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Quality fishing line from Platypus. Australia's strongest fishing line since 1898. Give yourself every advantage over that elusive fish with the great range of quality Platypus Fishing Lines, Australia's strongest fishing line since 1898.

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Platypus wins 2012 Australian Tackle Trade Show Best Line for Platinum Braid.


The brands that came together to form Pure Fishing were founded by passionate inventors of much of the tackle that we use today. Their ingenious engineering created firsts in revolutionary reels; lightweight graphite rods; castable, high-strength fishing lines, and the most advanced soft baits. These discoveries firmly established our company at the forefront of technology.

Day by day, innovation by innovation, and catch by catch, each brand has earned a distinct and unique reputation with anglers worldwide. Each brand continues to build on that reputation as part of Pure Fishing.

Fishing to us is not just about business, it is about time shared with family and friends, time on the water, excitement and the environment. Pure Fishing is dedicated to helping anglers everywhere have more fun catching more fish.

Brands: Abu Garcia®, Berkley®, PENN®, Pflueger®, Shakespeare®, Spiderwire®, Stren®, Ugly Stik®, Nitro®


Give yourself every advantage over that elusive fish with the great range of quality Platypus Fishing Lines, Australia's strongest fishing line since 1898.

Platypus Lines: Platypus Pretest Braid, Platypus Super-Braid, Platypus Sinking-Braid, Platypus Jigging-Braid™, Platypus Super-100™, Platypus Lo-Stretch™, Platypus Platinum™, Platypus Pre-Test™, Platypus Classic™, Platypus Game Leader™, Platypus Hard Alloy Leader™, Platypus Stealth Leader™.

Platypus are also distributors for Ardent Reels & Reel Care products.


Austackle is a 100% Australian family owned business based on the southside of Brisbane. From its humble beginnings in 2004, Austackle has grown considerably and now distributes its products all around Australia and New Zealand via  a network of over 100 Accredited Retailers and Tournament Pro Dealers.

Austackle products are  designed in Australia specifically to catch Australian fish and are priced to be affordable to everybody. This has been a major plus  in its  battle  to achieve recognition in a market dominated by huge overseas corporations.

To ensure that products are fully tested and proven before being released to the market, Austackle has put together a team of Tournament hardened anglers and Charter Boat operators to assist with the fine tuning of designs, and then to prove that they work well on the water. As Austackle continues to grow in the future, it will also continue to develop new and affordable products to suit the Australian marketplace. It is a continual evolution and one that Austackle Team enjoys and thrives upon.


More world record fish have been caught with Rapala lures than any other in the world. Any other! That includes a world record on every continent in the world except Antarctica. Rapala holds the world record for world records!

Rapala has been the world's favorite fishing lure since 1936. Now Rapala lures are trusted by fishermen in over 140 countries worldwide. Rapala's reputation stems from a towering list of world records, the knowledge of our Pro Staff, affiliation with the top brands in the industry and a history of unwavering dedication to the highest quality.

Brands: Rapala, VMC, Okhuma, Silstar, Williamson, Storm, Stimulate, Suffix, Marttiini, Blue Fox, Tuf Line, Pakula


Sherriff Agencies Pty Ltd was founded in 1995, they are Agents & Wholesale Distributors in Tasmania, promoting a large range of outdoor products for various recreational activities.

Rods, Reels, Lures, Terminal Tackle, Cobalt Blue Waders, Koastal Ice Boxes, accessories, and the very popular Lox Tournament Fishing Rods.


The well loved and favourite lure of many a trout fisher, the Tasmanian Devil Lure, with it's many varieties of painted central core flanked by those curved wings that give it an amazing action through the water, is just as popoular today as it was when it was first introduced to the fishing public.   The "Tassie" that was introduced in 1979 is now still available as the most popular size, weighing 13.5 grams. Three other models have been developed with 7, 26 and now 20 gram versions added to the range. Colour combinations total more than 100 colours options to cater for all possible conditions.   The 20 gram Dual Depth version was released in September 1998 and has proven to be an extremely popular addition to this range of best selling Australian manufactured fishing lures.   More recently a new concept of an all metal lure has been introduced. Known as the Salty Tasmanian Devil, this version has proven extremely popular and is available in a range of 4 colours and 2 sizes.   Look for the Tasmanian Devil in your local tackle store today.

