Snapper numbers increase
  |  First Published: April 2011

We have seen plenty of snapper in the Montagu and Burnie area in large numbers and a few smaller populations in-between these two points.

Although it isn't in the north west or the Tamar River, it is still a brilliant place to chase snapper. The wonderful thing about targeting snapper is that there is always other species such a red mullet, ocean perch, skate, wobbegong, barracouta, morwong, gummy sharks and school sharks to keep you entertained in between snapper.

It’s great to see that Tasmanians are finally getting good snapper down here and providing another dimension to Tasmania's already very versatile spices list.


The Burnie area has really go it all going in the saltwater category with the previously motioned snapper, barracouta, sharks and along side them we see good numbers of Australian salmon, flathead, tailor and some fairly large mackerel swimming around.

Burnie is definitely a hotspot for saltwater fishing and has seen a massive amount of boats pulling up at the boat ramp.

These anglers have been using all methods to chase these fish and there is really something for everyone here, no matter your style or experience.

Other places such as Port Sorell and the many river systems on the coast are good to try for these species and you may even encounter a bream if fishing the Mersey or Port Sorell.


There is so much going on in the salt at the moment; it’s quite easy to forget about the freshwater species. A balanced diet between freshwater and saltwater fishing is always good to have.

Lake Barrington has had a pretty good month or so and some good numbers and sizes of fish coming out of it. Trolling and drift spinning from boats has been the winning combination, but other methods can be useful.

Grasshoppers are thick around our rivers so there will be a lot sport for fly fishers in almost any accessible river.

Guide Dam is always worth a look, and although it’s more productive early season fish can still be caught round this time and a small drive past this dam and you will come to Guildford, home to Talbots Lagoon which is also worth a look.

Huntsman Lake is another good water at the moment with reports of many fish coming to the fly and many smaller fish being seen cruising the banks so stop in and have a look here two very worth while.

The most pleasing thing about Huntsman is that the future looks quite good for this lake and cant wait to see how its performing in a couple of years time. While the water is still a little discoloured from the January floods, it is still a great option for April.

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