Thousands of fishy heartbeats started racing on Saturday as anglers all over Tasmania rushed out for the opening of the brown trout fishing season.
Racing fastest of all were the hearts of five elusive trout scattered across some of state’s least fished lakes, each marked by a blue tag worth $10,000 in prize money.
Inland Fishery Service director John Diggle said the fishery’s goal this year was to lure fishers away from the heavily fished areas and out into areas with lakes nearly stuffed to the brim with fish.
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“Lake Pedder, it’s a really big lake. Not a lot of people fish it for the size of it,” he said.
“I think people have their favourites … somewhere like Lake Burbury gets usage from the North-West Coast, but I don’t think many people from Launceston head over there.
“By offering the prize we hope to help Tasmanians holiday at home, and also make sure we’re managing those fisheries in a sustainable way.”
To that end, the five $10,000 trout were released earlier this year into Arthurs Lake, Lake Burbury, yingina/Great Lake, Lake Pedder and Lake Rowallan.
Acting Primary Industries and Water Minister Jeremy Rockliff joined a group “keen anglers” on the banks of the Mersey River on Saturday morning to help welcome the 2020/21 season in.
“I wish everyone tight lines, as they say, for this season,” Mr Rockcliff said.
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