SCHOOLIES ARE IN
THE trout season is about to wind down for 2012 with the New Norfolk Anglers club holding its final competition for the year this weekend.
Some rainbow trout based fisheries will, however, remain open along with several yearround waters in the south of the state.
While the trout season draws to a close, the tuna season is kicking into full swing and the blue fin continue to be found readily around the Tasman Peninsula.
There are plenty of reports of good fish coming out of Southport too, with a full car park at the boat ramp last weekend.
Reports of at least five blue fin over the 100kg mark were caught recently, so they jumbos are well and truly here already.
The heavy gear might need to be loaded to take on one of these mighty game fish.
I also had a report of a midsized boat launching out of a southern Hobart ramp and running down Bruny Island and trolling the 50-60 mark just south east of the landmass.
Some good sized schoolies were boated in short time and they were back home before lunch time with their quota.
There are also reports of plenty of tuna in close between Betsy and Wedge in the northern region of Storm Bay which also puts some good sport within reach of the smaller boats.
While the area is somewhat more protected, it can still get very rough quite quickly so never take on more than your boat can potentially handle safely.
Back in the freshwater there are still some large Atlantic salmon being taken at Craigbourne Dam which were released several weeks back.
These fish were not in big numbers but they were quite big and no doubt put up a pretty good fight.
Bright lures with a good vibration seem to work or the ever-reliable Gulp in pumpkinseed.
The Derwent River is still holding some excellent trout and I hope to get out after them before the season closes.
I think next season is going to be one of the best on the Derwent.
It just seems to get better each and every year.