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Fishing Videos / Pump Pond.
« Last post by Member on Yesterday at 09:16:15 PM »
Finished my Chemo last week. I am now taking a break from it. My lovely wife spoiled me with two days at Tarraleah. Of course, I packed the rods. Only a short clip. Thanks For Watching. Don't forget to like, share and subscribe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1w94LSJJUs
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QLD Locations / Wyaralong
« Last post by Member on November 19, 2017, 07:51:38 PM »
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News Views & Press Releases / The 2017 whitebait season is now closed
« Last post by Member on November 15, 2017, 04:02:11 PM »
The 2017 whitebait season is now closed

The 2017 whitebait fishing season is now closed. After a wet opening to the season on 1 October making it difficult for fishers the weather slowly improved with good runs and catches being seen up until the closure on 11 November. The increased whitebait activity has also seen an increase in trout activity in our estuaries with plenty of anglers getting out and about.
Source: The 2017 whitebait season is now closed
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News Views & Press Releases / Keeping the heat on carp
« Last post by Member on November 13, 2017, 10:03:14 AM »
Keeping the heat on carp

The peak carp spawning season (October to February) is now in full swing, and as a result the IFS have started actively following "Judas" transmitter implanted carp seven days a week.

Since July, only 10 carp have been caught in Lake Sorell, which was much less compared to the same time period last year where 46 were caught. Carp numbers are known to be low but the lack of ideal environmental stimulus may also be a factor.

Low of rainfall, a falling lake level and very few warm days have slowed carp movement. These environmental conditions are the main triggers which encourage carp to push into the shallows and aggregate to spawn.

Most of the carp caught so far were from gill nets set off shallow rocky shores, as well as one small female carp which was caught in a barrier fyke net off Silver Plains Marsh.

Of the six transmitter fish released in September, five of these fish have been targeted and caught, resulting in a total of only two carp, with one being an ex-transmitter fish that ran out of battery in early 2016.

With low carp number left in the lake the aim over the coming months is to focus closely on the movements of the "Judas" transmitter fish to see if they lead us to their friends. This plan worked in the tail end of the Lake Crescent eradication.

The warm weather forecast over the next few days will have the team on high alert for any opportunities that may arise.
Source: Keeping the heat on carp
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News Views & Press Releases / Another whitebait poacher convicted
« Last post by Member on November 10, 2017, 04:05:42 PM »
Another whitebait poacher convicted

On Tuesday 7th November 2017 Peter Leslie Coventry of Devonport was sentenced in the Devonport Magistrates Court for offences relating to the illegal taking of whitebait.

Mr Coventry was fined $1654 and ordered to pay $82.15 in court costs for illegally taking whitebait from the Mersey River in 2015.
 
Mr Coventry was found guilty on three charges. The Mersey River was closed to the taking of whitebait at the time.

These penalties should serve as a warning to anyone choosing to disregard the strict regulations around the taking of whitebait.
Poaching and the illegal sale of whitebait is an ongoing threat to a long-term recovery plan for the recreational whitebait fishery.

Stephen Hepworth who is the Manager (Compliance and Operations) with the Inland Fisheries Service said “The management of the whitebait fishery is of the utmost concern to the Inland Fisheries Service, and illegal poaching activities have the potential to seriously jeopardise the ongoing sustainability of the fishery”,

Please report any suspicious behaviour to the Inland Fisheries Service on 1300 INFISH. Information such as dates, times, vehicle descriptions and registration numbers, along with any details of the people involved. A quick response improves the chances of us catching them.
Source: Another whitebait poacher convicted
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News Views & Press Releases / Inland Fisheries Advisory Council appointment opportunities
« Last post by Member on November 10, 2017, 04:05:41 PM »
Inland Fisheries Advisory Council appointment opportunities

Applications are invited from persons interested in appointment to the Inland Fisheries Advisory Council.  The Council is established under Section 20A of the Act and is the peak advisory body for matters relating to inland fisheries.

In broad terms, the role of the Council is to provide strategic advice to the Minister on freshwater fisheries management and fisheries policy.

In appointing members of the Council, consideration will be given to a balance of representation from people with skills or experience in angling; conservation of freshwater ecosystems; tourism relating to inland fisheries; or freshwater commercial fisheries; together with a skills in either governance, finance, law, ecology, science, engineering, marketing or business management.

