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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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Fishing around Devonport

The fishing at Devonport has been red hot the last few weeks despite the weather. A trip around town will show many people in boats and on shore fishing local waters. in the Mersey there are heaps if squid, with plenty of Salmon and Couta making a showing on the tide. Couta have been caught as far up river as Bells Pda at Latrobe. Bells Pde has also seen quite a fee Sea Runners being caught, mainly because of the incredible amounts of whitebait in the river and other local estuaries. There are few good Flathead also being caught near the mouth if the river.

East Coast Bream

Feels like years since I have posted a bit of a report, so I thought I would share a couple of recent trips Johnny and I have had to the East Coast chasing a few Bream.
Our first trip was early last week where we decided to head down for a look around to see what the Bream were up to.

Bicheno Report 5/7/2012

Mark Tapsell and I left home at 6am this morning to chase Striped Trumpeter off Bicheno.
They beat us today, but we still managed plenty of Jackass Morwong and Flathead.
The boat clocked up nearly 80 Klms .. before we found the "honey hole," where the fish were abundant.

Do you fish around Maria Island?

My name is Sarah Pendred and I am an honours student from the Australian Maritime College. I am currently researching the application of stakeholder preferences in the management of the Maria Island Marine Nature Reserve. I will be looking at preferences of 4 groups of stakeholders; researchers, fishers, managers and environmental NGOs.
See attached PDF poster HERE

Eddystone Point 12/6/12

I am passing on a report from Danny Jacobs who fished out of Eddystone point on the weekend with Josh Hammersley and his daughter Chloe on the boat Hammerhead.
Also fishing with them was Shaun and crew aboard Master Baiter and Jason and his crew aboard Predator.

 

Bicheno Report 11/06/2012

With the promise of very little wind and swell, Mike Stevens, Bailey & Phil Zanetto, along with myself, headed out to Bicheno early this morning (6am) with the aim of targeting a few striped trumpeter.

 Bicheno Striped Trumpeter

President Danny Jacobs, from Tamar Marine, recently had a striped trumpeter trip out of Bicheno with his mates Fitzy and Jason Fulton. Leaving  home at 5am to arrive at Bicheno at 7am, they headed up to Seymour and had been fishing five minutes when Jason caught his first ever Stripie.

East Coast Report

May is the beginning of the slower winter period for Tasmanian waters however there is still some great fishing on offer. With April seeing the end of the Brown Trout season for most Tasmanian waters its time to turn to the Rainbow fisheries that are still available to fish until the end of May. These waters include Dee Lagoon, Lagoon of Islands, Lake Rowallan, Lake Skinner, Mersey River above Lake Rowallan, Upper Mersey Lakes and the upstream sections of the two Weld Rivers. This time of year deep trolling with lead line is the preferred method for the lakes and still the possibility of fish on the dry fly in the North East stream.

Moorlands Beach

We fished Moorlands Beach on Sunday fishing from 10am till 6pm finding it a tough day, coming off a week of daddy day care I was up for a challenge and took the strong northerly on it's stride only to land 1 flat head at 2pm of 29cm.  Fishing beside a gutter I kept my hopes high as the tide started to rise a bit and my burley  trial started to bring in the fish. 

Weymouth Easter 2012

We were invited to Weymouth for a couple of days over the Easter break to stay at a friend’s shack. The plan was to go after some flathead on the first day and a Mako the next. We arrived about lunch time on Friday and got the gear ready.

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