Strange holiday catch lands in Bridport

An unusual catch came ashore at Bridport one afternoon during the Easter break. Little fishing action was being reported, apart from a few cocky salmon from shore and some flathead, well out to sea and said to be biting best in the mornings.

Then a standard-looking 6.1-metre cabin cruiser docked, returning with a nice haul of fresh ... mutton birds from Little Green Island, just south of Flinders Island.

Needless to say, when voyaging out into Bass Strait, weather forecasts require very careful study.

HAPPY SNAPS: The IFS photo competition is open to photos of trout and about trout fishing.

HAPPY SNAPS: The IFS photo competition is open to photos of trout and about trout fishing.

Meanwhile, the Inland Fisheries Service trout fishing photo competition for adults and juniors closes on April 28. Photos need to be taken in Tasmania, and relate to trout, but do not have to show trout.

Prizes include cash and gear, and entry is free. Every entrant can submit up to six images, each up to 5MB.

Photos will be displayed and winners announced at the coming Trout Weekend. Download the entry form from Press the submit button, attach photos and email to

Then, as the end of the brown trout season nears, highland boaters will appreciate improved access to ramps at Arthurs Lake dam and Penstock Lagoon, following upgrading of existing roads and carparks organised by Hydro Tasmania.

The good news from Lake Sorell for trout anglers is that, for the first time this brownie season, Inland Fisheries Service officers have been able to remove a collection of 14 carp across three days late in March.

These carp were found thanks to a radio transmitter on a tracker carp and similar fish will help IFS officers find the small carp population remaining in this lake. Anglers are hoping the sooner they are all removed and Sorell is re-opened, the better.