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  1. Went back home to to Tassie for a week to spend some time with the folks. I got out on the Tamar River a few times and we were killing it on the flatties with micro jigs. Sorry no photos as there was no size to them, just heaps of them. We did have a big feed for lunch when we got home! Had a good session on the squid and barracouta out the headlands. The coota were in plague proportions around the 50cm mark. You could literally jiggle you lure out the side of the boat and hook up! We were trying to get them to jump out of the water and grab the lure mid air. You could literally make them dance for you! We did get one to grab the lure mid air which was crazy to watch! We kept a few between 70-80cm and a couple of small ones for bait. I was kicking myself that I didn't have any topwater lures with me as it would have been crazy fun watching them get airborne hitting the lure. We went back out a few days later with topwater lures at the ready but we couldn't find a single coota anywhere! So instead we got a heap more squid and micro jigged for reefies. The wrasse down there are in ridiculous numbers, it's just a shame they don't taste any good like they do up here. They pull like freight trains in under 5m of water with the water so clear you could sometimes see them take your lure! Not many photos taken as we were having so much fun.
  2. I am currently undergoing the research project in SA on gummy sharks and it would be appreciated if you could help by filling in one of my surveys. survey draft.docx
  3. Hey, I'm new to fishing Tasmania I'm going on a trip there for acouple of days in March, would someone be able to give me some advice on good spots to fish land based and what's being caught and what you can catch there. Any help would be great Thanks
  4. Although we are sponsors of the site we try and not inundate the forum with marketing spam and try and keep our posts restricted to genuinely interesting pictures and information. With this in mind some of the Nordic Stage team from down south have been smashing some awesome trout lately and as AFO does not get much trout converge we thought we would share. First up our Tassy crew have been bagging some huge rainbows in the the lakes. These fish fight much harder than a lot of people give them credit for and aggressively attach lures to boot. The rod of choice the Tasmanians is the Areal range as the slower taper does a good job distributing the pressure over the whole blank during the fight and rarely do the hooks pull. Our Victorian crew have also been hitting some runs. On a recent camping trip to Lake Dartmouth the browns were prolific. This is a trip we hope to do in the new year as it involves covering a lot of ground by boat to the very back end of this huge lake to set up camp. Literally sounds amazing! As the Victorian boys flick a lot of hard bodies into timber the preference are the Areal Pros and Cheaters to put a bit more hurt on and get the fish our of cover. Thanks for reading. The Crew Nordic Stage Rods Australia
  5. We put up the long version of our Tasmanian adventure: alaskanaturally.shutterfly.com click on waltzing out..... on our way to Queensland, There in about a week.
  6. A synopsis of our fishing adventure in Tasmania. This is a synopsis of our fishing in Tasmania. It is a shortened version of our updates with the emphasis on angling. For a full accounting of our Tasmanian adventure go to alaskanaturally.shutterfly.com and click on Oxymoron Tasmania and Impressions of Australia’s smallest state. The adventure began at the end of the road, the southernmost point of Australia, Cockle Creek. We set ourselves up in a lovely National Park campground. After dinner we went for a walk along the beach to Fisher’s Light. On the return trip, we made a few casts. Using a DOA Shrimp in a natural color, the lure was hit hard. The fish missed the hook but on the next cast it was hooked up. After a decent fight, a 35 cm dusky flathead, our first, was flipping around on the beach. Martin grabbed the fish. A big mistake! He bled all the back to the camper. A valuable lesson and the fish taste might good for the next day’s dinner. A hike was in order. So after breakfast, we walked the 15.4 km trail to South Point. The surf was amazing, 5-7m waves. We cast a lead head adorned with a pink shrimp tail into a gap between the rocks. It was immediately picked up by a beautiful brown and green striped wrasse but it was only 29cm, one short of legal. So back it went. The next stop on this fishing adventure was the town of Franklin on Huon River. After a bit of experimenting, we did to catch a 28 cm yellowfin bream on a piece of shrimp. But that was it. A couple days later, we found ourselves on the Tasman Peninsula. Folks on the blog recommended we try White Beach and Eagle Hawks Nest. It was at the former that we had our first squid experience. Only caught one but had many follows. A few long silvery fish would occasionally hit our squid jigs. After switching our to a hammered silver Hopkins Lure, our first barracouda was landed. And he ate well. The meat was delightful and the bones large, easy to pick out. Spending that night at the jetty at Eagle Hawks Nest, a night fish was called for. Quite a few anglers were on the pier that night. Martin was the only one to catch a squid and it was rather small. Couldn’t bypass Bicheno. The water and bottom off the wave wall look ideal for squid and other critters. On the second cast, a really nice