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Thursday mornings, local fishing enthusiast Mozza joins Mick & Maria for his unique take on all things piscatorial with Mozza's Hot Bites. What's biting and where, plus the latest gadgets for reeling in a big one! Thursdays after 8am with Mick & Maria thank to The Fishermans Shed.

Trout - an introduced species to Tasmania!

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Ethan Cashion, his dad Dean and his Pop (pictured) got into a good feed of scallops in Mercury Passage

Mozza explains on the show with Mick & Maria that Trout are actually an introduced species to Tasmania!

Yup, The Story goes live salmon and trout ova (Fertilized eggs) were packed between layers of moss inside wooden boxes and stored in the ice house of a ship that left England in 1864 bound for Melbourne. Three months later the cargo finally reached New Norfolk, 50 local men of the Derwent Valley (mountain women for mountain men ha-ha) who carried the cases of ova the 4 miles to the Salmon Ponds using bamboo poles resting on their shoulders.

Species currently in Tasmania are:

  • Brown trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout (introduced into Tasmania via Canada in 1962)
  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Tiger Trout (Brook Brown hybrid)

Rainbows were first introduced into Tasmania via New Zealand in 1898. Interestingly Salmon have been unable to establish themselves despite many attempts over 150 years, and periodic stocking now relies on donations from aquaculture companies.

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Matt Rose with a nice 5 and 8kg Kingfish from Fortescue bay

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Nathan Huizings Tasmanian Blackfish caught in the little Denison River south of Hobart, the only native fresh fish water fish in Tasmania.