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Atlantic salmon the hard way

Atlantic salmon the hard way

Scott McDonald
The first Atlantic salmon eggs used to begin Tasmania's Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry were introduced into Tasmania in 1984. From these humble beginnings a valuable Tasmanian industry has evolved with a worldwide reputation for having a premium disease free product. This industry provides a spin off to all anglers in the form of regular escapes of salmon from the farms.

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Pioneer Lake 20/8/2012

On the 20th of August I woke up at 6:45am and realised that I had slept in for 20 minutes so I grabbed my gear and rushed over to the Pioneer Lake and set my rods out, I used 2 floats, both weighted with a red hook and a worm on each, 45 minutes later I saw my float start moving then it bobbed up and down then it took off across the surface then is stopped and went back under again.

Ten seconds later I struck and got this 42cm 2.1 pound rainbow trout, it was my smallest trout in 2 years but it put up the best fight I have ever had from a rainbow trout.

 

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