I just got back from a week on the Tasman Peninsula with my wife (and sometimes fishing partner) Jen. While many regard this area as “The Capital” for big-game (marlin, shark and tuna) fishing in Tasmania, our quarry were more accessible – Jen loves flathead, so they were the target species for the week. We fished every day bar one, sometimes twice a day, and caught plenty each time. While numbers weren’t a problem, size was. Probably only one in every 5-6 fish were legal size, but regardless of that we both had a ball.
Fresh flathead and "chips sort-of", all done on the Baby-Q
Jen likes a Dark 'n Stormy.
She fished from my Hobie Pro Angler and loved the comfy Vantage seat. I used her outback with a jerry-rigged tiller on the rudder (tiller fell off in transit) and was glad for the seat mod. I’d done on it a couple of years ago. Tiller was replaced with a small carabiner clip and some zip ties. Not perfect, but it got the job done, with the nearest Hobie dealer 3+ hours drive away.
We stayed at White Beach caravan park and only had to paddle (pedal) a few meters from the launch site to find fish, and the launch site was only about 50m from out campsite. The little bay was fairly sheltered, even with 30kph winds one afternoon Jen was able to fish fairly comfortably.
The view from our campsite.
I did manage a couple of short solo sessions to try and find a bream. Bank bashing a nearby creek showed me it held bream, but I couldn’t get them to co-operate. Scrub bashing into a nearby lagoon proved fruitless. There were some small baitfish, but I didn’t see any bream in there. I went back to the creek with a kayak on our 3rd last day when it was too windy to fish the bay, I saw some absolute donkeys in there, hooked a few, including one unstoppable, (on 4lb) but didn’t manage to get any to the net. Still a very enjoyable session. The only thing that detracted from it was the state of the small creek. It looks like some of the locals must use it as their sewer, with partly decomposed (toilet?) tissue littering the edges in many parts.
On a whole thought the area has some magnificent scenery. We spent the best part of a day driving and (short) walking to various features – Remarkable Cave, the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, the Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. Of course I left the camera in the kayak that day…
So. Tasman Peninsula – certainly a great place to chase the apex predators of the piscatorial world – but also a top spot for bread and butter species like flathead, squid and bream. Add to that some great scenery, more secluded, deserted little beaches than you can poke a stick at, and $15 fresh fish and calamari for 2 at Dunalley and it all adds up to a fantastic place to spend a weekend – or a week – or more.