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Jigging Unknown Waters

Saltwater jigging is a technique that is really getting a solid following worldwide, but in Tasmania it is relatively unknown. Tasmania does have the species and the waters to make this work and tackle shop owner Leroy Tirant recently gave it a try with a couple of mates.Jigging lures for fish has been around for many years, but it's only in recent times that tackle and the lures themselves have been specifically developed for this new born form of fishing. High speed reels, braid, and ultra-light, fast tapered rods have come forward in leaps and bounds as this new frontier has been developed.

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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 - tasfish.com

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Seasons Greetings. The Wild Fisheries Management Branch wish fishers a safe and happy holiday period. Keep safe and check the weather before heading out. Happy Fishing !

Information published from : http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/

rock lobster 2016 12 09Article sourced from http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Maria Island Zone (Wineglass Bay to Marion Bay)
Monitoring of PST levels in rock lobster samples taken from the Maria Island Zone have returned results that will enable the rock lobster fishery in this zone to open on Sunday, 11 December 2016.
Pots may be set in the Maria Island Zone area from 13:00 hours (i.e. 1pm) on Saturday 10 December 2016, however pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Sunday 00:01 hours (i.e. Sunday morning).

Presented from Issue 94

Sea run trout are somewhat of an enigma for many Tasmanian and travelling anglers. Our population are mostly comprised of brown trout which, by definition, choose to live most of their lives at sea. These fish then come into our estuary systems twice a year in order to feed (August – November) and to spawn (April – June). The best time to chase them is during the early months of the season when site fishing is a very real possibility.

Presented from Issue 94

Little Swanport is about one hour from Hobart and a little less than half way between Triabunna and Swansea. It is probably my number one saltwater kayak fishing spot. The reasons for that include:

Presented from Issue 94

The Great Lake is one of my favourite places to fish for trout in Tassie. It supports a large population of both rainbow and brown trout and the vast size of the lake means means that I can hunt for these trout with very few interruptions.

Winter fishing at the lake has been good to me this year; however, many of the fish that I have caught have been in poor or ‘slabby’ condition and have not put up much of a fight. Catching a brown trout that is half asleep and resembles an eel is not my idea of fun. No doubt the availability of food has a lot to do with this.

Presented from Issue 94

Fumbling around in the dark I finally found the mobile phone and switched off the alarm. The 3wt was set up with a new fly (I like to have a brand new fly on at the start of each fishing trip. It makes no difference to catch rates, only in my head!) and the contents of the pack checked last night. Now its time to get out of bed, have the usual hot Milo and put the waders on. That is of course after the warm thermal layers have gone on.

Presented from Issue 94

With the cold and wet winter days now behind us, as we move into the peak of spring, we can look forward to some truly spectacular fishing ahead.

As Matt Byrne details here, mid-late spring is the prime time to hit our popular coastal estuaries and rivers in search of our iconic sport fishing species – the southern black bream.

Presented from Issue 94

Tasmania has some of beautiful rivers from small slow flowing waters to large rivers such as the Huon and Derwent.

In this article we are going to take it back to the basics and explain the different lures and techniques for catching trout in these waters.

Despite your level of experience our streams offer fabulous lure fishing. You need to expect that one minute you will be fishing deep pools and 20 metres further down the river you might only have half a metre of water. The lures you use need to take this into account.

Presented from Issue 94

After a short drive from home I pulled into the parking area I frequently use adjacent to a bridge spanning the Mersey River, my old friend. The first priority, as always, was to walk onto the bridge to have a look at the river conditions. This revealed that things were looking good with the late afternoon sun revealing a mixture of mayfly spinners and white caddis in the air above the rippling river in the soft October light. The mayfly spinners were especially noticeable with the sun glinting through their iridescent wings as they danced en-masse. Swallows, fantails and wrens were also on the wing taking advantage of the easy meal on offer. A splash or two in the river below indicated that another predator had noticed the insects as well!

Presented from Issue 94
Lake Plimsoll is a “brook trout only fishery” located near the heart of our rugged West Coast. It is also water that many of Tasmania’s angling fraternity would have heard about, but seemingly only a small minority have ever taken up the challenge to explore at any great length.

