By Justin Rossiter*
WITH the warmer days starting to appear and the days getting longer, many anglers are now shaking off the winter blues, blowing the dust of the fishing gear and heading out into the great outdoors to enjoy the marvellous fishing that Tasmania has to offer.
Good numbers of flathead are starting to be caught, some up to 50cm in length, in and around Frederick Henry Bay, Mercury Passage, Marion Bay and the eastern side of Bruny Island. These reports will only increase as the water temperature starts to rise.
Large numbers of calamari squid have been caught recently along the east coast around to Bruny Island with some anglers catching their bag limit in very quick fashion. Sizes have varied, but a few thumpers with 40cm hoods have been landed.
Southern bluefin tuna (SBT) is still being caught off Eaglehawk Neck, and there is now some debate amongst the fishing fraternity if this is the best SBT season in recent memory and if SBT is now a genuine year-round proposition.
Australian salmon has been caught around Howrah, Bellerive Bluff, North West Bay, Cremorne and Tasman Bridge, with “chopper” tailor also amongst the schools.
Sightings of kingfish have also been reported in north west bay and the eastern side of Bruny Island and it would appear likely that a sizeable resident population of these hard-fighting fish is becoming established in southern waters.
For the freshwater angler there have been reports of sea run trout from Lindisfarne, Old Beach, Bridgewater and below New Norfolk around the paper mill.
Repairs have been completed at Salmon Ponds to fix the disabled angler access points to the river. The family-friendly area provides access to some huge fish in the river, with a high possibility of having a visit from a platypus too.
Browns River in Kingston is still fishing well for bream with some 40cm fish recently being caught on hard body lures. Please note that due to pollution levels in the river, it is advised that you do not consume any fish from Browns River and that they are returned to the water unharmed.
Game Fish Tasmania Sports Fishing Club Inc will be holding its annual dinner at the South Arm RSL Club on 29 October 2016 at 6.30pm. Book online via firstname.lastname@example.org
7HO Derwent River Flathead Classic – 7 January 2017.
*Justin Rossiter is a committee member for Game Fish Tasmania Sports Fishing Club and can be contacted at email@example.com
Caption: Gone fishing: Max Rigby, 2, and his sister, Juliette, 4, with a calamari caught at the northern end of Bruny Island.