February Fires Up
  |  First Published: January 2010

February is a great time to be fishing on the North-West coast.

Like most other summer months things stay the same and February is no different. But towards the end of February we start to get into autumn and into cooler days.


The flathead have been part of the smorgasbord throughout summer. Expect to see plenty of flathead caught in February before they start to slow down into March. Anywhere between Stanley to Port Sorell should hold flathead, some more than others so pick spot wisely.

Flathead will take a lot of different lures and baits as long as they are fished near a sandy bottom. I have found that flathead are attracted to the new Berkley MF40. A boat is almost a must-have to catch these fish because they have been found to be at a depth of around 35m. This is why bait is a better option because you can get it to the bottom when you are fishing in 30m.


The best places to get your fix of the hard-hitting summer salmon are Port Sorell, Marrawah area (surf fishing), and most rivers on the north-west, especially the Arthur, Mersey and Leven rivers. The best method is spinning but bait will work as well. Best lures are Tassie Devils, Daiwa Dr Minnows and SC Shiners, soft plastics of all sorts, Berkley MF40. The best colours are anything shinny or fluoro and some natural looking colours work too.

On a recent trip to the Franklin River I saw small salmon hitting my barrel swivel that joined my leader so these salmon could take anything. Best bait would be bluebait but squid and whitebait would work to.

Terrific Trevally

Another one of Tassie's favourite fish joins the north-west summer smorgasbord - the snotty trevally, or warehou. These fish have been around for a while and have just been getting better and better: February is a top month for these hard fighting fish.

The best place to fish for these fast fish is at the Stanley Wharf, but they can be found in more spots around the Stanley Area. The trevally fishing has not always been fun and games there has been some reports of gear being broken because of the size and hard fighting nature of the fish.

Make sure you have the right gear to fish confidently and comfortably. The best gear to have are long rods around 10-12ft as this length of rod gives more control when fishing wharfs and lets you handle the fish better. Bait is the way to go, but I am sure there would be a few lures that these fish would be interested in. So get out there and smash them, but not your gear.

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