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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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Four Springs Report 1/4/2012

With today’s weather being as good as it was, I decided to head out to Four Springs for a couple of hours. I arrived at 9.30 am, and to be honest, with it being that late in the morning, I didn’t expect much in the way of any fishing action. Upon arrival, I was soon to realise my first mistake,... I didn’t bring my fly rod.

I had thought about it, but “reconsidered” with the logic that all the dry fly action was nearly over for the year. Since stripping wet fly’s doesn’t excite me too much nowadays, I thought I had made the correct decision.
Plenty of Duns and heaps of Red spinners about, with the fish interested! “Hmmm” goes to show how much I know!
Anyway, I flogged away with soft plastics for around an hour without even a touch and was thinking about heading home when I remembered I had a couple of Dales Yep Hard bodies left in my tackle bag, from Lake King Willy the other day.
Within 5 minutes I had a lovely rainbow of around three pounds beside the boat but as I had the drag set a “touch too heavy”, he pulled the hooks just as I was reaching for the net.
Ten minutes later I hooked another that gave me a good run for my money, but with the reset drag, I didn’t make the same mistake twice!
Another brown of a couple of pounds followed not long after.
I was back home again at around 1.30 pm wondering what could have been,  “if I did in fact”, bring my fly rod.
Still thankful that I managed a couple, all the same.
Will head back there early one morning this week.
Hopefully the fly rod will get another bend in it yet? ....before the season closes.
Regards,

Todd

 


 

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