Is it a wasted effort or is it just a very well kept secret by those in the know? Todd Lambert, along with two of his mates, Dale Howard and son Trevor, spent some time there recently and in this article, he attempts to shed some light on this fantastic fishery that seemingly “ flies under the radar” to so many of us.

Refer to the Fishing Code for current regulations

This is published by The Examiner and The Advocate this afternoon.

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4311621/geelong-star-out-of-australia/

And now at the ABC

Controversial fishing trawler Geelong Star has left Australian waters, and will not be returning, the ship's owner says.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-23/trawler-geelong-star-leaves-australia/8051234

BF5 LifestyleAfter the upgrade of the world famous BF2.3, Honda Marine continues to strengthen its line up of portable engines with the exciting launch of three new portable outboards; the BF4 (4hp), BF5 (5hp) and BF6 (6hp). These little beauties are packed with the very latest in Honda's technologies. The BF4, BF5 & BF6 range has been developed specifically to fill a boating niche, the best thing about this range is that they are incredibly portable, easy to start, and more comfortable to operate and will now go for longer!

The BF4, BF5 & BF6 are now lighter than ever (starting from a low 27kg) their lightweight nature and new carrying handle design enables the user to easily transport and store away the engines. The tiller handle can be fully folded to make the unit even more compact making storage even more convenient.

Furneaux Zone (Banks Strait north of a line 40° 39’ 18” S)

Monitoring of PST levels in rock lobsters taken from Flinders Island have returned results that will enable the recreational rock lobster fishery in this zone to open from 00:01 hours Wednesday 23 November 2016. Please note that pots and rings must not be set prior to this time.
As advised on 15 November 2016, the Maria Island Zone remains closed pending further testing/results.

Monitoring of PST levels in rock lobsters and mussel sentinel samples taken from the Central East Coast zone have returned results that will enable the recreational rock lobster fishery in this zone to open as scheduled on Saturday 19 November.
Pots may be set in the open areas from 13:00 hours  (i.e. 1 pm) on Friday 18 November 2016, however pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Saturday 00:01 hours (i.e. Saturday morning).

The zones that will open as scheduled on Saturday, 19 November are (see map below):

  • Storm Bay/Bruny Zone (Whale Head to Tasman Island);
  • Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Island to Marion Bay);
  • Upper East Coast Zone (Picaninny/Wardlaws Point to Eddystone Point); and
  • North East Zone (Eddystone Point to Banks Strait).

Western Region Opening

The recreational rock lobster season in the Western Region (waters west of Point Sorell around to Whale Head) opens this Saturday, 5 November. Fishers can set their pots from 1pm this Friday, then pull them after midnight when the season is officially open.

The pest fish species, Redfin perch are present in the Mersey River

To work out how widely Redfin are spread in the Mersey River, its inflowing creeks and farm dams we need YOUR help.

Mike -- It’s been ages since we’ve given you a report back – mainly because we wanted to get back to you with an actual result!
You’ll remember the last message we sent you had a survey – asking if you wanted us to pay the government the $1080 they were asking to release the footage of the super trawler catching a whale shark, or if you wanted us to have another go at sending a drone up - to get our own footage.

Well, the stop the trawler community overwhelmingly voted that we try both – so long as we’re super careful not to hurt any birds with our drone! We think we have found a drone operator we can afford – but that project might take some time. In the meantime, we paid the government the $1080 they were asking for to release the whale shark footage.

We’ve been absolutely floored by the result.

biotoxin 2016A harmful algal bloom continues to persist along the East and South East coasts. Monitoring of paralytic shellfish toxin levels in rock lobster and wild shellfish is continuing with further sampling scheduled for late October. The results from this will inform management decisions on the open/closed status of all zones prior to the scheduled opening of the Eastern Region on 19 November.

Read the latest biotoxin update

licence 2016Recreational sea fishing licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, nets and set lines are now on sale at Service Tasmania and online.
Please note that licence refunds will not be granted if you are unable to fish in some waters due to biotoxin closures.

Buy your 2016-17 licence

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