Women are encouraged to apply. The Tasmanian Government is committed to a target of 50% representation of women across Tasmanian Government boards and committees by July 2020. For more information go to www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csrt/programs_and_services/women_on_boards_and_committees 

Four positions will be appointed. One with a background or representation of freshwater angling associations, one with a background or representation of freshwater commercial fisheries, one representative for North West Tasmania and one Ministerial appointments.

A sitting fee is paid together with a vehicle kilometre allowance.
Appointments will be made for terms up to four (4) years.
Current members are eligible to reapply.

CLOSING DATE 5.00pm 17 November 2017

Please send your applications and resume marked “Private and Confidential” to:
Tony Wright, Manager Finance & Business, Inland Fisheries Service, PO Box 575, New Norfolk 7140 or email to infish@ifs.tas.gov.au.

Further information: Tony Wright on 03 61653807 or anthony.wright@ifs.tas.gov.au
Source: Inland Fisheries Advisory Council appointment opportunities
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News Views & Press Releases / Laughing Jack bridge repairs
« Last post by Member on November 08, 2017, 10:10:19 AM »
Laughing Jack bridge repairs

Both the Clarence Weir Bridge and Laughing Jack Bridge are scheduled for maintenance and structural refurbishment works, prior to the summer season. The proposed works primarily include replacement of the existing superstructure (e.g. decking and bearers) and abutment repair works, which will be carried out between 13th November and 30th November 2018. Temporary road closure alongside appropriate advisory signs would be implemented, and alternative access route would be made available to the publics to minimise any adverse impact.
Source: Laughing Jack bridge repairs
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Release of the Draft Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28

The Inland Fisheries Service invites you to help shape the future management of our recreational fishery.
On 19 October 2017 Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water released the Draft Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28 (Draft Plan 2018-28).

The Draft 2018-28 Plan incorporates community, business and stakeholder feedback from proposals outlined in the Issues Paper: Proposals for the Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28.

The Draft 2018-28 Plan is open for public comment until Monday 18 December 2017. Submissions can emailed to infish@ifs.tas.gov.au or mailed to PO Box 575, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia 7140.

This is an opportunity for anglers and stakeholder’s to provide input which will be incorporated into the Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28 (2018-28 Plan).

Once finalised, the 2018-28 Plan will be a guiding document for the Inland Fisheries Service in managing the recreational trout fishery. The 2018-28 Plan will be implemented at the start of the 2018-19 angling season commencing 4 August 2018.

A public meeting will be held at the Great Lake Community Centre at Miena on Friday 17 November at 6 pm to discuss elements of the 2018-28 Plan.

For enquiries about the Draft 2018-28 Plan or to arrange a presentation at your Club or Association meeting, contact Tim Farrell on 61653805 or email tim.farrell@ifs.tas.gov.au.

The Draft 2018-28 Plan is open for public comment at www.ifs.tas.gov.au until Monday 18 December 2017. Submissions can also be sent via email to infish@ifs.tas.gov.au or mailed to PO Box 575, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia 7140.

A public meeting will be held at the Great Lake Community Center at Miena on Friday 17 November at 6 pm to discuss elements of the 2018-28 Plan.
Source: Release of the Draft Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan 2018-28
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News Views & Press Releases / Shannon Lagoon - Fishery Performance Assessment
« Last post by Member on November 06, 2017, 04:01:56 PM »
Shannon Lagoon - Fishery Performance Assessment

Shannon Lagoon is a fishery that receives very little attention from anglers.  However, a recent survey of the brown trout population suggest this water may well be worth the extra effort.
Using 40 box traps over two nights, we captured 106 brown trout and one rainbow trout.  The average weight of the resident Shannon Lagoon fish was a healthy 1.25 kg.  Even more impressive was the fact that 68 percent of the fish weighed between 1 – 1.5 kg, with some fish weighing in at just over 2 kg (see table 1 below).   
Weight Range (kg) Percentage
0.5 – 0.75 1
0.75 – 1.0 12
1.0 – 1.25 33
1.25 – 1.50 35
1.5 – 1.75 12
1.75 – 2.0 3
2.0 – 2.25 4
Table 1: Percentage of brown trout in each 0.25 kg weight range. 
During the survey we also captured 25 tagged fish that were released into the lagoon during July 2017.  These fish were sourced from the Lake King William trap and released into the lagoon to enable us to estimate the size of the population.  Our survey data suggests Shannon Lagoon has a population of around 2,200 brown trout.  Given the extremely shallow nature of the lagoon, this figure is within our expectation. 

Anglers should consider throwing a line in the lagoon as the catch may surprise you!
Source: Shannon Lagoon - Fishery Performance Assessment
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