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Sea runners - Early Season Excitement - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.

The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.

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Christmas with Phil Z

Got a few pics for you to have a look at from a few days fishing with my family over the xmas break.
We fished off the Tamar Heads with Dave Smith and Mick Day looking to get onto a mako,we got a small one to the boat around 20 to 30kg. Tried to get him to eat a fly, but he just kept swimming past it. Thought for sure he would take it, but not to be. He picked up the baits that Dave and Mick had on, only to drop them after short runs, wouldn’t swallow the baits..next time.

We got some salmon out of Grants Lagoon at Binalong Bay on Yep Red Nut hardbodies. Fished out wide from St Helens on one day that it wasn’t blowing and managed some flathead, latchet, gummy shark, morwong, arrow squid, dogfish and plenty of those red gurnard.
Fished in Georges Bay and got onto some salmon, nice size trevally and Bailey even caught a big toad - all caught on softies.
Bailey also had a go off the shore at a lagoon at Scamander looking to catch some bream, but did no good He saw a couple of horses but spooked them.
Heading up the lakes next for a couple of days so will have a report from there when we get back.
 
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO

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