Time to get excited
  |  First Published: November 2009

At last summer has finally arrived.

Longer days and warmer water should mean the fishing is excellent for the whole of summer.

The local bream population are beginning to move in big numbers with the east coast estuaries and southern rivers such as the Lune and Esperance holding good numbers of fish.

Game anglers should be starting to get excited with December a great month for the elusive mako shark. For those lucky enough the odd albacore tuna might also be on the cards.

Freshwater anglers are also grateful for this time of year with the small streams around Judbury and Mt Field holding impressive numbers of small brown trout. Whether fly or lure fishing the fishing can be nothing short of world class.

D’Entrecasteaux Channel

The Huon River is the place to be for the freshwater angler and as mentioned last month the searun trout are the target species.

In fact I only just retuned from a trip in the Huon River where fish could be visibly seen chasing schools of terrified whitebait.

Due to the abundance of freshwater during winter and early spring the searun trout fishery will be productive right up until mid December – maybe even til Christmas.

Anglers are also catching the occasional Atlantic salmon with a recent escape of thousands of fish exciting the local angling community.

The upper reaches are recommended above the road bridge although fish can be caught throughout, including down as far as Castle Forbes Bay.

The middle reaches will gives up some well respected bream and estuary species such as yellow-eye mullet, mackerel and even the odd juvenile Australian salmon.

Soft plastic anglers will do best to drift and spin from a boat. Trolling with Tassie Devils is also effective.

Fly anglers will do best to use two whitebait patterns in tandem.

For those after a feed of the humble flathead the sheltered bay fishing off Bruny Island is excellent with healthy numbers of sand flathead available.

On the inside of the channel anglers will also come across various other species including juvenile barracouta, Atlantic salmon, Australian salmon, leatherjacket, mackerel, mullet and squid.

Bait fishing and soft plastics are the two recommended methods. Fishing the various drop-offs with a berley trail on an outgoing tide is recommend.

For those prepared to fish after dark, flounder are also on the menu.

Further south anglers will find the Esperance River productive for the occasional Atlantic and Australian salmon with a few solid bream also available.

The Lune River will also provide productive fishing, as will the nearby Southport Lagoon which gives up larger than average Australian salmon and flathead. Access is a tad difficult though.

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