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Adrian's (The Trout Stalker) Trout Seasons 2000 – 2015

(Adrian has supplied his "stats" in anticipation of this years season - Ed)

Here's my stats since moving down to Tassie back in March 2000. The first 4 years were a little on the low side (catch rate) due to me getting to know the rivers and where i could get in and fish them. After that and getting to know several farmers, land owners and the purchase of a pair of waders the fishing really went up from there on. Having access to many more sections of rivers and wading them really opened up some great fishing seasons for me from then on that's for sure.

Cheers
Adrian Webb

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

Great Lake Report 27/5/2012

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.

Great Lake Report 29/1/2012

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.

Great Lake 22/1/2012

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.

Great Lake 1/1/2012

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.

A quick report from the Great Lake 11/12/2011

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.

Great Lake and Lake Augusta West 7/11/2011

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.

Arthurs Lake and Great Lake Report 22/10/2011

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.

 

Great Lake Report 16/10/2011

It’s me again with a report from the Great Lake today.
Bailey & I went to the Nineteen Lagoons to fish a couple of lakes that I haven't fished for a few years but it was blowing a “bloody gale” so we decided to fish the Great Lake from the shore using softies.

Great Lake Report 25/9/2011

I was invited to join Dale and Trevor Howard in the Highlands and spent a fantastic day on the water with them. We arrived at the Swan Bay around 11am and soon had the Express Cavalier pointed in the direction of our first destination. This shoreline fished very slow, so we shot over to another area which usually produces some good specimens and we soon had 4 nice Browns in the boat within about 20mins. We caught these on YEP Minnows in the Gold Bomber colour and Black & Gold Flappers.

Great Lake Report 24/9/2011 #2 (Phil)

Decided to fish Sandbanks Bay at Great Lake today, was going to Bradys Lake but decided on Great Lake instead.
Bailey and I arrived at the Cramps Bay ramp around 10am and headed to Sandbanks, we caught 14 brownies, releasing most due to them being in fairly poor condition, it certainly was a day for losing fish.

Great Lake Report 24/9/2011 - (President Todd)

Fished Great Lake today with fellow President Mark Tapsell. The weather sightly on the cool side until the wind abated around 2pm. Cast soft plastics around the edges of Swan Bay and Tods corner. Finished with five on the plastics, four of them were in very poor condition with the only fish of quality coming from Tods.

 Cramps Bay - A True Story

President Matthew Hayes sent forward this photo taken of a fish he caught from the shore at Cramps Bay recently.
Whilst cleaning it he found no less than 5 soft plastics in it's stomach contents, three with jig heads and line still attached. He also noticed half a "black n gold t tail" with line coming out of it's vent.
As the fish was only a pound an a half in weight, it would be very doubtful that it beat five anglers, the most likely explanation we can put forward is that this brown trout was picking up soft plastics that had been previously snagged by fisherpeople, as part of it's diet.
Cramps Bay fish are reported as being very slabby at the moment so perhaps there isn't a lot of tucker about in this area?
True story!!
Regards,
President Todd.

Cramps Bay 10/09/2011

Headed up to Cramps Bay on Saturday. It wasn't pleasant at all, blowing 15 knot South Westerly's with 25 knot gusts coming through, which made it bloody freezing.
We arrived at the boat ramp 1pm and left at 4pm.

Great Lake August 22nd 2011

I fished Great Lake today with Bailey, Dale and Trev Howard.
We got to Cramps Bay at around 10am to a calm lake, fished the shoreline  north of the Cramps bay ramp and then moved up to Sandbanks bay.
All up, we caught 21 brownies between us, releasing quite a few.
Fish averaged around the 1kg mark, some only in average nick.
They had been feeding heavily on worms, stick caddis and snail.

3 Reports

Have a couple reports from Great Lake which was on 7/5/11,Georges Bay and Scamander River last weekend.
Fished great lake with Bailey & Jack from the shore near the intake and around to Sandbanks Bay,using soft plastics and the boys had a ball,

Great Lakes Easter 2011

We decided to go up to the Great Lake on Easter Saturday.  We went out on the same evening but to no prevail.
Woke up nice and early on Sunday morning about 4-30 am, we were down at the ramp by 4-45am but was too dark to launch the boat straight away so Matthew decided to go and have a spin off the end of the ramp, three casts later he had nailed a nice three pound brown.  Started fishing about 5-15am, we ended up with three for the morning.  A very well conditioned rainbow weighing about three and three quarter pounds and a nice triploid brown four pounds.

Great Lake and Lake King William Report 2011-02

Went up to Great Lake on Friday afternoon with Glen, young Jack and Bailey. Fished in Canal Bay and we managed three nice browns, I managed two on emergers and young Jack got one trolling. He lost three as well. South westerly breeze and quite cool, we saw a few taking gum beetles off the top, but things generally a bit tough.

Report from Mick Emmett - 28 August

Well, the first month of the fishing season is nearly over, but I
finally got a couple of hours to sneak up and have a look at what’s
going on up top...Not much is the short answer...

Great Lake Report August 20 2010

Went fishing to the Great Lake Monday and caught one nice Rainbow
about 4 pound and a nice brownie about 3 pound trolling on sting
cobras.
Had to leave early due to the amount of snow falling otherwise we
wouldn't of got home the next morning.
Went to four Springs yesterday and caught a nice brownie about 3 pound
only minutes after starting from the ramp trolling cobras .
Sid and Matthew

Great Lake Report 01 06 2010

This is a great Brown Trout caught out of the Great Lake which my 6 year old daughter Nicolle landed and weighing in about 3lb was a little fighter and Nicolle was very proud of her self..

Leonie

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G'day all ,
Selwyn and myself took a quick run to Great lake this on the 14th, this fish must of committed suicide as it was the only bite we had .
Tthe day was fine. We travelled about 10km for it , up the eastern corner above the intake only saw one or two duns  and three other  boats. It was a pleasant trip out
cheers Tom

Happy Days on Great Lake - Fly Fishing in the Waves

Jim Allen
It is now well over a decade since Peter Wilson of the Great Lake Hotel, now the Central Highlands Lodge discovered the ‘glowing sharks’ in the late afternoon on the Great Lake while he took some time off from pub duties. Today a dedicated band of fly fishers watch the sky carefully every morning in the highlands hoping for a stiff northerly breeze and a cobalt blue sky.  

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