is blessed with some of the most beautiful, scenic beaches in the world, all containing various numbers of sought after sportfish.
Often species as rare as Tailor, enter out waters with there being a ready supply of Rays, Sharks, Flathead, Whiting, Mullet an the more elusive Blackback Salmon. The fact is, that these secluded beaches are not heavily fished and publicised, like the more popular mainland destinations. As in all fishing there are certain techniques, rigs and baits which will give you the advantage and swing the odds back into your favour.
This year has been one of the best tuna fishing seasons that we've experienced in many years. This has resulted in our house having an abundance of tuna in the freezer.
Trout fishing - as the season winds down most Tasmanian trout waters are closed to angling from the end of April, but there are a few which can be fished throughout May. Greg French explains what each has to offer:
The Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares) is now widely regarded as the ultimate offshore sportfish and has captured the imagination of Tasmania's Sport and Game fishing fraternity. A combination of blistering speed, unlimited power and incredible stamina is what sets the Yellowfin Tuna apart from other sport fish and makes it an awesome opponent.
Wade Whitelaw, Jock Young, Tim Lamb and Russell Bradford from the CSIRO Division of Fisheries recently under took some fisheries research with the help of recreational anglers. This report from them is reproduced in part from, and with permission from Gil Schott's excellent magazine Saltwater Fishing - Issue 5. Available at all good Newsagents.
Rocky Carosi profiles the popular Albacore. Rocky runs a charter fishing outfit, Professional Charters from St Helens. He can be contacted on 03 6376 3083 or 0419 383 362.
As the warm waters of the Eastern Australian current begin to arrive off Tasmania's East Coast, one of the first game fish to show is the albacore Tuna (Thunnus alaunga). Tasmania's salt water game fishers eagerly await the arrival of "˜Albies"which are the mainstay of Tasmania's temperate water game fishing season.
Lure fishing for Bream is quite popular on the Mainland. It is not widely practised in Tasmania. Dwayne Righy of Hobart explains his techniques and the lures that have brought him success in the South of Tasmania.
Bait fishing with live bait is one of the best ways to catch fish - after all, it's natural. Recently Kevin Mulligan applied to the Inland Fisheries Commission for a licence to sell live mudeyes. After Kevin satisfied stringent criteria by the Inland Fisheries Commission he received a licence. One of the most important criteria was that the Mudeyes he uses and the areas he catches them in pose no threat to our trout fishery.
Michael Bok loves his food and cooking almost as much as his fishing. Michael has agreed to share some of his favourite recipes in what will be a regular column.
On December 27 a young man lost his lucky hat. This incident took place somewhere on the Tamar River at around 3:00 pm. The Hot Tuna hat is grey and faded, and has a picture of a fish on the front.
Bronte Lagoon is the most centrally situated water in Tasmania. It fishes very well throughout the year, but one must vary the techniques used. This profile is by Greg French and Rob Sloane and was first published in their book "Trout Guide", which is still available at book and tackle stores. Thanks also go to Harold Cornelius and Denis Wiss for their help.
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During the trout off-season I tend to spend a bit of time chasing bream, to continue getting a fishing fix, and spend time tying flies and dreaming about the trout season to come. It’s a time to spend doing tackle maintenance, stocking up on lures and dreaming up new challenges and goals for the trout season ahead. When the new season comes around I usually spend the first few months targeting sea runners. Sea run trout are simply brown trout that spend much of there lives out to sea and come in to the estuaries for spawning and to feed on whitebait and the other small endemic fishes that spawn in late winter through spring. Mixed in with the silvery sea runners you can also expect to catch resident fish that have the typical dark colours of a normal brown trout as well as atlantic salmon in some of our estuaries that are located near salmon farm pens. Living in Hobart it is quick and easy to do a trip on the Huon or Derwent and is a more comfortable proposition compared to a trip up to the highlands with snow and freezing winds to contend with.Read more ...