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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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Little Lake / Great Lake

I decided to take Bailey and his mate Jack Shennan up to the lakes for a night.
On Saturday afternoon we went to Little Lake and caught 27 brownies, the lake was very low, strong NW winds, mostly cloudy. I managed my bag limit using small wets and the boys caught the rest on soft plastics. Many fish were missed and lost as well.


Saw a few duns on the water with the occasional fish on them; we were the only ones there, very unusual, certainly plenty of fish in the lake. Most were on the small side, fish we caught went from 3/4lb up to 1.5lb, they had scud and stick caddis in their stomachs and were very red fleshed, we had a fantastic afternoon.

Sunday morning, I took the boys for a fish from the shore at Canal Bay at Great Lake for a couple of hours, Bailey managed three nice brownies on Berkley flick baits.

CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO

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