Released every second month, Tasmania Fishing & Boating News keeps you up to date with all the latest news, views and reports from around the state.

With articles from some of the best fishermen Tasmania has to offer, there is always something to learn in every issue of TFBN. Add to that all the latest tackle releases, boating news and reviews and tournament information, Tasmanian Fishing & Boating News is your complete publication on the Tasmanian fishing and boating scenes.

Compiled and edited by Mike Stevens, a renowned authority and promoter of fishing in Tasmania for many years, pick up a copy from your local tackle store or newsagent or subscribe to have TFBN delivered to your door today.


St Helens Bait and Tackle stocks gear for all ages and for all types of fishing conditions, including inland Trout Fishing, Surf Fishing, Game Fishing and Deep Sea Fishing. And don’t forget our new rang of Kayaks including the fantastic Ocean Kayak Angler series that is especially designed for the fisherman.   Trout fishing licences are also available at the store, along with all the information you need to land the catch, including magazines and books on Tasmanian fish, tides, and of course, the best spot to catch a big one!

To keep the family amused, Jamie also has a range sit on top kayaks perfect for taking advantage of the East Coast’s wonderful beaches and waterways.

St Helens Bait & Tackle now has a new "online shop" section where you can purchase all your fishing needs from them from the comfort of home. Check it out at www.onlinetackleshop.com.au


At JD LURES we manufacture high quality fishing lures designed specifically for our tough Australian fish species.

We have recently become the NEW OWNERS of the Iconic Aussie brand EDDY LURES. Eddy Lures have been used for a wide list of species in Australia now for over 25 years and our aim is to start producing the entire range again, instill the qualities you will find in our JD range and bring the brand back to its glory days.

With this product expansion, we have lures to cover a huge range of target species from fresh to saltwater applications including Murray Cod, Yellow Belly (Callop), Barra, Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Bass , Bream, Redfin Perch and many saltwater species.

The JD LURES and EDDY range are designed by Aussie fisherman for catching Aussie Fish! All our lures are super tough, quality assured, and ready to use straight from the packet.


The Eaglehawk Lures range are a high quality yo-zuri skirted lures for tuna and other gamefish which have been tried and tested in local waters. Their current range consists of standard 5 colours but for a few dollars extra they can customise any combination in the yo-zuri range.

Any new lure design is rigorously tested for quality and "catchability" so keep a lookout for their new prototypes which wil be coming soon


Strike Tiger is a 100% Tasmanian - owned soft plastic fishing lure business, located in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

Our lures were developed by a keen Tasmanian recreational angler. He has used both his experience and the experience of other anglers to develop a soft plastics range for Tasmanian conditions.

The colour schemes have been designed around what really works. The high quality soft plastic material offers the perfect balance between durability and flawless swimming action. Combined with the unique Strike Tiger scent, these lures are designed to increase your chances of catching fish.

So whether you are a tournament angler or simply a recreational fisherman, Strike Tiger lures are the right choice for you.

They really are Tasmanian lures with bite!


Yep Tassie Tackle is a family owned and run wholesale business that started off in 2006. Since then we've expanded continuously, and our range of quality fishing lures is now sold by dozens of stockists throughout Tasmania and the mainland.

Tas Highland Lures are specifically targeted at the trout species and have proven to be great fish takers here in the SW of Tas.

From small minnows suited to the streams or trolling in the lakes ,right down to deep diving customs for the deeper water .

Custom orders are always welcome or just stay tuned for some random left overs from my small production runs


We're the distributors of Ezy Hooks & Ezy Sinkers, a unique range of hooks & sinkers invented by a Queensland fisherman who wanted a "quick & easy" way to interchange his rigging.

