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.
The Peninsula area, often known in general terms as the Tasman Peninsula, actually comprises two separate regions - Forestier Peninsula, immediately south of the neck of land at the town of Dunalley and Tasman Peninsula, separated from the former by the narrow Eaglehawk Neck.
Brown Trout find very comfortable temperatures between 12 and 20 Degrees Celsius and often feed best at the top end of this range for brook and rainbow trout is several degrees less. Trout can live for only limited periods in water temperature of 28 degrees.
There is plenty of variety available in the Sorell area, as Adam Hill explains.
There are many good fish to be caught in my local area, the South East Region, for whatever form of fishing you like i.e. bait, lure or surf fishing.
While the far NW tip of Tasmania can't be referred to as the sunshine coast, it does have some very good fishing. The mainly revolves around the annual run of Australian salmon. These fish usually start to appear in November and stay through till the first major floods in the rivers push them out. This usually occurs from March to May.
For almost thirty years, one of the most successful lures to ever grace the tackle boxes of Tasmanian trout fishers has been the Tasmanian Devil. First envisaged and manufactured by Wigstons of New Norfolk, this lure, which started from humble beginnings, has now spread its fame to overseas countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
Two tips that will increase your chances
With large numbers of Striped Marlin inshore on our east coast, most game fishers will be putting in some serious effort trying to get attached to one over the next 6 -8 weeks.
My first experience with a Tamar River snapper was some twenty years ago. My father and I were fishing for cod in Spring Bay when dad hooked a "very good fish'. After the battle that followed a beautiful 6 Ib snapper was landed. I had heard stories from old timers that snapper could be caught in the Tamar, but as they say "seeing is believing'.
Luck, persistence and live bait
Arrangements were finalised with Jack to fish the Scamander River for bream. Jack is known in the region as Zane Grey, for reading Westerns and for his exceptional recreational fisherman skills.
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Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
We did a bit of a runaround Tasmania’s tackle stores to see what their tips for the first month or so of the tackle season were. We asked what the top three places to fish were, plus lures, flies, baits and a few other things.
Here is a rundown on their answers Whenever, and wherever you fish - anywhere, or for any fish in the world - ask the locals and especially ask at the local tackle store. They know what was caught today, yesterday and on what.