Offshore delights
  |  First Published: April 2012

April, similar to March offers still, warm days. In addition to this the water temperatures are conducive to productive estuary, river and blue water fishing.

For those preferring to venture offshore the still conditions provide comfortable fishing for an array of bottom dwelling reef species such as morwong perch, striped trumpeter, gurnard, gummy sharks and flathead.

More sought after sportfish such as southern bluefin tuna are also beginning to peak throughout April.

Current reports are indicating the majority of fish being caught are school fish up to 30kg. With such a species that offers exceptional sport and eating qualities I remind anglers to abide by bag limits.

As the month goes on and the cooler currents approach super-sized bluefin tuna should begin to turn up. Along with these the odd larger than average albacore tuna will still be available.

Bruny Island

With Bruny Island fishing exceptionally well over the last couple of months anglers are hoping this continues.

Recently the area has held a large number of arrow squid, the occasional calamari squid, flathead, Australian salmon and gummy sharks all of which are recognised for their table qualities.

With baitfish still present at the time of writing I am predicting all these species will be available in healthy numbers for a good while yet.

Besides the sheltered water fishing those with the means to venture wider off the coast might be fortunate enough to get amongst the southern bluefin tuna.

Suggested locations are the waters wide of Adventure Bay, Cape Queen Elizabeth and the Friars.

Back inside the channel anglers fishing in close proximity to the numerous fish farms will pick up the occasional Atlantic salmon with Barnes Bay being a proven fish holding location.

A pretty fish slowly retrieved will attain the best results. Alternatively soft plastic minnows and Toby style spoon lures are effective.

Some anglers also choose to target these sport fish on their fly rods. BMS, small Clouser and smelt patterns are recommended.

The fish farms also attract large populations of sand flathead and other occasional visitors such as slimy mackerel, jack mackerel, warehou and silver trevally all of which are sought after species.

Southern Rivers

The Tyenna, Russel and Denison rivers, although quite heavily fished are still producing healthy brown trout and the odd rainbow.

Although the fish are spooky in some pools they can usually be undone with a 5cm floating brown or rainbow trout Rapala, Celta or lightly weighted soft plastic.

Fly angler’s state wide also look forward to April as it usually gives up good numbers of aggressive grasshopper feeders.

Besides the 'real deal' threaded onto a lightweight, short shank bait hook an imitation grasshopper pattern fly is as productive a method, especially in fast flowing water.

The often crystal clear water offers some very visual fishing and although fish larger than 1kg are rare there are big bags on offer.

With limited casting room the flyfishing can be frustrating and downright difficult at times. Besides grasshopper patterns a traditional Royal Humpy in a small size is hard to go past and on dark a black spinner is a reliable fall back.

A team of nymphs fished under an indicator is also productive.

Other rivers worthy of attention in April are the Huon, Weld, upper Derwent, Arve, Styx, Sorell Creek, and Plenty.

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