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Sea runners - Early Season Excitement - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.

The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.

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fisheriesKeep safe and check the weather before heading out. Happy Fishing !
Hear what Fletcher the fish has to say

 

  1. Ensure you get your licence in plenty of time before you plan to go fishing
  2. Don't leave your licence purchase to the last minute, even if you plan to do it on-line.
  3. Only major Service Tasmania shops will be open for business during the Christmas/ New Year period.
  4. The Recreational Fisheries Section will be closed for phone enquires from 3 PM December 2017 until 9AM 2 January 2018.
  5. You can purchase, check if your licence is current, get your licence number or change your details on line.

Not only fish get caught!

If you are buying rock lobster this festive season make sure it is a legally caught commercial rock lobster and has a Government-issued tag to distinguish it from recreational rock lobster.
All lobsters taken by recreational fishers and aborigines engaged in an aboriginal activity must have the central tail fan clipped or have a 10 mm hole.
If you are offered a “deal” please contact Fishwatch on 0427 655 557 with the details.
Remember it is illegal to sell, buy, barter or raffle recreationally caught fish. Both the seller and the purchaser are liable for prosecution.

Hints about measuring your catch

Use an accurate measuring device. Make sure it is thin or has a chamfer that can go hard into fits hard into the middle notch between the antennal horns.
Further information on how to accurately measure your catch is available on our website

Can I take more than the catch limit and sort my catch later?

You must sort your catch as soon as practical. This means releasing all undersize and berried rock lobster, as well as keeping within your individual catch limits.
For divers, this means that you should measure your catch as you go because you cannot exceed your bag limit. It is not an excuse to say that you have taken more than the bag limit and were going to release the smaller ones (known as ‘high grading’) or undersize fish once getting back to the boat or shore.

Gear Setting & Retrieval FAQs

Can someone set or pull my fishing gear without me on the boat?
No. A person must be personally involved in setting or retrieving fishing gear with their markings. A person with more fishing gear in the boat than authorised fishers may be considered to be using excess gear. It is also immoral and illegal to interfere with another persons gear.

Do I have to set or pull my own pot or net?

The licence holder or aboriginal engaged in a fishing activity must be participating in the fishing activity. A light bodied person or a person with a disability may be assisted by another person in pulling or setting their gear.
What happens if the weather is too rough and I cannot retrieve my gear? Your safety is important. If you cannot retrieve your gear due to bad weather, wait until the weather improves. If it will be more than the setting time limit, phone Fishwatch on 0427 655 557 and provide your details including your licence number.

Flathead Reminder

Sand and Tiger Flathead size limit have a minimum size limit of 32 cm. There are different limits for Bluespotted and Rock Flathead. Be responsible and assist to rebuild our most important recreational fishery - Gently put the little ones back and handle and release unwanted fish so they survive. Find out about Responsible Fishing.

Know the Rules

Make sure you have the latest Recreational Sea Fishing Guide - paper version or Phone App before heading out.

Rec Guide and App and Further Information



Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
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Web: www.fishing.tas.gov.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FisheriesTasmania

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