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Early season - Bob McKinley

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Bob is a professional fishing guide and guides for trout and estuary species. Check him out at www.fishwildtasmania.com

There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.

Quantity of fish.

Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:

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Cramps Bay 18/9/2012

Bailey and I thought it was about time we had a fish. It’s been three weeks since we wet a line, so off we went to Cramps Bay to put the boat in. We got there around 11am and got back to the ramp around 4.30pm. The day was mostly cloudy with a few sunny periods, with light wind coming from the south east, turning around later in arvo from the north.

We managed to bag twelve brownies, with the fish coming from Cramps Bay, Sandbanks Bay and Cider Park Bay. The fish we caught from Cider Park Bay were a  better quality of fish, but a bit smaller in size. We kept four from here and there flesh was very red, they also fought a lot harder than fish coming from the other bays. The fish were caught on berkley black & golds, except one caught from Cramps which was caught on a Ballista Trigger LED hardbody, which Mike Stevens wanted Bailey and I to try out. We only gave them a go for a short while and managed one in the boat and one lost at the boat. They looked great in the water and tracked straight. We will give them a good try out next time. All fish were caught in fairly close to shore.
 
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO

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