Mako tops 200kg

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - With Adam Rice

FES­TIV­I­TIES are over for an­other year and if you’re like me you prob­a­bly made the New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to go fish­ing more in 2018.

The year has started well with some set­tled weather al­low­ing anglers to get out and catch some good fish in both fresh and salt wa­ter.

The Cen­tral High­lands has been a hot spot over the hol­i­days with anglers out in force en­joy­ing some great trout fish­ing.

Fly anglers are happy with big dun hatches bring­ing feed­ing trout to the sur­face on Pen­stock and Lit­tle Pine la­goons. Duns are young mayflies which hatch un­der­wa­ter and move to moult on land.

Moult­ing duns grow a new skin and shed the old, trans­form­ing into what’s called “spin­ners”. Spin­ners are now adult mayflies and they will mate, lay their eggs and die.

Nineteen La­goons or the West­ern Lakes is fish­ing well for tail­ing trout cruis­ing the shal­lows, and some good re­ports have come from Arthur’s Lake, Great Lake, Woods Lake and Lake Echo us­ing all meth­ods — lure, fly and bait.

Grasshop­pers are a great nat­u­ral bait to tar­get trout at this time of year. One rigged up on a tiny hook float­ing and kick­ing on the wa­ter’s sur­face is hard to re­sist for any hun­gry trout. A small swivel or ball of split shot lead can be used to add weight to get the bait down to a de­sired depth in dif­fer­ent wa­ter con­di­tions.

In the salt wa­ter tuna and mako shark are cruis­ing the coast and some good school al­ba­core and school south­ern bluefin tuna are tak­ing trolled skirt or stick­bait lures off Ea­gle­hawk Neck.

Mako shark are also avail­able and Dy­lan Loh, fish­ing on-board the boat Black Magic skip­pered by Josh Ham­mer­s­ley, caught a beauty weigh­ing 213.8kg on Satur­day.

The big mako won him the big­gest shark in a com­pe­ti­tion off St Helens and a few oth­ers were also weighed in as well as tagged and re­leased.

The fourth “Spot On, Shi­mano” Australia Day Shark and Game­fish Chal­lenge, run by the Tuna Club pf Tas­ma­nia, is on Jan­uary 27.

For en­try de­tails check the club’s Face­book page or give them a call on 0427 656 261.

Striped trum­peter, gem­fish, blue eye trevalla and Ray’s bream are bit­ing off the shelf and are a pop­u­lar by catch while berley­ing up shark.

Tiger (king) flat­head are bit­ing off Mar­ion, Fortes­cue and Fred­er­ick Henry bays with sand and dusky flat­head also avail­able.

Bruny and Bet­sey Is­land ar­eas are also pop­u­lar with the same said for the D’En­tre­casteaux Chan­nel, which is where the Huon and Der­went River es­tu­ar­ies run to the Tas­man Sea and South Pa­cific Ocean.

Sand whit­ing, Aus­tralian sal­mon, mul­let, tai­lor, cala­mari/ar­row squid, bar­ra­couta, gurnard, ele­phant fish/shark, yel­low­tail king­fish, snap­per and more are avail­able for the per­sis­tent and pa­tient an­gler.

If tar­get­ing snap­per, find struc­tures and use lots of berley to bring the fish to the boat or try bounc­ing big soft plas­tics (5/7 inch) or sim­i­lar close to the bot­tom.

The 7HOFM Der­went River Flat­head Clas­sic is on this week­end which is a teams event fo­cused on kids’ fish­ing. Prof­its from the event go to the Speak Up Stay Chatty sui­cide pre­ven­tion char­ity. For en­try de­tails go to www.sports­fish­head­clas­sic

Tight lines un­til next week.

Send your fish­ing re­ports, pic­tures and tips to val­ley­fishes and keep track of the Fish­ing page on Face­book.

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