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Saltwater shore bashing

The Christmas season is now upon us, many anglers will begin to pursue popular inshore species such as East Australian Salmon, Silver Trevally, Black Bream and Sand Flathead. Fishing from the shore has been one of my favourite methods of targeting specific species of fish for some time now and the very thought of discovering a new location is enough for me leave the boat at home. With Georges Bay and some North West hot spots being my favourite places to fish, many other destinations have either been discovered or successfully fished. Typical locations such as Red Rock on the North West coast has been producing many different species for a while now with the captures of good sized Silver Trevally, Gummy Sharks, Elephant Fish and Southern Garfish becoming more common. Some people worry and stress about not being able to access a kayak or boat in order to venture out onto the water but in reality, most anglers will have at least two great fishing spots that they can easily access from the shore.
When I began fishing from Red Rock on the North West coast with my good mate Jeremy Shaw, the possibility of encountering a Draughtboard Shark or Eagle Ray was enough to keep us coming back each weekend. Many days were spent fishing at Red Rock with colossal amounts of burley and junk food. Back then, captures of small East Australian Salmon and Sand Flathead were cherished and we never thought of leaving the rock for any reason other than the occasional trip out in the boat for a Mako Shark. During at least five years of fishing from Red Rock, we caught numerous and memorable fish including that of a rather large Seven Gilled Shark. It wasn’t until I began to seriously fish around the plentiful beaches and jetties of Georges Bay that I realized that fishing was the thing for me. Like the many hobbies that people enjoy, I got better at the sport and eventually became unstoppable. I believe that every angler needs to start off somewhere, land based fishing is a great way to begin the life long journey.Read more ...

When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

Please have a look at this BOM site. It will appear on the right menu, below the WindyTV.com link.

http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDT60151.html

Presented from Issue 107, December 2013
The Bureau of Meteorology has updated the way it displays tide information on its web pages. Mariners can now access a map of Australia and zoom in on their area of interest to view the stations available. The navigation of this map is similar to google maps. See http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/tides/

Presented from Issue 100
Weather - It’s the determining factor for most anglers in working out where to fish on a given day. “Too bright for here” ,”They won’t be tailing in this wind”, “It’s Easterly today so it’s going to be tough” these saying are all too familiar and they do have implications if we want success at catching a trout.

Picking the right weather can make or break an outing, a good decision can produce a red letter day while a bad decision can make chasing a trout hard work. So often I’ve spoken to visiting anglers who have struggled to catch fish without the all important local knowledge, they made decisions to visit waters which don’t fire in the wrong weather.

ABC Article

This ABC News article describing the recent marine "heatwave" may be of interest to TasFish Readers.

Heatwave Data

MetEye – Bureau stakeholder user trial – we need you!

Later this year the Bureau of Meteorology will release its new forecast viewer, called Meteye. But before we do we’d appreciate it if you and your friends or colleagues would trial it and give us your feedback.

Simply go to: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/ and enter

Username = meteye

Password = experimental

Your feedback will help us finalise the webpages for general release in the coming months.

View the PDF here

Bureau of Meteorology

Dear Tasmanian Mariner - in the recent newsletter I indicated that brochures on the new forecast system would be available soon. You can now access these brochures and information on the new system at
http://www.bom.gov.au/NexGenFWS/index.shtml
Regards - Mal

Weather Website

A new web site for weather forecasts is  available.

Here is the address :  yo.no This will show the weather for Miena.

It provides a 3 day forecast and observations.

Use of the Tabs will give longer forecasts maps and statistics.

Better weather forecasting

I had the great opportunity to listen to a talk by a weather forecaster last week. My mate in Melbourne calls them weather guessers, and of course the forecasters always cop a serve when weather isn't as predicted. But as explained though Tasmania is one of the harder places to predict. Hill, mountains, inlets and geographical forms can turn a predicted prevailing northerly breeze on top of a hill into a variable or light southerly at the base.

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