I noted with interest recently that after more than a dozen years of guiding my most regular clients come during December January. Two clients in particular are emphatic that the best week of the season is the third week in December. In this dozen years one of these clients has never missed catching at least his bag (12) limit of trout on at least one of the days of his visit.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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