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Trolling for trout

Does line diameter matter?

One of the most significant factors in trolling success for trout in the thickness of your line, claims lure manufacturer Greg "Lofty" Hayes.

"Last season I introduced a fine diameter high breaking strain line to the market, mainly because I was not happy with the lines on the market, mainly because I was not happy with the lines that were generally available.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

Four Springs 21/8/2012

Fished Four Springs again got  there at about 9.00am to not much wind. Just enough to move the boat. Did a couple of drift for not even a touch. Then we drifted towards the trees out in the deep and it started.
Vic and I both caught fish in a short time, because then we cast for ages for nothing, just when we thought it was all done it started again. We ended up with our bag and put back 3 or 4.

Four Springs 16/8/2012

We headed out to Four Springs this morning with Bill Williams and one thing on my mind...redemption. I use that word, as the day before; I took him out with nothing to show for our efforts but a chill in the back, 2 missed strikes... and a straightened hook. Today was another day however.

Four Springs Report 11/8/2012

We left home at 6am this morning and met up with Phil and Bailey Zanetto at the Four Springs car park around 6.30 ish. A couple of cars also rolled in , but not "too many"... to speak of early. It is about at this time, I must admit to my own Tool Academy nomination. I launched my little 12 foot tinny, only to see the rope come undone and it drifting out of reach toward the middle of the lake.

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.

Four Springs Lake Report 8/8/2012

I decided to take Bailey for a fish out to Four Springs Lake after work today.
Arrived there near 5pm and we were finished by 6pm, talk about fast and furious action!!
We finished this little session with nine trout; I caught two beaut rainbows and a brown right at the ramp.
I didn’t want to go for a walk, (bit lazy in my old age), Bailey went for a wade up to the right of the ramp, to the point, and he bagged six browns, releasing two.

Four Springs Report 8/8/2012

We went to Four Springs today arrived at 8.30 to the wind and rain.
I tryed fly fishing but as the wind got steadly worse I gave that up.
We ended up with 8 fish for the day the best was 4 pound and they were
all in good nick.
Vic hard for half the day with a black and gold t tail for not atouch and as soon as we changed to pumpkinseed off we went.

Four Springs Report 21/4/2012

We headed out to Four Springs with my son Jacob this afternoon for a bit of a troll around in the hope that we might pick something up.
No such luck, not even a tap. We ran into President Jamie Morehouse on the water and their boat lost an estimated four pounder at the net.
When we left them, they had nothing to show for their efforts as well, but they were still trying,... so hopefully things picked up.

Four Springs Report 13/4/2012

Jim and I headed out to Four Springs Lake on Friday, arriving there just before lunchtime.
It looked promising with a bit of chop on the water, but there were only a couple of boats on the lake and they said they weren’t catching anything.

Four Springs Report 3/4/2012

As stated in my previous Four Springs Report, I headed back to Foursey's today with the fly rod.
Hopes were high that I would be in for a good day as we had plenty of cloud cover and humidity to spark a hatch.

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.

Four Springs Blue Green Algae Update

Blue Green Algae no longer present at Four Springs Lake based on most recent sampling results. Meander Valley Council has taken down signage as of 8/2/12. Council will continue monitoring over the next few weeks.

Four springs Report 01/11/2011

We fished Four Springs for a couple of hours this afternoon, wind was a pain in the bum, coming in from all directions.
Hardly any Duns on the water, 4 cars in the car park and balls of algae are starting to appear throughout the lake, especially at the southern end.

Four Springs 14/10/2011

President John Dekkers and myself headed out to Four Springs this morning armed with fly rods and (in my case) "limited ability" as usual.!!
We decided against getting up early,... instead choosing gentlemen's hours to attack our fishy friends.

Four Springs August 27 2011

Fished Four Springs yesterday for one, (a brown of around 3.5 pounds ) caught on a Woolly Bugger fly.
This morning I went out in "torrential  wind and rain" for one brown around 2.5 pounds caught on one of "Gaylord's" orange bead headed nymph patterns.

Four Springs 19th August 2011

We had a look at Four Springs lake this afternoon with Bailey. Its the first time I have fished here. Bailey has once before with Dale & Trev Howard. It certainly is popular. We arrived at 3.30pm and there would have been a dozen or more trailers and a few bank anglers there. We fished from the shore south of the boat ramp.

Four Springs 14th August 2011

Had to drop my eldest daughter (Demi)  off at her job in Kingsmeadows at 6am this morning, so I thought, "as long as I am up, I may as well throw the car topper on the roof of the Navara and head out to Fourseys for a couple of hours."

Four Springs 9th Aug 2011

Sorry for the lateness of this report but we have had computer troubles.......all fixed now it seems. Went out to Four Springs on Tuesday, I was lucky enough to catch my bag and Virginia caught two, so we are on the board for the new season.
All caught on soft plastics, nothing huge, all around the 2.5 pound mark, but good fish all the same.

Four Springs 2011-08-08

Fished Four Springs today. The first hour without rain and a slight breeze and the next three hours in heavy rain. Victor landed three nice browns around three lb mark. He also put two back and got broken off.

Four Springs Easter 2011

by Rose and Vic. I hope everyone has had a great Easter. We are busy getting ready for Agfest so not much fishing, almost withdrawal symptoms.
So yesterday we went to Four Springs it had a little chop on the water and was overcast. Victor chucked the plastics around and managed to get a couple of nice browns.  I of course fly fished and caught a beautiful rainbow, fat and lush.

Four Springs April 1st 2011

As this trout season rapidly draws to a close for us, Johnny Dekkers and myself decided to have what could well be described as  a “final fling” with the fly rods at Four Springs this morning.

Four Springs Christens the New Boat

A 4lb Rainbow Trout caught by our Grand Daughter Jemma at Four Springs Lake near Westbury on Monday. Jemma christened the new boat at Four Springs today...couldn't get the grin off her face all day. Black and Gold Hawk Chunk was the lure of choice again.
Regards, Richard

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Four Springs Report March 12th 2011 

Presidents Jim and Virginia McKenna gave us a ring this morning inviting my son (Jacob) and I to Four Springs this afternoon for a couple of hours using soft plastics.
We arrived around 3 o’clock just as some anglers were getting off the water, they told us that the rainbows had been on top for most of the day and had three each to show for their efforts.. These were caught on caught on both fly and plastics.

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