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Early season - Bob McKinley

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
Bob is a professional fishing guide and guides for trout and estuary species. Check him out at www.fishwildtasmania.com

There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.

Quantity of fish.

Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:

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Lakes Report

Decided to take my old mate “Roundy” for a drive up to the lakes today.
I didn’t take boat as forecast was crap, just went for a bit of a look with a couple of soft plastic rods just in case we wanted to have a fish.
Went into Little Lake, it was quite high after all the rain.
We fished for about an hour for little result, I managed one and Roundy had a couple follows.

Great Lake Report 9/3/2013

I haven't been fishing much lately that's why NO reports coming from this direction, but none the less we have one now. Went to the Great lake on Saturday with some mates 3 boats in total and 6 fishermen, upon arrival we decided to make some fun out of the long weekend and made it a little competition between all the boats.
Team Woodberry flew out of the blocks on Saturday afternoon boating 2 nice Brownies in the first half an hour by 6pm and ended up with another 2 a bit later by 7.30,  netting 4 very nice Brownies all in very good condition 2 actually carrying fat inside them.

Arthurs Lake 24/2/2013

On reading the super forecast of humid, rainy and winds 10-15 knots easing back I headed to Arthurs confident of finding a good dun hatch. How wrong was I . Wind never got under 15 knots and I'm sure got up to 25 knots meaning any hatching  duns got swept up and spirited km away! I fished 4 hours and only saw 2 duns. It was a matter of getting in the lee and seeing what i could conjure up.. the trusty bead head under the dry did no good so loch style it was and within minutes of changing I hooked and subsequently lost two smallish fish.

Huntsmans Lake 24/2/2013

Trev and I headed out to the Huntsman for a couple of hours today; the water was very calm and 22 degrees. We found a few fish moving in a wind lane but they were very hard work. The lake is very low.
On the way home we saw this sign selling goats, the paddocks they were in are very dry, but as it was pouring with rain up there, they may get a feed soon.

Dale & Trev

Huntsmans Lake 24/2/2013

Trev and I headed out to the Huntsman for a couple of hours today; the water was very calm and 22 degrees. We found a few fish moving in a wind lane but they were very hard work. The lake is very low.
On the way home we saw this sign selling goats, the paddocks they were in are very dry, but as it was pouring with rain up there, they may get a feed soon.

Dale & Trev

Four Springs 24/2/2013

We headed off to Foursey's this morning with Johnny Dekkers, leaving home at 5am. Upon arrival, it started to rain and John suddenly realised he had forgot to bring a coat, being the stubborn old goat he is, he was determined to fish anyway. Luckily we managed to hunt up a red one from the boat, hence the bright colour in the picture.

Little Lake 23/2/2013

Had a look at Little Lake again this arvo, was going to go to Great Lake to have a go at the shark fishing, but forecast was for a cloudy day, so that put an end to that idea. So off we went with Bailey doing all the driving, he now has his learners license thank god, ...he can do all of the driving now, Bailey's mate Will Hankenson  also tagged along.

Four Springs 20/2/2013

We made the last minute decision to head to Four Springs Lake last night (Wednesday) and this saw us leaving home at 7:30pm. Trev gave me the rules, fly fishing only, so out came the old six piece (as I broke my good rod last week on the first cast.)
We were soon on the water (within 20 minutes), as the lake is close by our home, we nearly ran over a herd of goats on the way there, but that is another story.

Woods Lake

I spent 3 days at Woods Lake with my son Jarod. We landed there on Thursday night at 11 pm, up at 5 and on the water in very foggy conditions. We found fish rising all over the lake in the fog; I had my bag by 7am and put a few smaller ones back, Jarod not being so lucky.
Much the same thing Saturday getting 4 and Jarod 2. We didn’t fish Sunday, preferring to go touring on the lake instead. We had a great time, biggest fish was 1kg “gilled and gutted”; all fish were in fabulous nick.
Regards - Mark Tapsell

Great Lake Horror Report!

I took my mainland mate (Kevin Wilkinson) to the Great Lake yesterday, joined by Bailey and Phil Zanetto. We were hopeful of some good "Shark fishing", ..(polarioding trout in windlanes). Phil caught one, we never saw a fish. The BBQ was good though.

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