Fun for all the family
THE 2018 Southern Tasmanian Licensed Anglers Association family day and barbecue was held at the Bushy Park Junior Fishing Pond on Sunday.
Hosted by the New Norfolk Licensed Anglers Association, the day is a get-together for STLAA members, families and friends, with the opportunity for the kids to learn how to catch a fish.
It was a good turnout though not a lot of trout were caught, probably because of cormorants and sea eagles scaring fish in the days before the event.
The girls won bragging rights over the boys again, catching all the fish which were chunky rainbow trout weighing .350kg to .790kg.
Four girls received a small prize for their catches and everyone enjoyed a good feed and some delicious dessert made by members.
These events are priceless and the memories last a lifetime — but they wouldn’t happen without the work and support of the Inland Fisheries Service, Anglers Alliance Tasmania, STLAA and NNLAA.
With continued support the NNLAA looks to continue hosting similar days into the future and I am sure the girls are keen to rub the boys’ noses in it a little longer.
Stay tuned for more information in regards to another family/junior day early in 2019.
And NNLAA members should remember the club’s Christmas barbecue at the Salmon Ponds on December 9.
The third round of the 2018 Tasmanian Trout Classic is on this weekend at Great Lake and results will be in next week’s report. SOME colder weather bought trout back on the bite in the Derwent River last week.
I caught a nice sea runner around 2kg early Saturday morning on a Berkley Gulp three-inch Emerald Shiner soft plastic.
Dabbling bait with Justin Reid the night before, I caught and released a monster eel and also saw a seal working the river near New Norfolk.
Three weeks earlier I caught Australian salmon, mullet, bream and a few trout but after the rain it was only the latter.
Rivers like the Styx, Plenty, Ouse, Tyenna, Florentine and Nive are all worth fishing. Target smaller rivers as water levels start to clear up.
Yellowtail kingfish are starting to be caught around the state with reports of a few from the lower Derwent around the Tasman Bridge and Bellerive.
Black bream are biting from the Bowen Bridge through to Norske Skog and will do until after Christmas — but remember they are spawning and they are not safe to eat, so release them if you can.
Tight lines until next week.
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