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Sea-run trout fishing this year got off to a cracking start in most areas, with the majority of anglers employing nearly every trout fishing technique to secure fish in local estuaries statewide.
Even those anglers fishing the "off-season" lower down in our estuaries for sea-trout commented on the number of fish moving in early August.
We had a great day fishing with my son Bailey and Danny Jacobs in my boat, Todd, Jim & Virginia McKenna in Todd’s boat, Dale “The Unit” Howard and Trev in their boat & Brent Taylor and his son Ashey in their boat.
All of us managed fish, what a great bunch to fish with; anyway, this is our boats report.
The morning started off slow to start with us dropping a couple and getting onto a couple a bit later, on the western shore of Cramps.
We planned a trip at the start of the week with Marcus to head to Great Lake as he has been pretty keen to head up and chase a few on Hardbodies. He made the journey up from Smithton and we met up at Deloraine at around 6am, I was running a bit late as I was messing around at the Westbury shop getting supplies. But anyway, we made our way up the Tier and around to Swan Bay. Conditions looked superb from the warm vehicle on the way around, but we soon got a bit of a shock when we jumped out of the bus at the ramp! I think the big fella threw on more pants, jumpers, beanies and buffs before I could even find my "head sock'!
I've been meaning to get a report up earlier, but I've been flat-out this past week.....
Scored a day off work late last week, so I decided to head up to Great Lake for a bit of Trout action. With all the Bream fishing I have been doing of late (which isn't a bad thing) I haven't chased a Trout since about November last year! So I was pretty keen....
Bailey and I decided to head up to Cramps bay at the Great Lake today to try out our 400 Quintrex Hornet that I purchased a few days ago, ...so off we went. Arrived around 12 noon and fished until around 3.30pm.
Conditions weren't too bad, around 15 to 20 knots blowing out on main Lake coming from the West/S.West, but still fairly sheltered in Cramps.
Hugging the western shore, we fished with plastics and landed 11 trout, two being rainbows.
With having Friday off and an extended weekend I decided to go to the Great Lake to try my luck, as it goes my luck payed off. Got onto the lake at 6.40 pm by 6.50 my luck started.
We fished the Great Lake on the way home from St.Clair today, got there around 10.30 am and fished until 2.30pm.
Caught 6 browns all released, caught fish out in the middle on beetle patterns and emergers, certainly were some good wind lanes out there.
We fished Great Lake on the weekend with Bailey and Jack Seabourne. We managed to catch 16 trout, three being rainbows, caught fish on dry fly and a few on softies. Some nice fish were taken out the middle of the lake on my orange dry. “Shark fishing” out here is fantastic!, all visual, polaroiding fish cruising up wind lanes and taking the dry,...can't beat it.
This afternoon Bailey, Jack Seabourne and myself went looking for a suitable camp site on the western side of the Great Lake so that we can spend a few days fishing there over Xmas, wasn’t a fishing trip, we threw the rods in, had to have a few casts while we were there.
Alan Donohue, Bailey, Jack Seabourne and myself fished at the Great Lake on Saturday afternoon in very bright sunny conditions and landed a few nice browns, Dale Howard wanted us to try a new softie for him which is a 2.5 inch black & gold paddle tail called “Devils tongue”, and it worked well in the Great Lake and in Augusta, catching several trout.
After working afternoon shift Friday night- got an early knock off and headed straight to the Great Lake to stay, ready for an early start to fish Arthurs Lake on Saturday morning.
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by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.