Game fishing season is now
  |  First Published: February 2011

Calm, consistent and warm weather, what more could the angler ask for!

Besides the already present estuarine species such as Australian salmon, bream and flathead the southern Tasmanian angler is also gearing up for game fishing season.

On the menu this month will be albacore and striped tuna, the odd yellowfin and of course the sought after mako sharks and elusive striped marlin.

Pirates Bay

Pirates bay is the capital when it comes to southern Tasmanian game fishing.

Over the next three or possibly four months this area will be most renowned for its big southern bluefin tuna.

As mentioned above albacore, yellowfin tuna and mako sharks are amongst the most sought after species with the odd marlin also encountered.

Anglers mostly use Pirates Bay as their base camp, heading straight out of the bay and south to the famous Hypolyte Rocks or alternatively anglers can head north towards Maria.

Trolling traditional Yo-Zuri style squid skirts and Mack baits is effective as are larger pushers.

When weather conditions prevail and the tide and weather cooperate this area also offers some superb bottom fishing with striped trumpeter, king flathead and morwong perch all available. Standard heavy-duty bottom gear is required the only two essentials being braid and a reel with a fast ratio!

Close to Hobart city, the Derwent Estuary is the perfect spot to wet a line with this productive location easily accessed and fished within minutes from the front door.

Freshwater anglers generally concentrate on the river north of Granton, which can be accessed via boat and additionally for those whom don’t mind a walk from the shore.

Limekiln Point is the first recognised ‘hot spot’ and although car access is now prohibited anglers can walk down and fish this time and again proven productive hole.

The next kilometre or so of river is better suited to the boat angler with trolling and drift spinning being the two best methods – lead line and trolling bibbed minnows being recommended.

The middle reaches also offer some brilliant bream fishing for the boating enthusiast prepared to put in the time. Either soft plastic fishing or bait fishing with pretty fish is recommended. A moving tide will often bring with it the best results.

The Huon River

Further down the channel is the Huon River and surrounding tributaries, all of which offer brilliant fishing during the summer months.

This unique area of the state holds numerous wonderful waterways with the Huon itself, Little Denison River, Dennison, Russell River, Judd’s Creek and Weld River all being classified as comfortable day outings.

The Little Denison and Russell are two of the easier accessed fisheries and contain a combination of rainbow trout, brown trout and even the odd Atlantic salmon.

Lure, bait and fly are all effective with lure being the most effective method. Anglers armed with small Rublex Celta green/red and gold lures will have success as will those using 3-5cm floating Rapala pattern bibbed minnows.

Flycasting is challenging due to the tight casting conditions, but the skilled angler who can present a fly, fish will readily take a Royal Wulff, Royal Humpy, emerger or Hare and Copper nymph.

Similar to the Derwent, the middle reaches of the Huon also holds some massive bream with a few rogue Atlantic salmon also thrown into the mix. Whitebait pattern flies, pretty fish and soft plastics are all recommended offerings.

Where we would be without the flathead – the saviour of many a difficult trip.

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