cephalopod was hooked and landed. That was it except for fooling around with small trevalli and a nice mackerel. We decided to spend the day and fish in the evening. Not a mistake. The squid really turning on around 19 hours. That’s when the largest one we ever saw took our jig. It weight 2.5 kg. After getting another large one, we quit. Could have caught many more but two was all we wanted. The next stop was Lagoons Beach Campground. A lovely location with easy access to the beach. Here our first Australian salmon were taken. Most were undersized but a few did reach the 20cm minimum. They are great eating. Very tasty. Martin did have one in the 35-40 cm range at his feet in the surf but alas it came off the hook and escaped. We stopped at a small jetty just before St. Helen’s for lunch. The salmon were boiling the water and saw a fellow get one around 40 cm. Changing rigs and walking back out on the pier took time. The action ended before we got to tossing a line. However, loads of fun was had catching 15-19 cm travelli on light tackle. After a long drive down very windy, rough road, Musselroe Conservation area was reached. Another wonderful free camping area. After talking with a few of our camping neighbors about the local fishing, we decided to give the boat ramp area a try the next morning. After wading out and casting small pieces of squid and blue bait a lot of small salmon were caught. Suddenly something large grabbed a piece of squid. After a very good fight, a 37 cm yellowfin bream was dragged onto the beach. One of our neighbors exclaimed in Australian, “‘at’s a pounder of a fish, mate.†It was and we were so pleased to have caught it. As our time in Tassie is coming near to the end, we headed toward Bridport and spent the night at the Waterhouse Conservation Area. The camping area is on Anderson Bay off of Bass Straits. We are now on the northern coast of the island. It was a dropping tide upon our arrival. There were huge tide flats that didn’t look very conducive to angling. In the morning, we learned how little we know. Got down to the water right before sunrise. Waded out as far as we could and made a long cast with blue bait. Before walking back to dry land a very energetic fish was bouncing around on the end of the line. The 40 cm mullet fought well and was landed a few minutes later. This was succeeded with three more, nearly as big within a half hour. Then the flatties began to hit. We’d bring one in on almost every cast. Most were less than the 25 cm minimum but a few were legal. That evening we went back to the same location. The fish really turned on again. We caught numerous flatties and mullet. In addition, something big hit the bait. Started to real in and thought we were stuck. Then the stuck took off. Didn’t take much to part the 10 lb. test line. This happened twice. A ray? Any other ideas? One thing we learned by this experience is that when you do not know what you are doing, do not prejudge a situation.
  7. Squid up to 2.5 kg. At Bicheno Harbor this evening. Sorry haven't figured out how to attach image from phone.
  8. Australia: The end of the World The sound was deafening as we came to the end of the trail. As the woods faded and the view opened up to an immense seascape,16 ft rollers slammed against the rocky and sandy shore with a give no-quarter attitude. We had our first glimpse of the Southern Ocean and Australia’s southern most point was only a mile or two away. This was the end of the trail that began 7.7 km earlier at our Cockle Creek campground at Southwest National Park in the most southerly point of Tasmania. We’ve been to many “ends of the roadsâ€: Homer Alaska, Key West, Fl., Provincetown, Ma., Wenona, Md. but this is the real thing! Next stop Antarctica. After breakfast, pademelons and wallabies greeted us upon opening the camper and stepping outside. The critters are totally fearless of humans. In fact, they probably feel safer because Tasmanian Devils are very shy of people and are their only predators. We came here after spending a few days with Ann and Stan becoming familiar with the camper that will be home for the next two months. Their place is on a magnificent piece of land with views reminiscent of Fairbanks. Wallabies, pademelons, possums and parrots abound on their land. The place is a little piece of paradise. Yesterday evening, after arriving at the campsite, we took a long walk down a beautiful beach that is broken up by rocky areas. We watched a bunch of oyster catcher like birds that we later identified as the sooty, sticking their extraordinarily long bill into the sand in search of food. Took the rods along and decided to cast occasionally after turning around and heading back. Found one area where the fish were hitting and after a few swipes a 35 cm flathead took the jig. This was our first of this species and it made an excellent dinner of fried fish. We’re now recovering from our 10 mile hike. Made us really feel our age. But we did make it. We noticed as opposed to the US, there were many older folks on the trail. Perhaps not as old as us but in their 50s and 60s. This doesn’t seem to be the case just about anywhere in the US except occasionally in the SW. The other interesting aspect of the hike was running into young men carrying surfboards. The surf on the Southern Ocean is almost always big. In fact, some of these guys said that today it was too big to surf. On the trail we took numerous shots of the ocean, flowers and even some mushrooms. Some of these are included in this writeup.
