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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Fishing >> Recreational fishing >> Catch >> Game fishing

Tasmania is recognised internationally for its game fishing, and several world records are held. Fish are taken by trolling offshore, mainly on the east coast from Flinders Island to the Tasman Peninsula, between January and June.

Southern bluefin tuna is the premier game species in the south, particularly around Eaglehawk Neck. Fish average around 18 kg, but fish up to 40 kg are not uncommon. Yellowfin tuna, which tend to be larger, averaging 31 kg, are more common in the north. Striped tuna and albacore tuna are also frequently caught. Striped marlin are often encountered and small numbers taken.

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