Mako tops 200kg
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.sportsfish tas.org.au/flatheadclassic
Tight lines until next week.
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