Tamar River Barracouta
During the trout closed season, we have been heading to Tasmania’s Tamar River.
The Tamar is an estuary that starts at Launceston and runs about 40km out to Bass Strait.
There can be good sport for fly or lure, or any other method for that matter.
Invermay Fishing Gear’s Steve Suiter did a talk at a Fly Fishers Club of Tasmania meeting, highlighting a number of viable species to catch on a fly. Inspired by Steve’s presentation we headed out.
We’ve been chasing Australian salmon and flathead and we also stumbled across a school of barracouta. Beware with these guys… make sure you’ve got long shanked hooks on your flies, or tie the fly well back on the hook, or even use a wire trace, as they cut through normal fishing line quite easily.
On finding the school of Barracouta it was exciting fishing, with some actually erupting through the surface to take the fly as it landed.
I used a two inch long weighted white bait imitation and clouser minnows.