  9. Hey all, So while everyone is fishing the classic at the Sunny Coast I'm down here in the female groin of Australia, otherwise known as Tassie, for work and of course, I get to sneak in a quick fishing session. I only got an hour and a half in this morning behind the hotel/casino to try my luck. I set my alarm wrong (idiot) but my body clock got me up just in time to see the sky beginning to light up. A quick hustle to get my clothes on and I'm out the door and greeted by this. Mod note - I've moved the thread here because for some reason i'm not authorised to view the post if it's in the actual Tassie report section.. weird. Webstig - please look into
  10. Just back from a week fishing for Trout around Taraleah,a couple of hours north of Hobart, in the highlands of Tasmania. I had a couple of days of guided fly fishing - saw lots of fish, but my fly casting still is not really good enough to 'sight' fish. I could see them but I would spook them with my inaccurate attempts to get the fly in front of them. After a few days I went exploring with my trusty GULPs and pulled a few Brown trout from some patches of fast moving water. Its a beautiful place and when I have the time, I will go back and set about getting a few on the fly. I attach some pics For more reports, photographs and fishy yarns - read the blog at http://landangler.wordpress.com/
  11. Ok I friggen made it!! Just got the internet on today! Got up at some stupid hour with very little sleep, packed up the swag (there was nothing else in the house). Packed the Parrot (yes I said Parrot), My wife owns an Indian Ring Neck parrot that friggen hates me and the feeling is mutual, but she loves the little squawking prick and the word "divorce" was mentioned if anything should happen to him on our travels. Anyway packed the friggen Parrot into the back of the wagon and set off on Chubbstar and Buddy's adventure (buddy is the friggen Parrot)! We made it to Goondiwindi via Warwick with no dramas and making good time. Get 50klms out of Goondiwindi and spot a "Water on Road" sign, OK lets see how the other cars go with this. I sat on the side of the road and watched a couple of cars drive through the flooded road with out indecent so I tagged onto the arse of a B-Double truck (less water because of his wake) and made it through with no dramas. A couple of K's up the road I come across another "Water on Road" sign. Having overtaken the truck that I followed through the first flooded road I thought that I would just take it easy and make it through with out a hassle. How friggen wrong was I?!!. Slowed down to about 5ks (maybe even slower) and started the arse puckering drive through about 8"-10" of water. All was going well until a B-Double came through the flood coming from the other direction and was doing about 30 fkn K's . Well this guys wake hit my bonnet and splashed up over my windscreen, My car slowed a little but I kept on plugging away as I wasn't stopping in this water with a B-Double sitting firmly on my back bumper. A car or 2 later and things are a bit better, my hearts starting to get over the first truck when out of the blue comes another truck, doing the same friggen speed and his wake flew up over my bonnet and windscreen also. Problem was this time it felt like my car came to a complete stop and the back tyres came clear off the road, It was at this stage that I started screaming like a little bitch and pooed in my pants a little My back tyres got some grip and I noticed the engine light on my dash had came on, The car was still running fine and I plowed on through the last 20 odd meters of water to tarmac and started to breath normally again. :whistle: About another 5ks up the road the car starts beeping, oh shit it's over heating. I pull over onto the shoulder of the hwy and shut down the motor, Pop the bonnet and notice right away that the drive belt has disappeared! Oh bugger that pill popping drugged up truckie's wake has done it!!, I get on the phone and try and figure out where I am when this nice gent pulls up in front of me and a 4x4 pulls up behind me to render assistance. It turns out that they are locals and with out to much stuffing about they hand me a number for the local mechanic. I should note that these people were fantastic and a huge help! Anyway I ring the number and tell the mechanic what's happened