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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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Catching squid is simple and fun, being able to be done from many of our jetties as well as from of a boat.

One of the easiest ways is with the use of a squid jig and of these the prawn style appear to produce the best results. How do you start?

Wander down to your local pier or jetty, look for a well lit area where the light is shining on the water and start jigging. To catch squid throw out your jig and start jigging by lifting your rod tip up and then letting it drop altering your speed as you do it. Do this several times, wind in a bit of line and start again. If you don't have a rod this can be done just as well with a handline.

When a squid is attracted to a jig it tries to grab it and pull it away. This causes its tentacles to get caught in the spikes at the base of the jig. The squid is only stuck because it is always trying to pull away so you have to be careful not to let your line go slack or else they can escape.

When you catch your squid, be careful while you land it, they have  excellent black ink that they squirt when alarmed. This can make a real mess of your clothes and you'll be in big trouble at home.

When handling squid watch out for their beak, it is like a parrots and can bite just as well. When cleaning squid, some people throw the tentacles away, don't. They make excellent bait.which stay on the hook very well. You can also use the hood for bait, but I think they are much nicer to eat

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