The big news for November is the reopening of the striped trumpeter fishery and the rock lobster fishery to recreational anglers.
Striped trumpeter were closed to recreational fishing for September and October and the rock lobster closed completely to male and female fish for the same months.
Striped trumpeter should fare well, with the fish having a couple of months rest from angling pressure. The fishing will start off very strong with many anglers usually reporting good catches. Areas such as the Binalong Patch, the 14 Mile patch off Eddystone Point and areas down off Bicheno and Seymour have all produced fish in the past and should continue to fish well. There has even been a handful of fish caught closer to home on Merricks Reef and the Gravel Patch over the past few seasons and this gets better with every closed season that passes.
With the weather starting to stabilise a little better there has been much more action offshore lately with boat anglers reporting good hauls of king flathead in 40-60m of water and appear to be quite large in size, some fish reaching 60-70cm in size with plenty of 50cm averages.
Further inshore Georges Bay has been firing hard, some good seasonal rainfall has flushed the bay well and there have been large amounts of small baitfish moving throughout the bay.
Earlier in spring anglers witnessed to some amazing fishing where large Australian salmon around 4-5lb were hoarding schools into the shallow water all along the beach near the Sea Scout Hall and feeding on them in little more than half a metre of water……anglers were able to catch good fish right at their feet.
Up in the Moulting Bay area, boat anglers have been consistently catching good Australian Salmon up to 3kg and some good tailor to around 1kg. Most of these fish have been caught using soft plastic lures with the Squidgy Flick Bait in Evil Minnow colour being very popular.
Silver trevally are also hot on the bite and are being caught all over the bay. Anglers fishing Kirwins and Parkside Jety have been rewarded by good-sized fish as have boat anglers fishing the channel and Moulting Bay areas.
Two species showing up in regularity at the moment have also been squid and King George whiting, both fantastic eating fish and take a little bit more searching to find but are well worth the effort.
Casting red and white Yoshikawa squid jigs around the weed beds should produce s quid if they are in the area and small #2 Gamakatsu Bait Keeper hooks laced with a pipi bait and cast to the edge of the weed beds should produce the whiting if they are around.
The Scamander River has the bream in full swing spawning and has been producing some fantastic fishing. One local angler from Scamander has reported some excellent fish being caught using the Squidgy Wriggler in Wasabi and Bloodworm colours and fished lightly into the tree snags where the fish are schooling up as well as the Cranka Vibe in the new BBQ and POB Prawn colours.
On the freshwater scene local rivers the Georges River and the South Esk have produced some fantastic action and are now seeing regular caddis and spinner hatches, with a local angler fooling some exceptional fish on the South Esk late last month. This is proof that it’s not just Tasmania’s lake country that holds good-sized brown trout
For any more advice on where to go and what to catch just drop in and see me, Jamie, at St Helens Bait & Tackle.Reads: 1913