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"Angling is an art - Hannah Ledger

and an art worth your learning.."

Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.

A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.

As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.

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Southern Bluefin Tuna

Just the name brings back fond memories of last season for game fishermen around the state, and what a season it was with many multiple hook ups and all but the unluckiest of anglers getting into the thick of the action. And it pretty much happened again this year.

Gearing up for Bluefin

Once again it's that time of year when avid game fishermen pull out their gear and give it the once over in anticipation of the arrival of the mighty Southern Bluefin Tuna. These powerhouse fish put both angler skill and product quality to the ultimate test each year and anglers look forward to the challenge.
So what will give you the edge when it comes to getting fish to strike and make your reel scream?

 

Catching Big Game Fish   


If you want to catch the big fish then you will need to start by specifically targeting the big fish. As with most forms of fishing, what ever the species is that you want to catch, it will need to be explicitly targeted. Gear, lures or baits, water temp and location all play an important role in the type of game fish you can encounter and the success that you may or may not have. Couple this with the prevailing weather conditions and you soon realise that there is more to it than just throwing a lure out and trolling around the ocean all day.

Preparing For The Coming Game Fishing Season


By the time this edition of Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News goes to press the coming game fishing season will be almost upon us. At the time of writing this article the 18-19 degree water currents that we all wait for were level with the northern tip of Flinders Island, an almost certain indication that the game season will get under way a lot earlier than would normally be expected.
Time to pull out the tackle and brush off the cobwebs in preparation for what promises to be an excellent season.

Blue Peaks - Bob Cooper

Here Bob Cooper lets us in on what the devil he gets up to in the Blue Peaks region of the Central Plateau. Bob is well known in angling circles for his capacity to walk great distances whilst claiming to be fishing. In his own unique style, Bob gives us the run down on a magnificent part of Tasmania.

Game Fishing Teasers

Teasers are almost a black art when it comes to game fishing. Some anglers are so convinced in their effectiveness that they would rather take bananas on board than leave their favourite "Teaser" at home.  

Southern bluefin tuna "Going Off'

A slow start to the gamefishing season has received a huge boost with some spectacular catches of 20 - 35 kg southern bluefin tuna off Tasmania's east coast. On Thursday 5th March there were reports of SBT being caught between Yellow Rock and The Thumbs on the Tasman Peninsula and during the St Helens Game Fishing Classic there were 17 SBT landed. Over the same weekend 7-8 March, plenty more were landed off the Tasman Peninsula.

No one knows what will happen to these bluefin that traditionally start a little later in the year, but it is fair to say there will be a lot of effort put into this fishery over the Easter break.

Southern bluefin tuna are a premium fish that are the most highly regarded sashimi by the Japanese. If you are lucky enough to catch one treat it properly to ensure the quality is at its best once back to shore. 

Beach anglers snatch rare broadbill from sea by tail.

Excerpt from Rod and Gun

Two beach anglers fishing for salmon off Four Mile Creek on Tasmania's east coast unknowingly may have created an Australian record when they captured what is believed to be a small broadbill after "foul" hooking it with a wobbler attached to a 9 lb breaking strain line.

Pursuing Yellowfin 

by Rocky Carosi

It is probably an appropriate time to talk about a pelagic gamefish, which, in gamefishing season 2000 is showing up in good numbers all the way down Tasmania's eastcoast, "the yellowfin tuna."

LIVEBAITING FOR BIG FISH

by Andrew Hart

Ross Hunter is one of Australia's best marlin fishermen. He takes people who have never fished before into waters that make experienced boaters shake their heads in disbelief at a lack of fish, and catches them their first marlin.
In fact if you go out with Ross, you can expect to at least see a marlin. That is a huge expectation. He fishes all along the NSW coast and pulls marlin in as if they were easy to catch.

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