Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.
The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.Read more ...
Recreational Sea Fishing Guide
Do you have the tools you need to fish within the rules? Supplies of the 2019-20 Recreational Sea Fishing Guide, plastic tackle box rulers and boat sticker rulers are available from Service Tasmania and tackle shops.
Abalone gauges and a new rock lobster multi-gauge which includes the North West Zone 120mm female size limit will be available in Service Tasmania shops soon. Some tackle shops will also have supplies.
Abalone: Regional bag and boat limits and new specifications for tools to measure and take abalone apply from 1 November. Check the rules before you go fishing.
Rock Lobster: The size limit for female rock lobster in the North West Zone has increased to 120mm (see map). Fishers cannot possess female lobster smaller than 120mm inside this zone or when transiting from outside the zone to inside it.
Recreational sea fishing licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, nets and set lines are now available online and at Service Tasmania.
The recreational rock lobster season opens this Saturday 2 November in all waters except the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone so don't get caught out without a licence.
Recreational Fishing Awards, which will be presented at the Gala Dinner of the National Recreational Fishing Conference, being held in Hobart in December.
Nominations close in three weeks.
After checking out the rivers levels on the BOM site I noticed the Mersey River had dropped to a lower level that made it ideal for wading in the area I like to cross over and fish. When I arrived to where I cross the river I noticed that the river bottom wasn't looking all that good, I'd have to make sure to take it slow & steady as I crossed over. The water was nice a clear, but the rocky river bottom was covered in a brown slimy algae and heavily silted.
Tuesday, 15 October
Squid closure starts in upper south East Coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage.
Sunday, 20 October
Gone Fishing Day - see free fishing events around the state.
Friday, 1 November
Striped trumpeter re-opens for recreational and commercial fishing
Saturday, 2 November
Waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone open for recreational rock lobster fishing.
The East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone opens for recreational rock lobster fishing.
A biotoxin update relating to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins in bivalve shellfish and rock lobster research samples in Mercury Passage on the East Coast is now available on our website. Read the full update.
There is also a current Public Health alert warning not to eat recreationally harvested wild shellfish from the Mercury Passage and Spring Bay regions. Wild shellfish includes: oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, cockles and wedge shells. Seafood in shops and restaurants is safe to eat.
Why not become a Fishcare volunteer? It's a great way to do your bit for sustainable fishing in Tasmania.
What volunteers do:
· Run exhibits at outdoor and regional shows, AgFest and Liawenee weekend;
· Run fishing clinics for juniors and pass on practical fishing tips;
· Maintain local fishing signs and rulers.
Fishcare operates in all regions of the State. We particularly need new volunteers in the following areas: St Helens, Triabunna, Smithton, Port Sorell, Tasman Peninsula and Dover. Training sessions for new volunteers are being held soon.
Sunday 20 October is national Gone Fishing Day. Time to get out on the water with family and friends to celebrate all that's great about fishing in Tassie! It doesn't matter if you haven't fished before - join in one of the free events below
The Inland Fisheries Service installed an information sign in the car park at Tasmania’s newest fishery, Camden Dam in the north east last week. Camden Dam is situated approx. 10 km south of Targa via Camden Hills Rd and East Diddleum Road. There is one designated public access point and car park on the eastern side of the dam.
Anglers should be aware that there are numerous hazards around and in the dam such as floating debris and tripping hazards. Foot access is permitted around much of the lake however the dam structure, spillway and Camden Rivulet below the dam are strictly no access areas.
Motorised boating is not permitted however canoes and kayaks powered by manual propulsion are allowed. Kayakers should be particularly careful of submerged trees and floating debris.
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