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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 2011-01-26

Thought you might find these photos interesting. Samuel and Jackson caught these fish at Arthurs Lake yesterday. We were going to take the boat but found out that the life jackets were all the way out at our shack! So we were forced to shore fish.

The kids are very happy with these fish (1 each). Samuel, the youngest boy, lost a really good one (probably 4-5lb), not far from his feet and broke his line. We also had two others snag us up.
The Trout we caught were choc-a-bloc full of Caddice and Snails!
I was just glad to have the day off to go fishing with my boys & wife... it was great!
I feel that when the lake drops 1-2m's there will be some really good fish come out of Arthurs. At the moment they simply have too much food variety.
Nick - Got One Launceston

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