Ezy Hooks & Ezy Sinkers are designed to make fishing extremely easy to use for kids, mums, people with a disability, people with failing eyesight...absolutely everyone! With Ezy Hooks & Ezy Sinkers you simply tie a double loop in your line & clip them on! It's that easy!


WARMISHAM Flies & Lures was started by Joe Warmisham in 2002 where the designing of new, unique and realistc flies & lures has become a passion!

He started out making trout flies as a hobby. To start with, they weren’t very good, but after time they improved and then he sold them to a few retails shops! Joe started thinking of new ideas; working out what will work, then working out how to do it!

He made the first prototype for the large soft plastic grub. Making a single mould, he then gave them out to the public through a local shop. After getting amazing feedback, Joe decided to see what else he could come up with!

Moulds were made and tested, then improved to produce more quality lures! Now he has a range of unique and realistic lures which will be added to the WARMISHAM Lures site when they are ready to sell!


At Force 10 Fishing Charters, we make your fishing experience as rewarding and fun-filled as possible. Nothing satisfies us more than being able to give our clients the ability to thoroughly enjoy their time on the outstanding waters of ther spectacular Tasmanian coastline!

Corporate functions or casual excursions, Force 10 Fishing Charters offer the perfect experience.

We also have Gift Vouchers available for purchase, a great Birthday or Christmas gift idea.


Doongara Fishing and Charters is based at Eaglehawk Neck. The area is renowned as one of Tasmania's premier game and sport fishing locations.

We offer a wide variety of charter fishing options to suit all types of saltwater angling, or you can sit back and enjoy the amazing coastal scenery and marine life the area has to offer.

Large Bluefin, Yellowfin, Albacore, Mako sharks and the occasional Striped Marlin are available in these productive waters, which are a rich feeding ground for big predators.

The crew is highly experienced, with a 35 year background in game and sportfishing. All Crew members hold the required qualifications, licenses, and certificates, and we operate under a "Safety Management Plan"

We can accomodate from 1 to 10 passengers on our vessel which is a 36' Steber "Doongara". The vessel is in full survey and carries a safety management certificate of compliance issued by "Marine and Safety Tasmania".


Hobart based trout guide and trout fish tour business operated by Bob McKinley who has been running successful trout, lure and fly fishing trips for over ten years. We are a full member of TGALT, (Trout guides & Lodges Tas), fully licensed, insured and accredited with Tourism Tas, Australia. Trout fishing Tasmania and especially fly fishing Tasmania can require a good deal of fly fishing experience. Trout fishing guide Bob McKinley will provide expert flyfishing tuition for novices and expert anglers on all aspects of fly-fishing for wild trout in Tassie Highland waters. Tours can be from Hobart or meet in the Central Highlands where fly-fishing tuition workshops are run if required or we proceed straight onto one of the best Tasmanian trout waters of which we have around 3000. We also meet anglers in the Highlands for 1 day or extended multi day tours.

A local to the Townsville Region, Graham Knight (Knighty) has over 30 years experience over a wide variety of aspects within the fishing industry. Through this varied experience, Graham has developed an extensive knowledge and a better understanding of how lures work and how they can be manipulated to give you better results chasing that target species of Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark and other great fighting fish.

Fly fishing in Tasmania with experienced trout fishing guide Mike Tenner will get your blood racing as you face off against wily Tasmanian trout and salmon. Mike has been successfully teaching the art of fly fishing and holding guided trout fishing tours in Tasmania for over 30 years.

Rod and Fly hold trout fishing workshops on land and water to help anglers develop and hone essential fly fishing skills, and then implement them on his trout fishing tours. Mike's warm personality and easy-going style have enabled him to pass on his casting and fly fishing skills to students from around the world.

Fly and trout fishing classes are based in Hobart, Tasmania, and Mike teaches all aspects, including fly fishing equipment; fly selection based on the area's native insects; and casting techniques with overhead casting and line loop presented in detail.


