March relies upon settled weather and warm offshore currents
  |  First Published: March 2013

March is renowned for still conditions and plenty of fishing opportunities.

This time of years anglers of all kinds are catered for with bluewater fishing peaking, trout fishing very productive and finally the estuaries are packed with an array of sportfish including some massive bream.

Tasman Peninsula

Bluewater fishing is what March is all about and what better place to be than the tried and tested south east coast.

With the Peninsula being ravaged by the devastating bushfires earlier in the year this is even more reason to head down to this part of the state and spend a few dollars. Rather than go for the day maybe consider going down for the weekend and help out those people who rely on the travelling public to turn a dollar.

The fishing on the 100m line and the continental shelf should be awesome with an array of pelagic species available such as striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, striped tuna, albacore tuna, blue sharks and mako sharks.

For those wanting to do some deep water bottom bouncing there is also the chance of snagging a blue eye or gemfish.

Depending on water temperatures anglers are also a chance for an early season southern bluefin tuna.

For all the tuna species trolling is the most effective methods with 10kg, 15kg and 24kg outfits recommended. For the larger specimens trolling large pushers is recommended. For the smaller tuna species a trolled skirt or small bullet head pusher is recommended. It is also worth carrying a small selection of deep divers.

For those bottom bouncing electric reels are recommended for the real deep stuff while if in a little closer chasing striped trumpeter and perch and Alvey or a high ratio egg beater will do the job.

Anglers prefering to fish the more sheltered inshore waters Pirates Bay, Port Arthur and Fortescue bay all offer good fishing for leatherjacket, wrasse and of course calamari squid.

D’Entrecasteaux Channel

The D’Entrecasteaux Channel will be a hive of activity this time of year as still water anglers converge on this very productive waterway. Flathead and Australian salmon are the main stay of the channel and if the past couple of months are anything to go by March should be very productive. Lure, fly and bait are all effective methods.

Soft plastic and fly anglers will do best to drift and cast from a boat. The closer your offering gets to the structure or numerous drops offs the better.

Similar to above calamari are also available as are large numbers of arrow squid should numbers of bait turn up.

Huon River

For those chasing trout the Huon River offers very pleasant fishing during this time of year. Trolling can be effective with it recommended anglers stick to the edges.

Anglers who fish up river such as north of the main road bridge will be blessed by generally clear water and plenty of fish holding structure.

Although it has been reported recently that cormorants are becoming a concern the smaller feeder streams such as the Denison and Russel Rivers also usually provide good fishing during March.

The beaches are a serene place to try for a salmon or blue spot flathead in March.

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