and asked if he could bring a drive belt to me and fit it. Well ole mate don't want a bar of it and tells me that he also owns a tow truck and will come get me and tow me back to Goondiwindi. I wasn't sold on the idea but he explained that the belt needed to be put on a certain way or it will stuff the water pully. I have a quick look in the drivers manual and find a diagram but he wouldn't budge on towing me back. So I wait on the hwy with the friggen Parrot for about an hour until this Hill Billy come mechanic come tow truck driver arrives and puts my car and Parrot on the truck. I climb in and he tells me that he is going to just tow me into town and drop me off at the mechanics. I am to pay him for the tow and then the mechanic for the work on the car. I ask him how much for the tow, I nearly choked when he drawls out $300!! Then with a smirk on his ugly inbreed head tells me he'll take $180 cash! After he sees the look on my face he starts to tap dance a little faster and tells me that the $300 is the going rate for an RACQ tow (I am not a member), I ring my wife and get her to have a look on the RACQ web site and see if we could save money by joining up on the spot and thus wavering the over the top towing fee. Old mate didn't like this tact and started arguing the point with me, He tells me that the tow would not be covered, while my wife is looking at the web site telling me that it would. At this point I had had enough and was about to turn Hill Billy Jim into 2 minute steak, but he had me where he wanted me, my car on the back of his tow truck, My wife's friggen Parrot and his friggen hand in my wallet. For some reason I asked him how much for the drive belt and labour? He pushed his luck even further when he told me $120 for the belt!! That sealed the deal with me, he was ripping me off for the tow and then planned on getting his Mechanic mate in on the rort to rape me for what ever he could. I told the prick to take me straight to the local Repco drop the car off and I would fit the fkn belt myself!! This didn't go over to well, old mate was going to loose his meal ticket to soon and he wasn't going to give up with out a fight, he tells me that I cant fit the belt myself, I told him to use his $180 he stole off me to buy a coffee and watch me fit the belt. After a bit of heated discussion he decides that it would be better for his health if he done what I told him to do and drop me off at Repco. Off old mate drives with his 180 tax free City Slicker dollars, Leaving Me, the car and the Friggen Squawking Parrot on the side of the road. I trudge the 50 meters up to Repco, and see Hill Billy Jim's cousin/son/brother behind the counter, Only this dude is a little slower on the uptake and tells me that a drive belt for a V6 VT commodore is $30!! I gritted my teeth and wished that I had of given the tow truck driver a shirt full of broken ribs for his $120 belt, I then smiled at my new best friend and asked if he had any of the belts in stock. A couple of strokes on his key board and he tells me that he has 2 in stock, Well the heavens opened, little angels flew down and blew me kisses, even the Parrot got in on the action and wanted a scratch! I told the dude that I would take both of the belts, paid him my $60 and bolted out the door like my arse was on fire and before he realised that I was not related or a local and he should have charged me 300 city slicker dollars each. I got to the car popped the bonnet, looked at the diagram of the belt pully set up and had the belt on in under 5 minutes flat. Needless to say the tow truck driver had better not find himself broken down on the side of the road in my neck of the woods any time soon. The Squawking little green prick and I drove out off town $240 lighter, but well educated at the Hill Billy School of rorts. :pinch: Guys it's late and I am tired, will finish off this tale tomorrow. I hope this finds you all well and I wish you all a merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
