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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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Bronte Lagoon

Arrived at Bronte this afternoon, great day, the fish are on the chew netted 3 dropped 4 and put 2 back . Strong, and all in good nick. All spin drifting, black and red Kandles.
President Reg Travers

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Four Springs 28/10/2013

I took Bailey out to Four Springs Lake after school today as he hasn't wet a line for a while. He fished up the eastern shore north of the ramp and got a small rainbow in the first ten minutes. He released it not long after that he landed a nice fat rainbow around the 3lb mark. He had a few hits and boils as well, but not hooking up - then disaster struck - his bail arm on his reel snapped. He snapped too - would have got a few more I reckon.

Lake Leake Fishing Report October 2013

Lake Leake has had its fair share of wet, wild and windy days since my last report, with over 5 inches of rain, filling up the lake. Many boats have come back in without a trout, while others have put in the time and caught one or two, nice average trout around the 2 pound mark.

Little Pine 12/10/2013

John Fordham and myself decided to head up the lakes mid friday afternoon, plenty of wind forcast along with a few showers. Hopefully we should find somewhere sheltered to have a flick. We arrived at Dereks Shack, unloaded the gear and went for a drive to check out some possibles. We came back to the shack and settled down for the night, watched TV and some video’s and decided we would head for Little Pine.

Curries River Dam 15/9/2013

Trev and I made the last minute decision to head down to Curries River Dam for a fish and to try out the new yep rainbow trout hard lure. We arrived at 3.00 pm and fished for a couple of hours. The new lure colour didn't let us down it took no time to get the first fish in the boat. This fishery will get a fair flogging from us this season as it never lets us down and has strong hard fighting fish. We also saw one take a dunn.
Dale & Trev

Lake Leake Fishing Report September 2013

By Samuel Evans
With winter finally behind us, spring has arrived, along with the swallows.
Insects are hatching and the trout are on the move. Spring has brought warmer weather with water temperature increasing a couple of degrees, making the trout a bit more active.
There have been a few rough wild and windy days, at the lake, most fishermen have been accessing the lake from the boat ramp around at Lake Leake, then taking to the shelted parts of the lake by boat, but for us and our 4hp motor we wouldn’t have got out of Kalangadoo Bay, the wind would have pushed us back up onto the boat ramp, so we waited for calmer, safer days, which has given us some awesome catches from our boat, along with fishing from the shore.

Lake Leake 2/9/2013

An early afternoon phone call and a bit of enthusiasm was all that was needed...Mike Stevens arrived at my place around 1.30pm and soon we were on our way to Lake Leake with his newly renovated Purdon Dingy in tow. We weren’t on the water long when we had couple of nice fish onboard to christen it, finished with 4 trout (2 rainbows, 2 browns) along with one massive perch.

 Lake Leake 2/9/2013

I was going to head up to Cramps Bay today, but with a forecast of 25 knot nw winds up there, I decided to have another crack at Lake Leake with George Papp instead. We arrived around 11.30am and had our bags by 3pm.
Fished up the Snowy again and caught fish on Yep golden seducer, red nut and Black & Gold T.Tails.
Gusty nw wind and with sunny periods,fish again in good condition with the best being around the 5lb mark.

Lake Dulverton 21/8/2013

My son, Alex & I took a slow trip to Launceston (for my niece's 21st celebration) on Saturday (17th Aug)  with intent to fish Brumby's Creek out of Cressy but stopped by Oatlands at Lake Dulverton. Its level was down but should fill up perhaps after the northern weekend rain.

Lake Leake 24/8/2013

I decided to have a look at Lake Leake today with the Mad Hungarian George Papp. We arrived around 11am to a full lake, headed up towards the snowy and started drifting across the bay in 1.5mts of water. We were casting Dales Yep lures about as well as the gold and black t.tails.
We mainly stuck to fishing this area and caught the majority of fish here.

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