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Today I was in two minds of whether to go and wet a line or not given the forecast was for cold and wet conditions. It was a little cloudy here and very cool but it didn't look like it was going rain for quite some time, so I decided I would go and wet a line for a few hours. This time I decided to head over to a river just to the West of home, one that I often have a session on early in the season. This river usually gives up a few browns at this time of year because there's always plenty of flow in it. During the warmer months it drops to a very low level as well as being crystal clear. I only ever fish it during the warmer months if and when we have had some decent rain. I wasn't sure what the river would be like after the record June floods either, it could be completely ruined by them. Once there it was a relief to see it was still intact, though a little wider with some damage to the rivers banks. It was running at a medium height, cloudy and most importantly it was wade-able which mattered most to me.Read more ...

When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing -


  • Northern calamari closures
    New spawning closures for calamari and squid come into effect from this Friday 6th October until Sunday 22nd October for two areas on the North West and North Coasts.
  1. North West Coast: all waters from Woolnorth Point east to Table Cape.
  2. Central North Coast: all waters from Point Sorell to Stony Head including Port Sorell and kanamaluka/Tamar River.
  • Fishcare have placed temporary signage at fishing spots and boat ramps.
    The annual calamari closure in upper south East Coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage starts on 15 October.
    See all season dates and see all maps.

 2016-17 rock lobster survey

The annual IMAS survey of 18,000 recreational rock lobster licence holders has reported:
an estimated total recreational catch of 87,650 lobsters or 88 tonnes;

68% were taken by pot,
29% by dive and
3% ring;

the average catch was
1.07 lobster per day:
0.87 for pots,
1.90 for dive and
1.88 for rings.

43% of active fishers retained
1-5 lobsters for the period;
6% took more than 20;

Almost 60% of the total catch was taken from the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone.

Catch Tag Report
Catch tags for rock lobster have also been in the spotlight recently as a potential solution for managing the recreational catch. The effectiveness and costs of catch tags for limiting recreational catch was assessed in a DPIPWE Fisheries report. Read the reports here

Gone Fishing Day
​Sunday 15th October is national Gone Fishing Day. It's a great opportunity to take family, mates or just yourself fishing in the great Tassie outdoors.
Sea Fisheries: Fishcare Tasmania will be running Community Liaison Patrols with rods available to fish in the following areas:
McGees Bridge: 10.00 am - 12:00 pm
Inspection Head Wharf, Beauty Point: 9:00 am - 1.00 pm
Georges Bay, St Helens: 10.00am - 12.00 pm
Wynyard fishing platform: 3.00 - 5.00 pm
Port Sorell fishing pontoon: 9.00 am - 11.00 am
Contact Fishcare for more information.

Inland Fisheries: The Inland Fisheries Service are having a licence free day on Gone Fishing Day. All other regulations apply. Anglers Alliance Tasmania are hosting five junior angling events between 10am to 3pm at the following venues:
Hiscutt Park, Penguin
Frombergs Dam, Ulverstone
Taylors Dam, Latrobe
Wallabadah, Longford
Bushy Park Estate, Bushy Park
Contact the Inland Fisheries Service for more details.

Striped trumpeter reminder
A reminder that the striped trumpeter season is currently closed until 1 November. The closure protects striped trumpeter during the key spawning period.

Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
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