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Fishing for trout in Tasmania with live mudeyes

by Ralph Crawford

Live bait fishing is one of the most basic techniques used in fishing. Refining the art to a high and skilful level, however, is Ralph Crawford from Glenorchy. In this article Ralph explains the techniques he has employed over many years; techniques that have had excellent results.

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St Helens Report 4/6/2013

I had spoken to Jamie Henderson  late last week (from St Helens bait n tackle) and he assured me that Georges bay was on fire. So armed with information straight from a local fishing guru, i set the plan for taking a day off into motion today. With 5 knot wind and 17 degrees forecast Trev decided it probably would be better to come and keep an eye on me rather than go to school.

Dolphinfish at St Helens

Hi all just a few photos of our rare dolphinfish catch Saturday 9 March on the cliffs. Weather was a bit dodgy but stayed there for a while caught plenty of albies both days and stripies. Also lost a good fish that ripped out over 300 metres of line, but that's fishing. When we hooked and landed the three dolphinfish we went back around over the same spot and hooked up three small kingfish. Two were landed and one dropped. All in all good weekend.
Cheers, Craig Shipton

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 St Helens Report 3/3/2013

We just got home from a tuna trip down at St.Helens with my brother Steve and his partner Viv. We arrived at the ramp around 8am this morning and fished until around 1.30pm. We caught around 16 albacore and a couple of stripy tuna. Most of the hook ups came from the 100 metre mark, we did troll out to the Plateau and all we caught out there was a stripy.

St Helens 17/2/2013

Shippy gave me a ring to see if I would like to come tuna fishing at St Helens along with with Andrew and Evan. We left Launceston at 3.30am on Saturday morning arriving at St Helens about 5.30.
We headed to the shelf, got to the 100 meter mark and the rods went off, a nice albacore about 6kg. Start up, rods went off again, 2 more,  moved a bit further 3 more, then 3 more we had 10 by 8 o'clock,... good morning so far .

St Helens Report November Long Weekend

We headed to the caravan park at St Helens for the long weekend. We had a very memorable trip fishing Georges bay and Scamander River. We smashed the trevally losing count of how many we caught but it was a lot. The biggest two being 43cm but there were quite a few over 40cm all on plastics.

St Helens Report 16/10/2012

Here are some pics of Bailey Zanetto and his cousin Nathan at Georges Bay, St.Helens. Some nice trevally, some good blackback and cockys were caught as well. Also caught some bream at the Scamander River, but no pics of them.
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO

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St Helens Report 28/7/2012

We headed to St Helens on Friday for the weekend. We were on the water by Friday lunchtime and headed for the shelf. Johnny started spewing half way out there and spend the next 2 hours up the front of the boat sleeping. I fished on with the electric reel in 300 meters of water, picking up a couple of nice blue eye, we then headed in close to shore and picked up 10 morwong and 10 flathead before dark.

Morwong Hunters

I know a lot of people who go fishing for the elusive striped trumpeter; this is a very hard fish to catch.
So with this in mind we decided to go fishing for morwong, thinking our chances of achieving our goal would be much easier!
We left for Bicheno at 5.00 am arriving to a sea with a small northerly slop.
Before too long, we were on the water heading out to the GPS mark we were given, hoping to get our bag of “morwong”.

Grants Lagoon, Georges Bay 18/6/2012

Report from Bailey and Nathan Zanetto from Grants Lagoon and Georges Bay at St.Helens.
At Grants, the boys got onto some nice size bream up to 40cm, lost a couple of good ones too. They also got onto some cocky salmon. The fish were caught on Berkley bream prawns & Squidgy wasabi's. In Georges bay,

Saltwater Report 20/5/2012

Just a short report from Georges Bay at St.Helens from my son Bailey and his cousin Nathan Zanetto. They fished the Bay today and got onto some nice trevally on Dales Yep pearl whites.
They also lost a couple of "real horses", one going around a pylon and breaking Bailey off, Nathan also lost a good one in the weed.That aside, they still nailed a few nice ones all were released.

