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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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The pest fish species, Redfin perch are present in the Mersey River

To work out how widely Redfin are spread in the Mersey River, its inflowing creeks and farm dams we need YOUR help.

Over the coming months if you catch a Redfin perch in the Mersey River or its catchment, please, can you:

  • Note
  • the location (GPS would be great),
  • date
  • time
  • take a photo or keep the fish
  • contact our local Fisheries Officer, Paul Middleton on 0427 988 728 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This information will help us to see what we can do about this pest.

For a copy of the flyer to please send to anyone you know who fishes in the Mersey catchment please click here.

Thank you, from the Inland Fisheries Service

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