The Australian National Sportfishing Association Report
The Australian National Sportfishing Association had their annual trip to Derwent Bridge over the last weekend (13th – 16th August). The trip was an absolute standout with many fish being caught. All members were rewarded with good salmon and trout.
The comp is based on the “Grand Slam” model with points being rewarded cross the four salmonoid species. Brook, Brown, Rainbow and Atlantic.
Competitors can record only five fish across the weekend withy only
two of the same species. This makes for some careful planning and
close watch on the barometer, wind and temperature.
Lake levels were a bit of a mixed bag with Pine Tier as full as a goog
and Tungatinah down. Importantly fish were on the move pretty much
everywhere and as expected they were feeding on worms.
The hot spots were Pine Tier where two of us landed 15 brown trout in
a one hour session early on day one. These fish were all taken on
lures with Rapalas the standout. The western side of Brady’s Lake was
also successful with soft plastic minnows the go. The Binney Damn wall
was, as ever, lousy with Atlantic Salmon and they fell to a mixture of
soft plastic Pumpkin Seed and Squidgy minnows on a slow retrieve .
Browns were also active in and around the fallen trees on the northern
end of Binney. Rainbows were just not to be seen, even fishing disco
style Tassie Devils in the rain and out deep that would normally be a
certainty we were unable to bag a keeper.
The Grand Slam was not achieved despite some long hard fishing, this
saw a close finish with Steve Welch taking out the much converted
trophy. Steve recorded browns, Atlantic and a Brook that pushed him
past Gordon Osmond in the dying minutes.
Tasmanian Branch President
Australian National Sportfishing Association