Big garfish return to the bay
  |  First Published: May 2013

Autumn has seen continued fishing action both inshore and offshore along the east coast of Tasmania.

Georges Bay is producing a great run of large silver trevally. These fish are excellent sport on light gear and can be found in areas such as the main channel in the faster current, Moulting Bay and also deep underneath the schools of salmon and tailor feeding on baitfish.

Squid are still hot on the bite and with calmer days and clearer water conditions it has become much easier to polarise fish sitting around weed beds along the sandy channels down the bay.

Big garfish

At the moment its all about large garfish. These are now being caught in good numbers and can be found mostly around the sea grass beds down along the red channel markers.

A small float with a small #10-12 hook and a tiny piece of white squid bait is the perfect rig for the garfish.

Whenever fishing for garfish, berley is as important as the bait and Ultrabite Stimulate Ground Berley mixed with a small amount of fish oil and sent in a trail down current will attract a school of gars very quickly.


Offshore anglers enjoyed a good month with some yellowfin tuna action and fish of over 60kg being boated.

There are also still some good albacore schools hanging around not far offshore as well as some large striped tuna with some anglers targeting these little speedsters with fly gear.

Reef anglers are starting to have good results bottom fishing for striped trumpeter and blueye Trevalla on areas such as the Binalong Patch and the 14 Mile Patch east of Eddystone Point.

A simple twin or three hook paternoster style rigs will do the job with a 16-24oz snapper style sinker dropped down on to some suitable reef.

There are still some good bream numbers in Georges Bay however these will start to diminish as the month progresses and the fish start the winter run back to the river systems to get ready to spawn in spring.

Ansons Bay and Scamander River will be a couple of places to put some more effort into in the coming months.

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