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Sea run trout tactics – Craig Vertigan

Sea run trout tactics – Craig Vertigan

During the trout off-season I tend to spend a bit of time chasing bream, to continue getting a fishing fix, and spend time tying flies and dreaming about the trout season to come. It’s a time to spend doing tackle maintenance, stocking up on lures and dreaming up new challenges and goals for the trout season ahead. When the new season comes around I usually spend the first few months targeting sea runners. Sea run trout are simply brown trout that spend much of there lives out to sea and come in to the estuaries for spawning and to feed on whitebait and the other small endemic fishes that spawn in late winter through spring. Mixed in with the silvery sea runners you can also expect to catch resident fish that have the typical dark colours of a normal brown trout as well as atlantic salmon in some of our estuaries that are located near salmon farm pens. Living in Hobart it is quick and easy to do a trip on the Huon or Derwent and is a more comfortable proposition compared to a trip up to the highlands with snow and freezing winds to contend with.

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Lake Leake Fishing Report October 2013

Lake Leake has had its fair share of wet, wild and windy days since my last report, with over 5 inches of rain, filling up the lake. Many boats have come back in without a trout, while others have put in the time and caught one or two, nice average trout around the 2 pound mark.

They had been catching them mainly on a cobra wobbler or spinners, (green & gold, black red and gold/silver. We haven’t been out in the boat, because it’s been bit rough for our little tinny, we have stuck to the shores around Kalangadoo Bay, Hardings Bay and the boat ramp.
One afternoon with a fair NE breeze and light to medium showers, my brother and I decided to brave the 6 degree weather (you would think that we’d be used to it since we have lived here all our life, but it was cold), and headed down to the lake as we were tied of being inside and  tying flies!
I wanted to try out a Tassie Devil lure, which has a nice bit of gold colour on it, and in these winds and being a dull day, I thought it may do the trick. I was right! I had a few hits, I slowed my retriever down, and I hooked this nice brown trout. It was a nice little brown and he fought well, It was 43cm one and a half pound.

Being the school holidays and weather a bit rough, we headed down to Salmon Ponds, at Plenty. The oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere, and where it all started for Tasmanian trout fishing. A fantastic great place to look and feed the different types of trout and salmon in the ponds, look at in the hatchery room and take a walk through the History rooms of trout fishing in Tasmania.
It was a great day out, and also gave us the chance to check out a couple of other rivers and lakes along the way.

This last week we haven’t been so lucky with our catches, with many trips down with no success.
I told my brother Connor it was his entire fault why they have gone off the bite for us, because he got a fish smoker for his birthday and has been dying to catch a trout to try it out.
Hopefully when the wind dies down and the water settles from all the rain, Connor may get to try his smoker out.

So find the time and wet a line.

Samuel Evans

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