  12. My wife and I recently celebrated our first anniversary with a trip down to Tassie. It was our first time visiting the place and we weren't too sure what to expect. We were constantly confronted by one of two reactions when telling people of our holiday plans: 1. "err, why would you go there!!?" 2. "aww it's soo beautiful" Well the wife suggested I take down some fishing gear, "just in case". I wasn't fooled though and immediately recognised the double edged sword and a trap. But what can you do? So a last minute trip to bcf saw me buying a not so elegant $20 telescope rod. I packed this into my luggage along with a couple of gulp packets, jig heads, pliers, scissors, leader and a 2500 shimano sienna. And goodbye Brisbane.... Needless to say we were happy that the "aww its soo beautiful" train of thought was the more educated one. A drive up to Cradle Mountain, whilst extremely cold, presented us with some quite majestic scenery... We continued on from there to the east coast of Tassie, and the small town of Swansea. I really love this coastal region and cannot recommend a visit more. The wife was happy to keep herself occupied with photo ops whilst I worked the locals fishing spots... Early one morning she wakes me up saying she would like to take some sunrise photos.....and would like my company.....and she wasnt really asking :dry: Ahh and there it is. Well played woman, well played. So I grab my fishing pack and we set off. I looked around for a good spot and started working the area with some 2.5" gulp shrimps.... Without as much as a bite, I made my way out to the edge of the rocks. Now this place had snag written all over it, but I figured "what the hey"......and put a cast out into the direction of the sun just peaking over the horizon .... ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :woohoo: "no way" a nice battle and clever use of the waves I managed to bring in a nice australian salmon.... Appolgies for the bad photo, but these are slippery fish and on slippery rocks made for an awkward photo shoot. The next hour or so saw me get a fish per cast, or atleast get a hookup / run per cast. Amazing fun on some really cheap gear. All fish released, I left them on the bite a very contented chap.... Gotta say I've got a whole new appreciation for travelling with some fishing gear and taking some time to visit fishy looking spots as I go. I think it adds to the memories you collect about a place - local foods, local languages, local cultures........& local fishing
  13. here ya go mate Highlight was defiently last 2 days on the flats at ansons bay catching massive bream on hardbodies, We found the spot on the afternoon of the second last day and if only we had found it sooner. the action was awesome. Just awesome action for about the 2-3 hours it was possible to fish the flats. you had to wade out atleast knee to waist depth and cast over the sandy patches inbetween the weedbeds and twicth your lure quite hard with long pauses to get them to bite. In two sessions we would have rolled about 20-25fish. With about 90% being over 40cm. Biggest went 45cm by Myself, with numerous 44's, 43's, 42's, and 41's. There definetly doesnt seem to be many small fish amongst them and im sure if you fished it long enough youd crack a fifty in no time flat. The whole place is so underfished it's incredible pretty much anywhere you go you can catch good quality and good numbers of a whole heap of different species. This bunch of photos is mainly bream with a few salmon and trout pics thrown in i think Enjoy Smallest Bream of the trip Musselroe Point Sighcasted Brown trout
  14. hey guys can anyone suggest any rivers to fish from here to melbourne where i get on the barge? i think im pretty sorted for when i get to tassie with all the other threads
  15. Hi Guys I used To live down Lutana and now live up in QLD ,some of my good flattie spots were saundersons rd east risdon 500-1000 metres from the old punt site heading south,Self Point in front of the fuel depots,CSRIO down at salamanca,The old hobart floating bridge (east side,there is a man made rock pool north of there about 100 meters in bay esplanade)Rosny Reserve Rosny point Battery bluff Reserve (Kangaroo Point),Sandown park Sandy Bay near the surf club,boat ramp steps,at the end of Conningham rd opposite the fish farms,and the Bruny Island ferry terminal Roberts point never failed for a flattie.Im Miss My Fav Spots But am looking for new ones up in brissy area.Lots of places to fish down there how i miss it . good Luck.
  16. G'day All, Thought i'd share a few pics of some nice Bream that my old man and little bro had fun with down in Tassie.... I already have my flights boooked!
