Festive fun the prize catch
THE New Norfolk Licensed Anglers Association held its annual Christmas barbecue in superb conditions at the Rotunda on the New Norfolk Esplanade last Sunday.
Members and families shared great food with presents and lolly bags given out to the kids.
Thanks went to NNLAA members that came along and also the women who went out of their way to bring salads and desserts.
The committee also thanks members/volunteers and sponsors for their support throughout 2017.
The association has a break over Christmas/New Year and the next club competition will be February 17-18 next year.
Also, don’t forget the monthly competitions and weighing in trout at Williams Outdoors to have a chance at winning a monthly prize.
Places worth a fish for trout over the break are Arthurs Lake, Great Lake, Lake Pedder, Lake Crescent, Lake Echo and Lake King William.
Remember stocked Atlantic salmon in waters like Meadowbanks and Craigbourne Dam, which also have healthy populations of trout.
Black bream are biting in the Derwent River and are always great fun to catch.
Bream will readily take baits fished on the bottom such as small bait fish, crabs or shrimp/prawns and they will also take most similar profile soft plastics or hard bodied lures fished super slow.
Reports of yellow tail king fish in the Derwent Estuary have anglers excited with men- tion of kingies seen swimming in schools around Hobart wharves, the Tasman Bridge and off Bellerive Bluff.
Kingies follow and feed on Australian salmon and squid so find these fish to give yourself the best chance of catching some.
When targeting kingies upsize all your gear due to their strength and fighting capabili- ties and also target them using large lures and metal slices/jigs or baits like whole squid heads including tentacles or a live Salmon out under a float/balloon.
The annual Australia Day Trout Fishing Competition run by the Lake Pedder Angling Club is on at Lake Pedder from January 24-28. The major prize is another 13ft (3.96m) boat with a 25 hp motor and second prize a kayak with a depth sounder.
For more competition details check the Lake Pedder Anglers Club Facebook page and for bookings and camping options ring the Pedder Wilderness Lodge on 03 62801166.
Another competition worth a mention is the 7HO Derwent River Flathead Classic on January 13.
It’s a charity event for kids that also connects to depression awareness and specifically the organisation SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.
If interested in entering check this website for more details www.sports fishtas.org.au/ flatheadclassic
With the holidays approaching a lot of people are planning trips away and with extra activity also comes extra risks.
Whatever your plans are take care, especially on the roads, and always be aware of the fire risks over the remaining months of summer.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.