June was another busy month for us. Amongst other things, Steve made a lightning trip to Tasmania to speak at a public rally against a proposed industrial-scale salmon farm at Okehampton Bay, on the island state’s beautiful east coast. While generally a fan of aquaculture (fish farming), Steve is opposed to this particular development on several grounds. You can read more in his blog on the subject here.

Demonstrators protesting at the rally against a massive new salmon farm proposed for Tasmania's east coast.
Demonstrators protesting at the rally against a massive new salmon farm proposed for Tasmania’s east coast.

Of course, he couldn’t visit Tassie without wetting a line, and was lucky enough to score a day on the blue water south of Eaglehawk Neck chasing school-sized southern bluefin tuna. The trip was a great success, with 14 bluefin boated and three kept.

Starlo with a gorgeous Tasmanian bluefin tuna, taken in the shadow of Tasman Island.
Starlo with a gorgeous Tasmanian bluefin tuna, taken in the shadow of Tasman Island.

Closer to home, the bream fishing has also been pretty reliable and a few fat whiting even showed up to add variety to the catch.

Jo was hard at work through most of June designing the next issue of NAFA Magazine, but at the end of the month she was busy packing her gear for a trip north to compete in the next kayak round of the Bass Nation tournament circuit… we’ll be sure to let you know how she fared next month!

 

KEEPING UP WITH THE STARLINGS: JUNE 2017