Coastal Catches 6/9/2012

I had to go to Hobart last weekend and as I drove along the coast I was envious of the many people out in their boats. There were some good Flathead caught on the near perfect day. Sisters beach and Rocky cape were popular spots and a local told me that you don’t have to be very far out to catch good sized flathead.

The Great Lake has been fishing very well especially with soft plastics. The fish are reasonably close to the shore and the secret to catching fish is to fish your soft plastic slowly near the bottom of the lake. A couple of Burnie anglers caught, (and released most), 38 fish on Monday using Berkley T Tails in black and gold. It goes to show how effective soft plastics can be. You need to use a jig head with enough weight to get the soft plastic to the bottom. If you are getting lots of snags try one a little lighter. There are variables like speed of drift and depth of water that you need to consider. The main thing is to get your soft plastic to where the fish are and don’t fish them too fast.
Lake Kara has certainly seen an influx of anglers since it was stocked with Atlantic Salmon. There are probably more anglers that have visited the water in the last two weeks than the last two years. It is great to see anglers taking advantage of the stocking and by all reports many have gone home with fish for tea. Brushy lagoon has also been a popular destination.
There are reports of Sea Runners filtering in from the Forth, Leven and Inglis rivers. It is certainly the start of some good fishing in these rivers and there have already been good fish caught. There are many methods of catching these fish such as live tiddleys, pieces of Roach, soft plastics, bibbed lures, wobblers and whitebait flies. If you are unsure on how to go about catching sea runners check with your local tackle store and they will be able to steer you in the right direction. The Arthur river will be one to watch in the next few weeks.
Tight lines till next week



Dion Woodfield looking very happy with a big flathead that he caught

Bailey Sharp with a good haul from Brushy Lagoon

Gadget of the week.

Mann Value Pack.  Five deep Diving Lures plus a Plano lure box. Great colours that are ideal for the upcoming Searunner season  in the Gordon , Pieman and Arthur  rivers. On special at Tassie tackle and Outdoor for $44.95

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