Cold water slows some action
  |  First Published: September 2011

The Tamar has been very quiet with the cold water temperatures quieting the fishing immensely.

For the die-hard anglers who brave the Tassie cold winters there are still some fish to be caught.

George Town and Low Head are still kicking on with Australian salmon being caught over the last couple of weeks. The fish have been getting a little bigger as well. Salmon up to 1.6kg have been taken.

Most of the larger fish have been taken in very shallow water hard up against the shore. The salmon have been herding up schools of whitebait.

Land-based anglers have been more successful than the boat anglers mainly because most of the fish are feeding over very heavy reef and only the bravest of boat owners will head into these reefy, rough shallow areas.

Apart from the salmon, the only other fish that have been on the bite around George Town are yellow-eye mullet. They have been mainly taken off the Pier pontoon and Seaport pontoons. Young local anglers have been berleying up large schools using chook pellets mixed with tuna oil. The best baits for them are chicken breast, whitebait or bluebait. The most important tip when targeting mullet is to keep your hook size down. Mullet have very small mouths and are picky.

Flounder spearers have also been doing quite well at Lagoon Beach. One local angler has got around 15-20 plate size flounder when the conditions have been favourable.

Best times to target them are on calm nights around the new moon with the run-in tide being after dark.

In the upper reaches of the Tamar thing are very quiet. There is plenty of whitebait in the river at present. There are quite a few eager anglers waiting on the arrival of the sea trout, which normally appear at this time of year.

Being a fish taxidermist I normally mount a few big Tamar sea trout with the biggest over the years being 7kg. They are mainly taken from Hillwood to Launceston and can be taken on all methods of fishing, because they live most of their lives in the ocean eating baitfish. They grow a lot bigger than normal freshwater brown trout and they also fight a lot harder as well.

Fishing might be quiet at the moment but with the opening of the new trout season we can only hope that things improve.

The author with an example of just how big those Tamar River sea run trout can get.

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