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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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Pioneer Lake 4/8/2012

On the 4th of August I walked down to the Pioneer Lake at 6.20am. When i got there it was raining so I got ready and waited for the wind to calm down a bit then i made my first cast it blew back in with in 3 minutes but I didn't give up.

Lake Leake Report 13/8/2012

Samuel Evans - Kalangadoo/Tasmania
My brother and I went for a fish down the lake, I was fishing off a log and I landed these 2 rainbow trout, the 1st one was 31cm & the 2nd one was 34cm. The trout were in good condition. They were my 1st trout for the season. I hope to catch a few more! (But just a bit bigger)

Connor Evans

Curries River Dam Report 12/8/2012

Looks like I am doing the report as Dale has handpassed it on to me! We fished Curries River Dam this arvo with Dale, Trev, & Bailey. We met up with them onsite around lunchtime. It was the first time here for me, but Dale has fished it a few times about 15 years ago and got some nice fish out of it on the fly.

Penstock Lagoon 12/8/2012

Some photos of our two and a half hour trip at Penstock today.
Cheers Craig

Cramps Bay Report 11/8/2012

I headed up to Cramps Bay (Great Lake), with my boy Jared this morning.
Left home around 6am and was on the water & fishing by around 7.15ish.
Using Yep black n gold flappers we landed 7 trout, most being browns with the exception of a lone rainbow.
We fished on along the western shore using 1/8th jig heads in around 1.5 to 2 metres of water. Retrieves were very slow,... keeping the plastic along the bottom for as long as possible.
Not much snow left up there at the moment and fish (when cleaned), were extremely pink in colour.
Regards, Mark.

Four Springs Report 11/8/2012

We left home at 6am this morning and met up with Phil and Bailey Zanetto at the Four Springs car park around 6.30 ish. A couple of cars also rolled in , but not "too many"... to speak of early. It is about at this time, I must admit to my own Tool Academy nomination. I launched my little 12 foot tinny, only to see the rope come undone and it drifting out of reach toward the middle of the lake.

Four Springs 11/8/2012

I went out after work for a relaxing hour of angling. It was awesome till I tried to get off the water. A regatta was still in full swing 15 boats and another 15 cars. We got a nice brown of a kilo in the calming conditions. The wind died off and water was glassy.

Four Springs Lake Report 8/8/2012

I decided to take Bailey for a fish out to Four Springs Lake after work today.
Arrived there near 5pm and we were finished by 6pm, talk about fast and furious action!!
We finished this little session with nine trout; I caught two beaut rainbows and a brown right at the ramp.
I didn’t want to go for a walk, (bit lazy in my old age), Bailey went for a wade up to the right of the ramp, to the point, and he bagged six browns, releasing two.

Four Springs Report 8/8/2012

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.

Tooms Lake 3/8/2012

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.

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