Fun for all the fam­ily

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

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.

Send your fish­ing re­ports, pic­tures and tips to val­ley­fishes and keep track of the

Fish­ing page on Face­book.

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