by Sarah Graham
The 2010-11 Angling Season, which is based on brown trout waters,
opens every year on the first Saturday in August. This year it falls
on Saturday the 7th, while rainbow waters remain closed until Saturday
2 October. Now is a good time to renew or buy an angling licence, to
prepare fishing gear and think about where to go on opening weekend or
to plan a fishing trip for early in the season.
After 32mm of rain in the Sheffield area yesterday I thought the Mersey River was worth a go this morning in humid and foggy conditions. Headed over to Weegena to have a fish upstream from the bridge. When I arrived there the river was like a mill pond as there was not a bit of wind about, and it looked perfect too. Looking upstream and downstream from the bridge I noticed the river had risen by a couple of inches plus there was not a sign of a fish on the rise either. This was a good sign for me as I thought it's going to be a top day for the spinner. I was wrong, as it was to be the opposite. Once in the water that was crystal clear and had a nice flow to it, and then after my first cast and retrieve the anti kink and the # 00 Black Aglia were fouled by the dreaded green cotton like algae that has been in the majority of the Mersey of late.
Well I went and had a fish today when there were winds from the East to North East and it's some thing I knew would be a waste of time too! I have always known you never fish when there are winds from an Easterly direction. Started off from the bridge at Weegena and fished my way up stream of the Mersey River for around 800 mtrs or there about in water that was reasonably clear and very low.
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Regards, Mersey Forth Water Management Review Team
A couple of weeks ago I was taken to the magical Mersey river by Daniel Brandenburg
In the 25 odd years I have been angling I have never once stepped foot into this system.
The plan was to fish a different part of the river, but after getting the "good oil" from a local Mersey River guru late Saturday night on where the best Caenid hatches have been, it was clear we was heading to a different area, which went something like this......
Had a quick flick at the road bridge at Latrobe yesterday on the Spreyton side on the top side of the bridge, had my little man set up with a worm on beside the bridge so I could not cover water but still managed 2 nice fish on a rapala husky jerk. Water level has just dropped nicely and starting to clear up as I'm sure it has in most rivers and bait present so good time to hit the lower limits in our rivers guys. Tight Lines.
We spent the much awaited opening day flicking a Rapala in the few hundred meters below the road bridge at Latrobe and found some good fish. I landed 5 fish between 1 to a bit over 4 pound, (2 being sea runners),.. lost a few as well in a hectic 3 hour season.
Arrived at 8:30 and caught the first at 9:30 so I don't think an early start is worth it until the water warms up a little, will be a great year for river fishing.
Tight Lines Guys,
We headed back up the Mersey this afternoon with Mr “Hard body Howard" and his son Trevor.
This was my second trip with them to this particular area and I have come to the conclusion that Dale only brings me to carry and clean his fish.
Once again he caught 99 percent of the 11 landed; he sure has this water sorted!
I received a phone call from Dale Howard yesterday, and in his usual unmistakable fashion he said, “whatcha doing tomorrow robot?” - (Don’t ask about the robot name), “because if you like, I will take you and our young blokes to one of my special spots on the Mersey for a couple of hours.”
Unfortunately, work all weekend prevented Trev and I from heading off too far,... up until this afternoon, so as soon as I knocked off we headed up to the Mersey for a look.
Waders on and a quick walk downstream for about a kilometre, working our way back up to the car.
We went down the mouth of the Mersey River this afternoon to check out what the warm water has bought in. Hit the water around 7:30 till 9pm, (should have made a night of it but had to get the kids home). Caught 2 draft board sharks which the kids loved, not me so much, and a couple of snapper which put a smile on my face, they fight great and that tell tale head shake gets the adrenaline pumping. All fish caught on squid with just a standard paternoster rig. President Leigh
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We fished the Mersey River this afternoon from Lovett’s flats, down river.
The river here has great access and many good rapids and runs and despite being fished heavily, it is still fishing pretty well.
I fished the Mersey Saturday from the road bridge at Latrobe down into the tidal reaches, thanks to the recent stocking from the fisheries the fishing was good. I landed 6 between 1 to 2.5 pound on berkley smelt pearl and grey 4 inch plastics, good mate Andy mixed it up lure wise and landed one so it's safe to say that they are a stand out lure, they look anything but a trout lure but who can argue with results.
Hit the middle reaches of the Mersy this morning with mate Andy, being low tide we fished the edges of the drop off casting hard to shore, plenty of salmon around smashing bait but only the small models, no flatties about which was disappointing. They make a good by catch while searching for our target the mighty black bream, I caught one on a green fry gulp, nice fish of 1.34kg, not being in big numbers in the Mersy one fish while fishing with plastics in a session is a successful trip. I am 5 from 5 this year so it's well worth having a crack at and the fish here like the Tamar are huge, fish over the 2kg mark are very common, Andy missed out again, sorry mate maybe next time.
Fished the Mersey Estuary Sunday morning with good friend Andy Heyhow, as the tide had turned and had been running out for an hour we fished the flats at the golf course hoping to find the bream still cruising the shallow margins. We drifted with the run out for stealth but found nothing doing. We headed back to the channel off Quoiba and flicked plastics along the edges and soon come up tight on a cracker around the 2kg mark, after testing my drag to the limits for 5 minutes I had him beside the boat and the net in the water when the hook pulled and flew past my head.
by Leigh Carpenter Hit the Mersey River middle reaches at dawn Sunday morning in search of Bream and fishing with plastics.
Landed one on a Squidgy bloodworm 100mm, nice fish 1.98kg and 48cm long. We fished the low tide mark were the water quickly drops off into the channel along the oyster racks that run along the southern shore. Keep your lure down deep and retrieve as you would for trout.
The Bells Parade area at Latrobe seems at first glance an unlikely fishing spot. The Latrobe council has done a magnificent job at this park area and in conjunction with groups such as Rotary they have bar-b-que's, gazebo's and children's play equipment not to mention the well manicured lawns. But it's the magnificent fishing that's on offer here that were going to talk about.
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