Presented from Issue 103, April 2013
The months of April and May can offer very good trout fishing opportunities. Brown trout are well aware of the need to put on weight leading up to their annual spawning cycle. Now that many of the hatches are coming to an end, they are becoming more opportunistic feeders, once again.
As the brown trout season nears its end on the Sunday nearest to the 30th of April, male brown trout become very aggressive as they begin to pair up with potential females. Big wet flies, plastics and lures are often hit, just to get them out of their territory. Rainbows on the other hand, usually spawn later in the year with their closing season reflecting this by finishing one month later on the Sunday closest to the 31 st of May. So rainbows are mostly unaffected by the urge to spawn and continue to feed as normal right through to May.Read more ...
We went to Four Springs today arrived at 8.30 to the wind and rain.
I tryed fly fishing but as the wind got steadly worse I gave that up.
We ended up with 8 fish for the day the best was 4 pound and they were
all in good nick.
Vic hard for half the day with a black and gold t tail for not atouch and as soon as we changed to pumpkinseed off we went.
Friday afternoon went with daughter Kiri-Lee to Tooms Lake to meet up with Mick Barrett and his wife Shirley. The weather was cool and light occasional showers. Launched boat after breakfast Saturday and Mick caught first rainbow trolling back to campsite. Mick, Kiri-Lee and I then fished till lunchtime with me boating two rainbows. The afternoon was a little less productive with each of us hooking up but failing to land one until Mick hooked a nice brown, this being the only one landed for the session.
I took Bailey and his mate Jack Shennan for a quick fish to Brushy Lagoon after work. We arrived there around 5pm and the boys flicked some softies around for an hour, Bailey managed to land a nice 6lb salmon,talked to a few other anglers who all had fish. One fellow posed for the camera with a couple of nice salmon he had caught, another fellow was telling me that a couple of anglers caught 26 salmon and kept the lot - talk about bloody cormorants!!
I went up To Great Lake on Friday night to catch up with a few mates and to get ready for an early morning mission on the trout, opening morning. We had 12 guys staying at the shack we rented... and 5 boats in tow.
Most of us made it out onto the water around 7am and myself and a mate (Pat), headed around the shore lines of Becketts and Todds corner.
We fished mainly hard bodies for the first few hours of the day, using Cultiva minnows and Jackal colt minnows in black and gold colours.
I guess my report really starts on Friday at 1pm when I picked up my mate, (Kevin Wilkinson), from the Launceston Airport and took him straight out to Brushy Lagoon in the hope of getting him onto a decent sized Atlantic Salmon. Naturally, I couldn’t get away without my daughter Demi in tow again, especially after her efforts the previous day. I was now delegated to boat driver for the afternoon!
We headed to Brushy Lagoon at lunchtime. Patrick landed 2 Atlantic salmon before we even left the boat ramp. Then we fished out of the boat for a couple of hours picking up another four. We loaded up the boat and cooked up a couple snags and Patrick caught another one off the boat ramp. All were between 6 - 7 pound.
We then headed to Four Springs for the last couple hours of daylight. Jamie only managed a couple on pumpkinseed. Couldn't catch any on the t-tail.
Stu, Jamie and Patrick
Went up to the Central Highlands as our normal opening weekend trip. We fished Woods Lake Saturday caught eight between us, (all on fly) as that’s the only way we fish for trout...was hard going. Weather was too good, plenty of flat water with bits of sun, also had others on that we dropped.
Sunday morning fished Penstock for two and a half hours for seven fish between us. There was a bit of wind around and patchy skys, headed back to shack for a feed, clean up and the drive home. We timed it nicely as it started to rain within half an hour of being back at the shack with snow falling as we left for home.
Bill and I decided to go to Brushy Lagoon today just to get a bit of practise ready for the coming season. We headed off at 11am and the weather looked a bit crook but you know what fishermen are like, ignore the bad weather pray. We arrived and was quickly approached by a distraught lady asking us if we had any pointy nosed pliers. I never had any but bill quickly rushed to his tackle box and came to her rescue so he thought.she had a very nice fish in her possession which she said that her son had caught and in getting the hook out it must have entrenched the hook in his finger up to the barb.
My eldest daughter Demi has just come off her exams and had a student free day today.
I suggested a couple of hours at Brushy and she jumped at it.
It's been quite a while since we have been out fishing together, time just gets away.
Just before Christmas last year, my brother (10), sister (15) and I (14) went out on Lake Leake fishing. We weren’t out on the water for more than 5 minutes; Connor hooked a small brown, then Gracie-mae but both under size. Not long after that I hooked something that felt like a log, it was pulling like a freight train!! When we got it up to the side of the boat, it was monster red fin perch!! We got it in the boat measured and weighed in at 45cm, 2.7pounds, it was a whopper.
In response to concerns from the angling community regarding safe launching and retrieval of boats in southerly or south – westerly weather MAST has provided funding to upgrade the boat ramp at Lake Mackintosh.
Various proposals have been considered and a site meeting was held in May 2012 with representatives from Hydro, MAST, IFS and local anglers to explore all the options.
As it turned out, we had an impromptu Presidents club outing at Cramps Bay (Great Lake) today. A great day was had with good company, even though, "as expected"... it was a bit on the cool side.
For a full report and photos go to Great Lake 2/6/2012. (see below)
Read More for pictures
We had a great day fishing with my son Bailey and Danny Jacobs in my boat, Todd, Jim & Virginia McKenna in Todd’s boat, Dale “The Unit” Howard and Trev in their boat & Brent Taylor and his son Ashey in their boat.
All of us managed fish, what a great bunch to fish with; anyway, this is our boats report.
The morning started off slow to start with us dropping a couple and getting onto a couple a bit later, on the western shore of Cramps.
We planned a trip at the start of the week with Marcus to head to Great Lake as he has been pretty keen to head up and chase a few on Hardbodies. He made the journey up from Smithton and we met up at Deloraine at around 6am, I was running a bit late as I was messing around at the Westbury shop getting supplies. But anyway, we made our way up the Tier and around to Swan Bay. Conditions looked superb from the warm vehicle on the way around, but we soon got a bit of a shock when we jumped out of the bus at the ramp! I think the big fella threw on more pants, jumpers, beanies and buffs before I could even find my "head sock'!
I've been meaning to get a report up earlier, but I've been flat-out this past week.....
Scored a day off work late last week, so I decided to head up to Great Lake for a bit of Trout action. With all the Bream fishing I have been doing of late (which isn't a bad thing) I haven't chased a Trout since about November last year! So I was pretty keen....
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.
Thought it was about time to send in a photo and share story of a nice big fish. Caught this 6.2kg atlantic salmon late afternoon Monday, May 14 with assistance of colleagues who found not only was the net too small but that the fish so heavy it had to be dragged ashore.
Two weeks ago, myself and long time workmate, (Gary Garwood), took a voluntary redundancy package from Aurora, ..between us we had been employed there for over 60 years. Gary actually trained me as an apprentice linesman all those years ago. Before we left Aurora, we said," whilst we were unemployed" we would try and get together for a fish as often as we could, as a way of staying in touch with each other.
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