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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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Great Lake and Lake King William Report 2011-02

Went up to Great Lake on Friday afternoon with Glen, young Jack and Bailey. Fished in Canal Bay and we managed three nice browns, I managed two on emergers and young Jack got one trolling. He lost three as well. South westerly breeze and quite cool, we saw a few taking gum beetles off the top, but things generally a bit tough.

Next day we decided to head up to beautiful Lake King William to fish in the Guelph Basin. We got there around 11 am to a calm lake, what a spectacular place to fish. The fish were only small but the senery makes up for that. Fished all the shallow bays in the basin and we caught 28 nice fat trout, five being rainbows. We caught fish on dry fly,soft plastics and some trolling and lost heaps as well. The lake level down around 3 metres, so no mud exposed which was good. Bailey and Jack loved it up there and can’t wait to go back. Cheers for now.
Phil

 

 











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