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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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Arthurs Lake 14/1/2013

My Nephew Jedd and I just returned from our Annual trip to Arthurs lake but sadly our trip was cut short to just over 3 days as my mum was very ill and we needed to rush home. The three days we did have were very good weather-wise with warm weather and a fair amount of sunshine.


Much to my surprise this weather pattern brought on a big black spinner hatch from about lunch time to after dark. The fish were easily found in the lee shores feeding actively on spinners. My nephew got his first seven fish on the fly and can’t wait to get back next trip. I got 30 fish including 4 in 4 casts and 2 lots of 2 in 2 casts. The fish were mostly small between half a pound and 2 pound but they were in good condition and fought well. It’s great to see the lake looking healthy again and I’m sure that overcast days will see some great fishing on the duns in the next few weeks. Those of you lucky enough to pick your day to head up to the lakes are in for a treat.

Tight lines and wet nets Dave Egan.





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