  17. hello! i'm finding myself in Hobart for 4 Days this August and as i'll have my light spinning rod with me, there's some fishing that can be done in the extreme cold of a tassie winter. is anyone familiar at all with Hobart? and any tips for light, land based fishing fun? because i have less than no idea. and in fact i only looked at it on a map a few days back! "people live there?????" crazy.. seriously tho, the way its shaping up, sx40's are gonna find their way into the blue around battery point and just north of there. there has to be black bream in some form of another. these are preferrably the primary target. so, if you are enlightened with quality info, let it flow, otherwise please insert some geographical styled jokes abut tasmanians and who they marry! cheers
  18. hey guys, just came back from tassie, went down for a couple of days to visit my best mate and do some fishing with him. here are 5 good things i picked up in tassie. 1. Eastern School Whiting 2. Horse Mackerel 3. Blue Warehou 4. Sand Flathead 5. Common Gurnard Perch i was bored one afternoon and went for a quick fish by myself. did an hour and ended up with a nice eastern school whiting. it was released back after the photo. the Blue Warehou and the Horse Mackerel were caught one night when my mate and i decided to have a fun session. we used heavy duty lights to attract the fish and went on a spree. within 2 and a half hours we can caught 20 fish. 10 Warehou and 10 Mackerel. the next day we went on a flattie spree. within 2 hours we had caught close to 20 flatties, all legal. My best mate caught the biggest one that day, 43cm. sadly we didnt get any Tiger Flatties. We filleted them and made beer battered flathead for a party that evening. the red gurnie was a by catch and was released unharmed.
  19. The alarm went off at 3am on Saturday 4th April, filled the travel mug with a cappuccino and esky with V cans and we were off for our short drive to Tasmania down the Newell Highway through central NSW and VIC. Approx 9pm that night saw us at Cobram where we decided to call it a day, checked into a motel for the night. With V cans still flowing through my bloodstream I unhooked the trailer from the car and ventured few minutes up the road for a few beers and fish on the Murray River in the hope I could jag a Murray Cod :woohoo: . Wasn’t to be unfortunately, hitting a big wall after couple hours and cast after cast with spinnerbait and calling it a night. Mid morning start and a quick stop at Sheparton Maccas for a coffee stop saw us in Port Melbourne bit after lunch. The weather was perfect! So off with the jacket and hopped on a tram to the Crown Casino for lunch, punt and a few pints then sneak in a fish in the port before Spirit of Tasmania departed at 9pm. I forgot what Melbourne weather can do. Few hours later it went from sunny and mid 20deg temps to rain, 30 + knot winds and temps around 15deg. So fishing was definatly not an option, so sat at the café near next to the tram stop sipping on lattes enjoying some of Port Melb finest leaving the gym in next to nothing :silly: We finally loaded up approx 200 cars for an overnight trip to Devonport Aboard Spirit of Tasmania II. The captain advising us of a rough journey ahead, 6-8m swells and 40+ knots expected in the Bass Strait . After hearing this the bar was calling out to me for me some remedies. The power of the ocean is AMAZING to say the least! The ship had to be at least 200m and we were thrown around like a 4m boat on a breezy day on the bay. I even got rolled out of bed haha! After a rough ride we finally unloaded at Devonport then made our way through the Tamar Valley stopping at several wineries and enjoying the scenery, rather than heading straight down the motorway to Launceston, then Hobart. We finally completed the last leg of the drive and arriving at Claremont just north of Hobart. Where I was greeted with 6deg temperatures and snow on Mt Wellington, sh*t it was cold! Was a bit unsure fishing in this haha. Early next morning our plan was to tow the boat to St Helens, Scamander River region to fish for BIG black bream. But the weather was average to say the least! So rather than waste a 3 hour drive, we headed local out past Sorell to Dunalley to have some fun with some leatherjackets. After battling with very COLD 20+ knots winds straight off the southern ocean and rain. We bagged out in about and hour! The fishing was unbelievable! :woohoo: (my camera died while I was fishing so no pics ) Each cast was producing a fish, fresh squid we got the day before from the markets was proving a winner. No joy on HB lures and SPs, to windy to cast and had no feel on what was happening. By 9am we were done and went for a drive. Every part of water you find is soooooooooo fishy its amazing. Its such a well preserved area for recreational fishos to enjoy themselves and actually catch fish. Weather forecast ahead was pretty average, so I decided to leave few days early and booked the first flight out of Hobart on the Thursday and headed upto Noosa that day with Wife and Kid to spend the easter long weekend at Noosa Springs Resort. Got a text from the Brother In Law on the Friday where the weather was perfect and they managed 14 Black Bream from Scamander River 40cm + and finally cracking the 50cm mark!!!! So typical I thought, ah well such is life I guess. I enjoyed spending K Rudds handouts on wine, golf, food and massages on the resort :silly: Sorry for looooooooooong report didn’t realise till I finished But I do recommend anyone that has a chance to head over to do it. It’s a beautiful place and a fishos dream! Cheers Eddie