The Maynes family has been involved with engine services since 1933 and opened a small section for outboards in 1967. The pleasure industry was quickly growing and Neil Mayne began to focus on the business of boating. Over many years Maynes Marine has grown and is now one of the most established names in Tasmania. In January 2011 the business was purchased by Reg Turner from David Mayne and in August 2011 we moved from our old New Town site to undercover premises at 6 Effingham St, Moonah. We welcome all our old and new customers to this new facility.

Brands:Honda 4 Stroke Outboards, Evinrude E-Tech Outboards, Stacer Aluminium Boats, Archer Alloy Plate Boats, Ocean Master Fibreglass Boats, Caribbean Fibreglass Boats, Seadoo Jetskis, Seadoo Sport Boats, Parsun Outboards, Zodiac Inflatable Boats, Island Marine Inflatable Boats


At Penguin Composites we provide boat repairs and modifications, all boat electrical services and fibreglass repairs of any size.

At Island Campers we build custom slide on campers and conversions, RV repairs and servicing, awning repairs and fit ups, gas certifications and repairs, stainless and general welding.

We are Jayco authorised repairers, provide Swap n Go LPG refills and area RV Camec superstore.


For all your boating repairs, servicing and chandlery call in and see Dave and the boys at Active Marine...the only authorised service repair and retail centre of the "World's Best Four Stroke" in Southern Tasmania.

Brands:Suzuki Marine, Polycraft Boats, See Jay, Pirahna


Inflatable Rashie Pty Ltd has produced “evie” the WORLDS FIRST rated SUN SMART INFLATABLE RASHIE/SWIM SHIRT. Like no other on the Planet the “evie” HYBRID lifejacket is concealed in a rash vest similar to those worn by swimmers and surfers to protect against harmful sun rays, this patented & patent pending concept is set to revolutionise the water safety industry.

The Worlds First Rated Sun Smart Inflatable Rashie/Swim Shirt brand name EVIE (Emergency Vest Inflatable Equipment) has been developed for safety & comfort and will assist with all water enthusiasts providing buoyancy and sun protection. Available in long & short sleeve with either Oral, Manual or Automatic Inflation this revolutionary hybrid Life Jacket/Swim Shirt is a must for Boaties & Fishing enthusiasts. “evie” is durable & made of the best known life saving and sun protection materials, easy to wear, non impeding and gives that added confidence & reassurance to those in, on & around the water.

RATED: AS4758 Personal Floatation Devices AS1900-2002 Floatation Aids for Water Familiarisation & Swimming Tuition.

Inflatable Rashie Pty Ltd has also just released another WORLDS FIRST with its Swap & Go New for Old Inatable PFD1 Life Jacket, eliminating the need for servicing agents. Inflatable Rashie is pleased to announce the New for Old PFD1 Swap & Go process. Replacing the annual service fee for ANY PFD1 Inatable Life Jacket on the market (Manual or Automatic due for its annual service), with a brand new Automatic/Manual “Evie” Inatable PFD1. Please visit our website for terms & conditions available to both the private, commercial & government sectors.


Kayak 4 Play is a small, grass roots kayaking company that started in 2000.

Our aim is to provide enthusiasts with the best paddle gear available.


Paddle Steam is a locally based kayaking and accessories retailer and also an on-line distributor for all Finn Kayak products.

Paddle Steam distribute a wide range of kayaks, including sea kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, surf kayaks, fishing kayaks, canoes, surf skis and dinghies and have a yak for every use.

For the current range, please view Paddle Stream's eBay listing or visit their on-line Product Catalogue for a comprehensive list of available models.

Freight of your new kayak is also not a problem as the Team at Paddle Steam can arrange delivery all around Australia including: Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia.

