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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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Morwong Hunters

I know a lot of people who go fishing for the elusive striped trumpeter; this is a very hard fish to catch.
So with this in mind we decided to go fishing for morwong, thinking our chances of achieving our goal would be much easier!
We left for Bicheno at 5.00 am arriving to a sea with a small northerly slop.
Before too long, we were on the water heading out to the GPS mark we were given, hoping to get our bag of “morwong”.

Grants Lagoon, Georges Bay 18/6/2012

Report from Bailey and Nathan Zanetto from Grants Lagoon and Georges Bay at St.Helens.
At Grants, the boys got onto some nice size bream up to 40cm, lost a couple of good ones too. They also got onto some cocky salmon. The fish were caught on Berkley bream prawns & Squidgy wasabi's. In Georges bay,

Saltwater Report 20/5/2012

Just a short report from Georges Bay at St.Helens from my son Bailey and his cousin Nathan Zanetto. They fished the Bay today and got onto some nice trevally on Dales Yep pearl whites.
They also lost a couple of "real horses", one going around a pylon and breaking Bailey off, Nathan also lost a good one in the weed.That aside, they still nailed a few nice ones all were released.

Striped Marlin - tagged and released at St Helens

After several weeks of perseverance trying bait fishing unsuccessfully for striped marlin, the team on Saltshaker today hit the jackpot with the tag and release of an estimated 80 kg striped marlin. The fish was hooked in 58 metres of water 1 mile east of St Helens Point using a combination of teasers and skip baits and live baits. It was eventually hooked on a live jack mackerel. This capture has given the team confidence to persevere with baitfishing and hopefully more anglers will also have a try while these great fish are off our coast in what appear to be good numbers. A fantastic day off St Helens gamefishing and no doubt more to come.
Rocky Carosi, Professional Charters
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George's Bay and Grand Slam

We headed to St Helens Caravan Park on Tuesday and came home on Sunday. Fishing was quiet tuff in the bay only catching 8 trevally, 4 bream and lots of other bits and pieces. All trevally were caught on a wide range of plastics and bream on Yep hard bodies. We tried swimming a wide range of hard bodies but the Yep hard bodies were the only ones that would work.

Grand Slam 2012-Dale, Trev and Bailey

Trev, Bailey and I had a great day at St Helens today fishing in the Tasfish.com Grand slam.
We didn’t manage a win but we did catch all 3 required species of a Trevally, Bream and Salmon, (The required “Grand Slam”).
A big thanks’ goes to Mike Stevens for putting such a fantastic event on and for making all of us who are “learning to bream fish with lures” comfortable enough to fish with the big guns.
We will return next year with much more knowledge (I hope!).

St.Helens & Shark at Garden Island

I just got back from St.Helens where I had a fish with my brother Stephen.
I was tied up doing chores at the shack yesterday, so today we went out for about 4 hours for a good feed of morwong, we were after a stripy, but it was not to be this time.
We then went for a troll at the 100 metre mark for some albacore and boated three.

St Helens Christmas 2011

On a trip to St Helens over the Christmas, had the usual home cooked Christmas dinner and Boxing day holiday. I wasn't to know these were going to be the best days for fishing while we were there. On Monday night went to set my craypot but got beaten by a strong south easterly wind, so the cray got to live another day.

St Helens Report 31/12/2011

Just got back from St.Helens, spent a couple of days fishing in Georges Bay and Grants Lagoon with Bailey, my brother Paul and his son Nathan.  We caught a few salmon and a couple of grass whiting over some sand flats and Nathan lost a really big bream right at the boat.  In Grants lagoon we caught some big trevally, bream and flathead, also got around 10 dozen prawns from here on Tuesday night.  We also got a pic of a nice Thresher shark caught up the coast from shore (pics may not be very clear as they were taken from a mobile).

 

Upper Scamander River and Georges Bay at St.Helens Report

I have been working down at St.Helens last week, so Bailey caught the bus down on Friday to have a fish with me on the weekend.

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