  20. Just about to leave for my loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong drive to Tassy to help father in law move. Then staying there for a week to explore and chase some trout and BIG black bream. Hopefully a decent report to follow in the next week :woohoo: Cheers Eddie
  21. Well just got back yesterday from my trip to Tassie to see the family and do a bit of trout fishing. Copped a few cool days with a bit of snow fall about the ranges. Arrived in Hobart on Thursday 13th and went to the brother’s place. He has a dam at the back of his place so decided to go for a quick flick with a bream spin fitted with a squidgy rainbow soft plastic. 4th cast hooked up and after a nice little tussle landed a 2lb rainbow that was released to fight another day . Had a few more casts for one other bump and then the rain and wind got the better of me. On Saturday I travelled to the uncle’s farm located at Caveside under the western Tiers in the N/E of the state. Sunday morning saw a light snow fall showing on the range and a stiff breeze blowing so not looking good for the highland lakes. After a bit of discussion we decided to try our luck at Four Springs Lake not far from Launceston. Got to the lake and it was looking perfect but that soon changed when we got on the lake as the weed growth had a large percentage of it usable for trolling lures. The day saw us with only 1 hook up that did not turn into a fish landed. Monday was looking better for a trip to my favourite highland lake, Lake Mackenzie. The lake has a bag limit of 5 per person and I got to admit I had never managed that with a lot of trips seeing me coming up one short. Launched the boat around 2pm. The water level was down about 6mtrs, the water temperature was 10.3 degrees and the air was thick with mossies but not one of them bit us. Picked up 3 fish in the first 30 minutes and then the bites died off with only an occasional hit. Pulled the pin around 7pm as it was getting very windy and dam cold. Final total for the day was 7 landed with another 6 hooked and lost. As any trout fisho will know that’s still not a bad tally for the conditions. By the way I finally landed my bag limit of 5 and to say I was stoked would be understating it. Tuesday say us trying another one of the highland lakes that has produced for me in the past, Lake Rowallan. We headed up the top end of the lake where the river comes in as the bottom is an old grass paddock and usually produces a few nice rainbow as well as browns. 4 hours of trolling and we only picked up 1 2lb brown that didn’t even give a kick until he was in the boat. Decided to pack up and go back up to Mackenzie for the last few hours. Ended up with another three nice fish out of there 1 Brown and 2 Locklevens. (The Locklevens put up as good a fight as a rainbow.) Wednesday we headed up to the Great Lake. Only 4 other boats on the southern end of the lake as the wind was a stiff north easterly with a few white caps out on the lake. Wasn’t long before there were only us and another boat left out on the lake. Spend 6 hours trolling around using Tassie Devils and Flatfish lures for 2 browns. Thursday wasn’t supposed to be a fishing day but the uncle talked me into it (wasn’t hard to do). He left it up to me where to go so even though we could hear the wind howling up over the mountains I decided to give Mackenzie another go. Launched the boat around 2.45pm with the mossies even thicker than the other day. 5 fish in the boat in the first hour and 9 in with 3 hours. Took us another 2 hours to get that last fish so we both had our bags. All in all it turned out to be a fairly good fishing holiday with 24 landed and about the same lost. Bagging out twice at Mackenzie made the trip one of my best experiences. Now all that’s left is for me to bag out at one of the lakes that has a 12 fish limit. Plenty of 11s in the past. Light snow on the range Mackenzie Mackenzie Trout Mackenzie Mozzies on boat Lake Rowallan Great Lake Rainbow Trout
  22. Arrived in Tassy today to visit the family and of course wet a line. The winds blowing a gail and the rain and snows on its way but dicided to wet a line with the brother and his kids just on dark. I would give my favourite breamspin a go with a squidgy trout soft plastic attached. Fourth cast hooked up to a nice 2.5 pound rainbow took a quick pick and let him live to fight another day. A few more casts and and had another hid and miss. Called it time as the wind was up and the rain was comming down. Looking forward to give the same combo a go in some of the larger lakes that we are planning to hit.
  23. This thread discusses the Content article: Tassie Bream'n Nice work Nabs! And great article. Angus