Derwent Estuary was named after the Celtic word 'clear water' in 1794 by Captain John Hayes. This estuary extends from the rural town of New Norfolk
south to Iron Pot lighthouse. The Derwent estuary lies at the heart of the Hobart
metropolitan area and holds around 40% of the population
The Derwent Estuary is very popular for recreational anglers. Because it’s so close to the city of Hobart
, the numerous jetties, enclosed bays and productive reefs are constantly in use. Some of the popular spots include Sandy Bay which is fished for flathead, whiting, flounder, Australian salmon and even small morwong. Silver trevally
up to 3kgs can be taken between Droughty Point and the Tasman Bridge. At Punchs Reef which is just out from Tranmere, anglers get a chance to land some nice cod, morwong and silver trevally
. A short walk from the city is where you can fish from the wharves and jetties - in particular those around Secheron Point and Selfs Point. During plentiful times, you could expect catches of mackerel, cod, barracouta, bream and warehou.
TipsIn the Autumn months, one of the most active fish in the Derwent Estuary is the warehou. Huge schools move into the estuary and can be targeted from the shore or a boat. For around two or three weeks a year, there is a nice run of good-sized trevally that enter the river. They are unpredictable in their arrival, but can be very exciting as they chase small baitfish.