Striped Marlin - tagged and released at St Helens

After several weeks of perseverance trying bait fishing unsuccessfully for striped marlin, the team on Saltshaker today hit the jackpot with the tag and release of an estimated 80 kg striped marlin. The fish was hooked in 58 metres of water 1 mile east of St Helens Point using a combination of teasers and skip baits and live baits. It was eventually hooked on a live jack mackerel. This capture has given the team confidence to persevere with baitfishing and hopefully more anglers will also have a try while these great fish are off our coast in what appear to be good numbers. A fantastic day off St Helens gamefishing and no doubt more to come.
Rocky Carosi, Professional Charters
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George's Bay and Grand Slam

We headed to St Helens Caravan Park on Tuesday and came home on Sunday. Fishing was quiet tuff in the bay only catching 8 trevally, 4 bream and lots of other bits and pieces. All trevally were caught on a wide range of plastics and bream on Yep hard bodies. We tried swimming a wide range of hard bodies but the Yep hard bodies were the only ones that would work.

Grand Slam 2012-Dale, Trev and Bailey

Trev, Bailey and I had a great day at St Helens today fishing in the Tasfish.com Grand slam.
We didn’t manage a win but we did catch all 3 required species of a Trevally, Bream and Salmon, (The required “Grand Slam”).
A big thanks’ goes to Mike Stevens for putting such a fantastic event on and for making all of us who are “learning to bream fish with lures” comfortable enough to fish with the big guns.
We will return next year with much more knowledge (I hope!).

St.Helens & Shark at Garden Island

I just got back from St.Helens where I had a fish with my brother Stephen.
I was tied up doing chores at the shack yesterday, so today we went out for about 4 hours for a good feed of morwong, we were after a stripy, but it was not to be this time.
We then went for a troll at the 100 metre mark for some albacore and boated three.

St Helens Christmas 2011

On a trip to St Helens over the Christmas, had the usual home cooked Christmas dinner and Boxing day holiday. I wasn't to know these were going to be the best days for fishing while we were there. On Monday night went to set my craypot but got beaten by a strong south easterly wind, so the cray got to live another day.

St Helens Report 31/12/2011

Just got back from St.Helens, spent a couple of days fishing in Georges Bay and Grants Lagoon with Bailey, my brother Paul and his son Nathan.  We caught a few salmon and a couple of grass whiting over some sand flats and Nathan lost a really big bream right at the boat.  In Grants lagoon we caught some big trevally, bream and flathead, also got around 10 dozen prawns from here on Tuesday night.  We also got a pic of a nice Thresher shark caught up the coast from shore (pics may not be very clear as they were taken from a mobile).

 

Upper Scamander River and Georges Bay at St.Helens Report

I have been working down at St.Helens last week, so Bailey caught the bus down on Friday to have a fish with me on the weekend.

Georges Bay, Grants Lagoon and Scamander River 14 September

We arrived at St Helens caravan park on Wednesday at 11am and was on Georges bay at noon. The wind was blowing 20 knot north westerlies with stronger gusts coming through so we launched the boat at Akaroa. We fished wherever we could get out of the wind, casting 1/8 jigheads with a wide range of soft plastics.

St Helens Saturday 16th July 2011

Mike Stevens rang last night and invited me to join him for a trip down to St Helens today, "plenty of big Australian Salmon about, we should have a bit of fun" ......were his words. That was an understatement.

St Helens June 12th 2011

Patrick, Stu and I went to St Helens on Sunday.  Monday we fished near St Helens Island for 12 flathead and 7 Morwong.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we fished the Bay for Garfish and Blackback - catching 78 Garfish - biggest 55cms.  Blackback all around the 3 - 4 lb.  Barway black with all the Salmon.  Weather perfect.
Cheers Jamie - Morehouse Fishing Charters

Georges Bay June 13 2001

Hi all. We took Bailey and Nathan for a fish in Georges Bay this afternoon (June 13th) using soft plastics. Fished up near the oyster racks and got onto some nice mullet, cocky salmon and blackback salmon, lost a big trevally right at the boat, hooks pulling free.

Georges Bay

Fished Georges Bay last Saturday and had a couple of hours catching garfish,mullet,cocky salmon and leatherjackets,it didn’t take long for the berley to start working,we caught around 30 fish,fished the incoming tide near the oyster leases,my brother Paul and his mate went out passed the barway to the sunken boat and flicked softies around and caught some good blackback.
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO

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