by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.
Gamefishing off St Helens continues to produce consistent results in the area of tuna numbers, especially albacore close in around 2-4 miles from shore. Last weekend albacore and striped tuna were prolific, with our largest albacore Saturday 19th March at 22 Kg on a small skirted trolling lure. Water temp is around the 17-18 degrees. The key is to look for the deep blue colour water edging up against the greener grubbier water. Saturday produced a 27 Kg yellowfin tuna on Merricks reef, with other similar fish being hooked up the same day.
Fished Saturday hoping to get onto some albacore this time and got plenty with no stripies this time. Caught around 17 all around 2 kilos average weight.
They were all caught on the 100 metre mark.
The St Helens Charity Grandslam was run and won Saturday 29 January at the St Helens Regatta. Bigger and better than ever it raised $1660 for a charity that will be announced shortly. It will be announced here.
This amount was only possible due to the support of www.tasfish.com, Tamar Marine, Coastal Marine and the Rotary Club of St Helens. Their generosity is priceless and we sincerely thank them.
Jacob (8) and Holly (7) from Richmond were getting in practice at Boomer Bay on Sunday for the St Helen's Grand Slam. This 450mm Leather Jacket gave Jake a good fight on light line, while Holly was content with a nice Cocky Salmon.
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My brother Paul stayed on for a couple more days to do some more deep sea fishing and is having a ball catching some nice striped trumpeter, blue eye trevalla, morwong and some crays, Eddystone patch being the hot spot.
Wish I didn’t have to go back to work, look what I am missing out on!!!
Scamander river was where Nathan caught the tailor,
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by Phil Zanetto
Fishing report on St.Helens over the xmas break.
Managed four "half days" fishing out wide when the wind wasn’t blowing,fished south of St.Helens island on two occasions and caught plenty of nice sand and tiger flatties, a few gummy sharks, some latchet and the usual pests of the sea ..the red gurnard.
Had a boys trip to St Helens on the weekend with great results, plenty of big salmon mainly in Moulting Bay & some in the channel. Also bagged a few silver trevally in the channel during a real purple patch on Sat evening. All were caught on soft plastics with a variety being used.
Also had a great session on the flathead with a couple of beauties being boated at the 65m mark straight out from heads.
Cheers Tim Gavin, Brady & Joel.
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This was a fantastic event thanks to both the competitors and sponsors. Sponsors were www.tasfish.com, Coastal Marine, Shimano and Rotary Club of St Helens.
Kicking off at 8 am there were 32 teams teams vying for glory. A lunch break had people replenished thanks to Coastal Marine and then everyone fished through until 4 pm. Results were collated and Michael Haley's team got up by one point. He guides on, and fishes, the bay every day so he was expected to do well. True Tales did an awesome job to get so close and Nick Crawford's ANSA 1 team did well to be hot on their tail. The scoring system seemed to work really well and there were no complaints.
The weather was kind, although a bit blowy a couple of times.
The Leukemia Foundation will benefit from the day and will receive all the entry money of $1600. This was possible as sponsors cover all the costs and prizes.
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Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Christopher Bassano fishes over 250 days a year. This interview was recorded just before he headed off to fish for Australia in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Norway 14-17 August 2013.
I live on a small stream and at the start of the season I like to go off on a bit of a discovery mission and fish the headwaters of the creeks and rivers I feel an affinity with.
These small rivers include the St Pats, Meander, Forester, Little Forester and others. The further up you go on these rivers the clearer and lower the levels. They are often less affected by the rain and runoff and you get some good opportunities. Get as close to the source as you can and you will find some good dry fly fishing. Don’t limit yourself to those I have mentioned. Most headwaters will hold trout.Read more ...