Bluefin action ramps up
THE Bluefin tuna have arrived in good numbers off the Tasman Peninsula with some good catches over the past two weekends.
School fish up to 30kg are plentiful and a 100kg-plus jumbo was landed last week.
In among them are plenty of Stripeys with a few good eating Albacore scattered around. The Marlin action has come to a halt with very little action reported after the surge of sightings and captures in January and February. Should the Bluefin action continue to ramp up it will make for a rather successful game fishing season for 2012.
Results from the recent 20th annual Eddie Wigston Memorial Trout Fishing Contest were sent out to team leaders following the event.
It was another great event and fantastic to see it reach its 20th year.
A total of 108 anglers took part making up 49 teams with 268 trout presented in at the Sunday weigh-in.
The average weight was down this year – from 470g to 330g – after several teams fished Lake King William returning big bags of smaller fish.
Some very small fish were landed at Lake Echo also but it too returned the bigger captures for the weekend.
The winning team this year was once again Team Shamwari, consisting of Tony Robertson, Kevin Vaux and Kelvin Seabourne; taking out the event for the third consecutive year.
Their bag weight of 57 fish was 17.520kg edging out Team Devil Worship; Justin Causby and Tim Lowe, with 50 fish at 16.680kg.
Rounding out the top three was Team Novak ‘n’ Good; Matt Heawood, Jack Heawood and Paul Ratcliffe with 11.315kg.
The Tasmanian round of the ABT Bream Series was run and won on the weekend on the Derwent River.
The competition was based out of Lindisfarne where some of Australia’s best tournament anglers gather to chase the country’s biggest bream.
This year local anglers outnumbered the interstate anglers in the boater field with 17 of the 21 entrants from Tasmania, which was great to see.
The non-boater field included 75 per cent interstaters and the remainder locals.
In the ABT events boaters are randomly paired with a different non-boater on each day of the competition.
Each angler tries to land five legal-sized bream which are kept alive in a live well on the boat. Anglers must keep their fish separate.
The catch from both days is tallied together and the heaviest bag weight takes out the event. The year’s boater winner was Mark Mangold of NSW who landed his 10/10 limit at 11.560kg.
He also took out the Big Bream prize for a 1.60kg fish taking home $2100 for the win and $500 for big bream.
Second placed was Warren Carter, of Victoria, with 10.74 and in third was Isaac Harris, of Tasmania, with a 10.450bag.
In the non-boater section the best anglers were; in first Heath Krushka from Tasmania with 9.25kg.
Second was David Beer of WA with a 9.21kg bag and third went to Phil Nix of NSW with 8.53kg.