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Sea run trout tactics – Craig Vertigan

Sea run trout tactics – Craig Vertigan

During the trout off-season I tend to spend a bit of time chasing bream, to continue getting a fishing fix, and spend time tying flies and dreaming about the trout season to come. It’s a time to spend doing tackle maintenance, stocking up on lures and dreaming up new challenges and goals for the trout season ahead. When the new season comes around I usually spend the first few months targeting sea runners. Sea run trout are simply brown trout that spend much of there lives out to sea and come in to the estuaries for spawning and to feed on whitebait and the other small endemic fishes that spawn in late winter through spring. Mixed in with the silvery sea runners you can also expect to catch resident fish that have the typical dark colours of a normal brown trout as well as atlantic salmon in some of our estuaries that are located near salmon farm pens. Living in Hobart it is quick and easy to do a trip on the Huon or Derwent and is a more comfortable proposition compared to a trip up to the highlands with snow and freezing winds to contend with.

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Coastal Catches 28/3/2013

The weather was very unkind to those fishing in the Pirtek Fishing Challenge last Sunday and conditions were nothing short of atrocious. The results will be announced on Saturday and we are all hoping that anglers from the North West Coast are among the prizes.
There is some good news coming out of the Eaglehawk Neck area because there were a few Bluefin caught last weekend including a 127kg Jumbo sized one. Everyone has their fingers crossed that it is going to be a good season and there will be plenty of fish about.

With Easter coming early again this year there will be plenty of anglers heading out for a fish particularly on Good Friday. The weather is looking OK and if you are heading to the East Coast it looks like the sun will be shining. The rain that we had last weekend has freshened everything up in the rivers and lakes and the fishing should fire up a bit more. Trout are usually looking for food at this time of year before they start spawning and autumn can be a really good for fishing.
If you want to have a fish locally over Easter there are a number of places that are easy to get to and will give you a good chance of catching a fish. The Inglis and Leven rivers are both easily accessible and good places to take the kids under supervision. The Mersey River at Devonport will be another popular option. The Pet Dam at Ridgley is worth a look as there have been some good fish around 2-3lb caught on Berkley Black and Gold T Tails recently.
Kevin Saward who is pictured below dropped in during the week and has offered some good tips for fishing out on the shelf on the east Coast. Electric Rod and Reel Combos are gaining popularity and to be successful Kev’s tips are to use rigs made from Fluorocarbon with fluorescent glow beads and tubing in conjunction with glow sticks. He subscribes to the old saying of “No light No Bite”. If you need any advice for offshore deep sea fishing check with your local tackle store.
The boat ramp at Huntsman Lake has now re-opened because the last lot of rain has filled the lake so that the water level is sufficiently high enough to launch a boat.
Frombergs Dam is open for junior anglers on Sunday and this is always a great day out for the kids. Start time is 10am through till 3pm.

 

Winner Photo Comp.
The winner of the February Photo Competition is Kiah House with a fantastic Snapper. Call into Tassie Tackle and Outdoor to collect your $50 Gift Voucher.

Photos.

 

Mathew Dixon and Daniel Moulder with a magnificent Striped Marlin that they caught at St. Helens recently.

 

Kevin Saward and Kevin Morse with a 26kg Harpuka that they caught on the East Coast using an electric reel.

Gadget of the week.

Dynamite Baits floating trout bait. We have had some good feedback for these baits so if you are heading to Frombergs on the weekend with the kids and you want to try something different that will help you catch fish give this a go. $9.95 at Tassie tackle and Outdoor

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