Trout number 400 reached today. 6/4/2015
Needing another six more trout to reach the 400 for the 2014/15 season I thought a trip back to Merseylea would be worth a shot. I knew the Mersey River still had a good flow of water coming down and this area would give me the best chance of reaching the mark. I was in the river by 4.30pm and didn't realise how low the sun was, with daylight saving out of the way it was much lower than I expected. Still I knew I would still have at least two hours to get the trout I required. The first run of fast water didn't show any signs of a fish, but in the next run I managed five hook ups for three browns caught and released. This was just the start I wanted and I had only fished some twenty meters of this fast water. It went quiet for the next ten meters before I had another brown take the little Mepps black fury, it was soon in the net. With only two more required I was feeling pretty confident of reaching my target before I made it to the end of this fast run in which I still had some thirty meters left to fish. It didn't happen, the rest of the run didn't give a yelp much to my disgust.Read more ...
I decided to head to Lake Leake today with the mad Hungarian George Papp. We arrived around 10.30am, the lake was fairly calm and mostly sunny conditions throughout the afternoon. We mostly fished the Snowy and big timber shoreline, casting Dale Howard's Yep Red Nuts towards shore. The lake is full, water spilling over dam wall. I managed my third bag limit in a row - having a purple patch on this water at the moment. George bagged four nice fish as well. We got a mixture of browns and rainbows, with a few others lost at the boat
We went to Lake Leake early yesterday morning after a few wind lane feeders and found a few rising but they were often only ”oncers". We managed a nice rainbow, broke on the strike on another (which looked like a very good fish) and also caught a smallish rainbow. The fish very hard to catch as there is an abundance of stick caddis in the water and they are gorged full of them.
Well, with a few calm days on our hands. We were hoping we might have stirred up a few fish. We stirred them up alright, just not enough to jump on to our lures! With follow after follows, no such luck.
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.
An early afternoon phone call and a bit of enthusiasm was all that was needed...Mike Stevens arrived at my place around 1.30pm and soon we were on our way to Lake Leake with his newly renovated Purdon Dingy in tow. We weren’t on the water long when we had couple of nice fish onboard to christen it, finished with 4 trout (2 rainbows, 2 browns) along with one massive perch.
I was going to head up to Cramps Bay today, but with a forecast of 25 knot nw winds up there, I decided to have another crack at Lake Leake with George Papp instead. We arrived around 11.30am and had our bags by 3pm.
Fished up the Snowy again and caught fish on Yep golden seducer, red nut and Black & Gold T.Tails.
Gusty nw wind and with sunny periods,fish again in good condition with the best being around the 5lb mark.
I decided to have a look at Lake Leake today with the Mad Hungarian George Papp. We arrived around 11am to a full lake, headed up towards the snowy and started drifting across the bay in 1.5mts of water. We were casting Dales Yep lures about as well as the gold and black t.tails.
We mainly stuck to fishing this area and caught the majority of fish here.
Hi everyone, Mick took Connor and me around to the Northern side of the lake for a fish (Snake Rock). He lent Connor and me a set of waders as we are saving up to buy our own.
When we got to our destination, we chucked on the waders, and I grabbed my fly rod out of the back, and Connor went for his spinning rod, and Mick got his Fly rod.
A rough picture of our Lake Leake catch on Sunday morning.
Saturday we spun for hours for just 2 fish me a nice medium sized brown just
outside Snow Bay and Franco a 1 kg rainbow near Breakfast Pt. both fish on
Hi all, Lake leake was our chosen destination for the opening day of the trout season.
Leaving home at 6.30am , egg n bacons , coffee, along with a "nip or two of scotch" were first on the agenda when we arrived.
As expected, the weather was atrocious but we still managed to find a break in the wind at about 9.30 am.
President Bill Williams landed a nice rainbow and a brown, whilst I broke on one and missed another.
Hi everyone... opening day didn’t start as planned.
I arrived home late from work Friday night and I didn't get a chance to get the gear ready so it was up bright and early to make up for lost time, one problem, unable to find the bungs for the boat!
The decision was made to wait until the shops opened in order to get some new ones.
At 9am with this part of the mission completed, we were on our way knowing we were going to miss out on Todd's famous egg and bacon breakfast, (not to mention the scotch).
Well, what a start to the 2013/14 trout season.
Awaking up to reasonable strong wind gusts and a light frost we headed of down to the lake deciding to leave the tinny in the shed as the 3hp motor wouldn’t have got us far in the wind!
I took my fly rod, and Connor had his spinning rod with the trusty old green and gold spinner! We were fishing for around half an hour, and Connor had a nice brown have a crack at his lure, but to his disappointment it got off. With a cast here and a flick there, there didn’t seem much movement at along the shoreline.
My fishing cobber and I finished-off the season last weekend at our main stamping ground - Lake Leake.
Frank took two browns and a nice rainbow on a Tassie Devil “Rowley’s Riot” hard lure. I took three rainbows – one on a Gary Glitter soft plastic and the other two on a small green wiggle-tail plastic.
Because of the powerful wind that just wouldn’t let up we stayed near the shacks, mainly near the dam and along to Cutting Grass. The browns were around the corner in the lee of Coglan’s Point. They were not much above a pound each but nicely coloured. Frank’s rainbow was one of the October released fish and still had quite a bit of the fish farm fat inside.
Our neighbour Rodney decided to take myself and my brother Connor out in the boat on Lake Leake for a couple of hours. While out on the water, there was a fair NW breeze blowing. We trolled up the Big Timber Shore. We were getting a few hits; I then changed to a different Tassie Devil lure. My lure wasn’t even in the water 5 minutes before I was on! It was a nice little brown measuring 30cm, which is a nice pan size!
Connor, Wally and I went out on Lake Leake for a couple of hours. We were in Wally’s boat and headed out at 12:30, and we trawled up around the Big Timber Shore, only getting a few touches. We then went over to the island getting a bit of cover from the wind, and getting a few hits on Tassie devil lures. We then trawled across in to Choco log bay, where Wally had a nice hit, but dropped it. We fished in there for about 45 minutes, getting a few hits. We then started to head back to Kalangadoo Bay, where Wally hooked this small Rainbow trout.
My brother and I went for a fish down the lake, Connor was fishing off the rocks at the Kalangadoo Bay Boat ramp, and had a few hits from a rainbow, and then he hooked it. It was 30 cm, we headed Back home as the rain started to really come down, and at about 4:30, we went back down as the rain had eased. I had a few hits from this small Rainbow, but I cast out to where there is this stump, let it sink and worked it back. On the 3rd time I let it sink,
Johnny Dekkers and myself fished Lake Leake today. Leaving home at 5am hopes were high that we may get some early morning wind lane action...it wasn't to be. Although a bit chilly, conditions seemed almost perfect with an overcast sky and light winds. No insect life at all, just a light smattering of midge..not enough to get them looking to the surface though.
Connor and I went for a fish down the lake; we had a few casts down off the boat ramp but we had no luck. So we decided to move up around to the Big Timber Shore, and still had no luck… We went back to the boat ramp, and I ended up getting this nice little rainbow! It measured in at 32cm. I caught it on a Loftys green & gold spinner.
This is my 3rd trout for the season, and I hope to get a few more!!!
Samuel Evans – Lake Leake Tasmania
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