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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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Woods Lake

I spent 3 days at Woods Lake with my son Jarod. We landed there on Thursday night at 11 pm, up at 5 and on the water in very foggy conditions. We found fish rising all over the lake in the fog; I had my bag by 7am and put a few smaller ones back, Jarod not being so lucky.
Much the same thing Saturday getting 4 and Jarod 2. We didn’t fish Sunday, preferring to go touring on the lake instead. We had a great time, biggest fish was 1kg “gilled and gutted”; all fish were in fabulous nick.
Regards - Mark Tapsell

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