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Early season - Bob McKinley

Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
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There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.

Quantity of fish.

Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:

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Four Springs 11/8/2012

I went out after work for a relaxing hour of angling. It was awesome till I tried to get off the water. A regatta was still in full swing 15 boats and another 15 cars. We got a nice brown of a kilo in the calming conditions. The wind died off and water was glassy.

Trying to get off the water was a nightmare. Some boat users think its good form to park your boat across the ramp crosswise while you gasbag with your mates and clean a couple of fish. There was a flotilla lined up that they obviously didn't see. It's funny sometimes how obvious stuff isn't that obvious to some, like the no parking turning circle signs a father and son outfit parked their car in making it nigh impossible for cars to reverse trailers or negotiate.
Like most folks I go fishing to relax.. not put up with illiterate or inconsiderate who make life tough for people who do the right thing.
I don't know the answer - I thought the dual boatramp might have helped but not tonight.
Maybe when some folks get a licence they should do an IQ test. The clowns there tonight breaking the rules wouldnt have got through it!

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