Tasman Peninsula

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Tasman Peninsula

Postby spork » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:36 pm

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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.

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Fresh flathead and "chips sort-of", all done on the Baby-Q

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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.

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Bush Mechanics.

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.


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The view from our campsite.

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Bloody crowds...

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.
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Re: Tasman Peninsula

Postby arpie » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:01 pm

Wow! Sounds like a terrific week! Great to see that Jen enjoyed getting out as much as you did - so pleased the flatties 'played the game' and gave you some feeds.

haha love your bush mechanics on the rudder tiller!! Well done. Will it be easy to replace or will you just leave the 'fix' in place??

'Dark & Stormy' looks yummy, too!

Shame you got done on the 4lb ...... shame the locals seem to use the creek as a toilet! :( Were you in a recognised camp ground, or just free camping, like at Ansons?

Well done - looking forward to more posts soon with monster Tassie bream! :lek:

cheers

Roberta
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Re: Tasman Peninsula

Postby spork » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:19 pm

arpie wrote:Wow! Sounds like a terrific week! Great to see that Jen enjoyed getting out as much as you did - so pleased the flatties 'played the gae' and gave you some feeds.

haha love your bush mechanics on the rudder tiller!! Well done. Will it be easy to replace or will you just leave the 'fix' in place??

'Dark & Stormy' looks yummy, too!

Shame you got done on the 4lb ...... shame the locals seem to use the creek as a toilet! :( Were you in a recognised camp ground, or just free camping, like at Ansons?

Well done - looking forward to more posts soon with monster Tassie bream! :lek:

cheers

Roberta



Hey Roberta.
Tiller (Steering Handle) is a $15 part, have ordered a replacement from SLH today. The carabiner worked but was not ideal.
We were staying in a caravan park, the creek was a few k's away. Some houses nearby, and a caravan in a shed, which I'd suspect may be the main culprit.
Most the bream were way up the top of the little creek, could see their backs out of the water, under a shrub, in a section probably only 1m wide, where I couldn't get a cast in. Eventually I spooked them and a few actually bumped the bottom of the 'yak when they exited!
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Re: Tasman Peninsula

Postby PA Pete » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:05 pm

Great report Spork, you have some beautiful pic's, well done on the flatties, looking forward to more. :wink:
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Re: Tasman Peninsula

Postby mouse » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:57 pm

"How's the serenity"
Tassie is a beautiful part of the country, from amazing rugged mountains to pristine golden beaches.
Tnx for sharing :wink:
Cheers,
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Re: Tasman Peninsula

Postby JEP » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:35 pm

Thanks for the great descriptions and photos. Must have been a great trip. What can beat serenity and goos fishing.

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