And if you require any further information about a kayak and are not able to find it, please contact Andrew and ask him for his best priced Kayak packages


SKIGIA brings you snow, surf and skate gear that’s unique in Tassie. We have a huge range, great brands and something no one else does: a simple philosophy of finding you something different. Something that you didn’t even know you wanted.

We keep the shop fresh by staying in touch. By employing people that actually live the life and giving you what you want, when you want it; we’ve changed from being just a retail shop to playing a part in the day-to-day life of Tassie riders.

We’re experts, because we live it everyday. On the hill, in the water or in the park you'll see us and we'll see you.

Choose your passion – snow, surf and skate – and check out our massive range of brands.

Look through our offers and then come in to 123 Elizabeth Street, Hobart to find out for yourself why we’re just different.


King Trailers are the one stop shop for all your new trailers or trailer spares. King trailers also stock a huge range of camping gear and caravan spares and accessories.

Kings stock some of the biggest and best brands in the business such as ARB, IPF lights, Portable Fridge Freezers , GME, Thule Roof racks ,Bush Ranger, Rhino racks ,Hema Navigators, Waeco, Primus, Jayco Caravans, Coast to Coast , Camec , Dunbier Trailers and spare parts, Discovery Floats, Warn Winches, Hayman-Reese Towing products.

For all your trailer, caravan, camping or 4WD accessories or advice, call in to King Trailers and see the friendly team today!


The origins of ARB go back to 1975, when company founder, Tony Brown, was inspired by a 4WDing trip through the top end of Australia. Back then, 4WDers relied on home made or ill fitting equipment that was not designed for extensive Outback expeditions. Endless corrugated roads, extreme temperatures, and the heavy loads carried by Australian travellers were extremely punishing on vehicles that regularly tackled these kinds of conditions. Tony’s many years spent toiling on his Series 1 Land Rover proved extremely beneficial to others in the top end during his travels. Damaged bull bars and broken roof racks ensured Tony’s expertise was regularly called on, and through this experience an idea was born – high quality, durable equipment that would meet the vigorous demands of 4WD owners. Upon his return to Melbourne, Tony put theory into practise, and began working in the family garage to address some of the product deficiencies he’d encountered on his trip. It was exactly what Australian 4WDers had been waiting for, and ARB, the initials of Anthony Ronald Brown, was founded.

Today, ARB is Australia’s largest manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 accessories. We also have an international presence, with an office in the USA and an export network that extends through more than 100 countries around the globe. Our philosophy, however, has never wavered from its original course – quality, reliability and practicality above all else.

Call in and see Justin and his team at ARB Launceston for all your 4x4 and camping needs today!


For all your scuba diving needs from wetsuits, tanks, regulators, BC's to torches, masks, catch bags, underwater cameras and anything else you could possiblly want head in and catch up with Ian.

The Bradleys have been making food smokers for executive chefs and gourmets for over 20 years, and they know that the secret to great smoke flavour is in the control of the smoke. No other food smoker delivers the kind of control required to produce great smoked food, so it’s no surprise that Bradley is a market leader in food smoking products.

These clean-burning smokers are designed to ‘set and forget’. Additionally, a unique system of consistent temperature settings avoids high-temperature gases, acids or resins that would distort the appearance or flavour of the food. Forget the guessing and uncertainty of smoking food: the Bradley Smoker gives perfect results every time!


Welcome to Tasmania's premier adventure fishing tour provider, UAF!

Australia's island state provides the most pristine wilderness where you can fish for the coveted wild Brown and Rainbow Trout. Whether you wish to traverse the breath-taking central highland lakes or northern lowland rivers, we'll take you on the trip of a lifetime where you can truly experience all that Tasmania's wonderful wilderness has to offer.


OMGLures Is not your ordinary tackle store!

The quality and attention to detail toward their lure range has to be seen to be believed. Months of trial and error testing guarantee their lures catch you more fish. All OMGLures are fitted with high quality stainless steel components and VMC hooks. TEAM OMGLures is here to help you catch your target species whether it be Bass, Bream, Barra, Flathead, Pelagics.....

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