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Sea-run trout fishing this year got off to a cracking start in most areas, with the majority of anglers employing nearly every trout fishing technique to secure fish in local estuaries statewide.
Even those anglers fishing the "off-season" lower down in our estuaries for sea-trout commented on the number of fish moving in early August.
DR James Haddy from IMAS in Launceston is running a King George whiting frame donation research program. It appears that the adult whiting move out of the estuaries to spawn in deeper coastal areas up to 100m deep in April, and although he has sampled over 588 fish so far, he doesn’t have any mature/spawning fish captured in April. This is despite 7 years of sample collection. Information on adult whiting is important to assess the current minimum legal size of whiting in Tasmania. Currently, the smallest mature female recorded in Tasmania measured 37cm in total length with the next smallest individual measuring 40cm TL. What he needs is if anybody catches a whiting (particularly in coastal waters in APRIL) is to donate the fish frame for science. So instead of throwing the fish in the bin or back in the water after its been filleted.
Everyone is invited to our public forum in Devonport to discuss local recreational fishing issues and hear presentations from IMAS researchers and DPIPWE fishery managers.
Bluespot and rock flathead, King George whiting, short fin pike, garfish and estuary perch - a snapshot of key recreational fish biology.
New fish, new fishing opportunities? A case study of Tasmanian kingfish.
Calamari - what's the catch? What we know about growth and spawning closures.
Rock lobster - what's happening in the far north west plus East Coast rebuilding.
Forum discussion - your questions answered.
DATE: Monday, 16 April, 6.30 - 8.00pm
VENUE: Mersey Yacht Club, 6 Anchor Drive, East Devonport
Easter is a great time to get back to nature and drop a line in the water. Recharge and enjoy the natural beauty that Tasmania has to offer.
With only a month of the brown trout open season to go – get out there and make the most of it.
The recent rain falling at Bronte Lagoon should see some water filling the mash creating a smorgasbord of drowned terrestrials for tailing fish.
Who needs Easter eggs when there are scallops to be caught? The recreational season is now open except for the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.
Measuring gauges are available from Service Tasmania outlets.
Remember to measure and count scallops underwater as you dive. Highgrading your catch is not allowed, that is, you can't bring more than your daily bag limit of 50 scallops back to your boat and sort them there.
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The logbook information provides important size and weight data that feeds into the Survey of Tasmanian Recreational Fishers to provide total catch estimates by weight.
Features include: Where to Fish, What will I Catch and Local Fishing Facts. Plus a quick guide to Tassie fishing rules. Great for beginner fishers, tourists and families. Regions covered are:
East Coast, St Helens, the North East and Flinders Island;
Tamar Estuary, Devonport and Port Sorell, and the North West Coast;
Macquarie Harbour and King Island; and
Bruny D'Entrecasteaux Region, Derwent Estuary and the Tasman Peninsula
Hobart - Recreational Fishing in Tasmania for International Visitors and New Migrants
Fishers from culturally diverse backgrounds including Mandarin speakers are invited to an information session to learn more about fishing in Tasmania. Listen to talks from DPIPWE Fisheries, Fishcare Volunteers and Tasmania Marine Police officers and participate in practical workshops about identifying and measuring fish. English/Mandarin interpreters will be present.
Results from rock lobster sampled from the Maria Island Biotoxin Zone indicate PST levels below the regulatory limit.
The MARIA ISLAND ZONE will open:
· for setting rock lobster pots, at 13:00 on Saturday 17 February 2018; and,
· for taking rock lobster, pulling pots, rock lobster rings and diving for rock lobster, at 00:01 a.m. on Sunday 18 February 2018.
Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
Results from rock lobster sampled from the Central East Zone indicate PST levels below the regulatory limit.
PST levels in rock lobster sampled from the Maria Island Zone were not under the regulatory limit. PST levels have substantially decreased in recent weeks and lobsters will be sampled from this Zone next week.
The CENTRAL EAST ZONE will open:
for setting rock lobster pots, at 17:00 on Monday 22 January 2018; and,
for taking rock lobster, pulling pots, rock lobster rings and diving for rock lobster, at 00:01 a.m. on Tuesday 23 January 2018.
THE MARIA ISLAND ROCK LOBSTER ZONE REMAINS CLOSED TO TAKING ROCK LOBSTER.
Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
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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 ...