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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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2012-2013 Sea Fishing Season News from DPIPWE

Time to renew your licence
A reminder to fishers to renew their licences for abalone, rock lobster, scallops, netting and set-lines ahead of the start of the new recreational sea fishing licensing year on Thursday, 1 November 2012.
Sea fishing licences are available from all Service Tasmania shops and on the internet at

Rock Lobster season opens on 3rd November
Rock lobster season opens on Saturday, 3 November this year.  Fishers can set their pots from 1.00pm the day before the season opens and pots may then be pulled after midnight.

Visit our website to remind yourself of rock lobster bag and possession limits and all you need to know about marking your gear and rock lobster regions.
Why not tackle recreational fisheries management?
DPIPWE is currently receiving expressions of interest for representatives on the Recreational Fisheries Advisory Committee.  The RecFAC meets 4-6 times a year to consider Tasmanian recreational fisheries management issues and provide advice to the Minister and the Department.  Individuals should be able to provide strategic input into management, research and educational planning for recreational sea fishing.  For more information contact Rod Pearn, DPIPWE Recreational Fisheries Section, ph: 6233 3523 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..     
Fishcare Training with flares
Fishcare Tasmania recently conducted a pre-fishing season statewide training session at the Marine Discovery Centre at Woodbridge.  Around 35 volunteers attended from around the state with 8 newbies also welcomed to the program.  Topics covered were fish biology, habitat and survival, a flare demonstration from MAST, recreational fishing survey results and a rules update for the new recreational season.  Read more here.

Check the Fishcare Calendar of Events to find out when the Fishcare volunteers will be attending a summer fishing event near you. 

More information?

call the Recreational Sea Fishing Line on (03) 6233 7042 or 1300 720 647;
email fishing.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or

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