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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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Lake Augusta 1/12/2013

Had a trip up to Lake Augusta today with my brother Paul and his son Nathan. We arrived around 11am and finished around 7pm. It was mostly sunny and a light southerly breeze. We managed to catch 13 trout, one being a rainbow. It was Nathans first time here and one day he wont forget as he bagged out. The fish were caught on yep red nut, berkley black & gold t.tails and olive pearl t.tails. The size of fish was around 1lb up to 3lb.most in good nick,a couple were average. The fish had been feeding on scud and gum beetles.
 We saw a lot of fish taking gummies throughout the afternoon,next trip here will bring the flyrods. I didn't think the weather was going be so good today. We lost a hell of a lot of fish today as well, they would thrash about on top jumping all over the place when hooked and throw the hooks on several occasions. I think at one stage we lost four or five fish in a row - very frustrating. It was a top days fishing though, great weather and only one other boat.
 
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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