SCHOOLIES ARE IN

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - Front Page - with Justin Causby

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.

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