Deep water action getting hotter
  |  First Published: March 2012

March is a very productive month for the Tasmanian angler.

The trout fishing is popular as is the blue water fishing for tuna and sharks and finally the estuary angler is also well catered for with bream, salmon and flathead all available.

Tasman Peninsula

In suitable weather conditions this is the playground for many trailer boat anglers aiming to catch some blue water game fish.

With the continental shelf within reach from Pirates Bay and Fortescue Bay, anglers will be able to tackle such species as albacore, striped tuna, yellowfin tuna and even the occasional bluefin tuna.

Trolling is by far the most effective method for the tuna with pushers and deep divers in green, yellow, brown and pink all being popular.

With warm still days often forecasted this time of year some anglers also choose to target mako and blue sharks with fish up to 120kg on offer. For those wishing to battle with the sharks, berley and lots of it is the key ingredient.

For those unable to venture out to the shelf there are various species available on inshore reefs including morwong perch, the odd sand flathead, gurnard and barracouta.

Lune River

Although the travel may deter some anglers the trip is most definitely worth it with this secluded fishery offering estuary fishing with a magical backdrop.

The estuary itself is the preferred location with large bream and resident trout being the most sought after species.

Bait fishing with crabs, prawns and Bass yabbies is recommended to catch large specimens with soft plastic fishing also accounting for its fair share of fish.

Besides the bream fishery the estuary offers the occasional silver trevally, Atlantic salmon, mullet and Australian salmon with all species providing great sport on light tackle.

I generally tend to concentrate on the middle sections of the river this time of year.

Boat anglers will be at an advantage with the best launching locations for larger boats the mouth of the river while those with smaller vessels can launch just above the main road bridge.

Southern Streams

With grasshoppers on the menu fly and bait anglers are in their element with southern streams and rivers such as Little Denison, Denison, Tyenna, Russell, Weld and Huon all predicted to fish well.

Fly anglers should use a floating line with a parachute pattern or deer hair head variation effective.

In the larger pools where fish are a little more difficult iron blue duns, black spinners, buzzers and nymphs are all effective.

Bait anglers will often catch larger than average fish with live grasshoppers fished on a fly rod or ultra-light-spinning rod. Remember to keep the hook size to a minimum.

Lure anglers will do best to use small Celtas in the faster water and bibbed minnows in the slower pools. Rapalas are still hard to beat.

Small soft plastics are also effective with the Squidgy Wriggler pattern one of which I have had success before.

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