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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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Have you tried whitebait fishing?
(Article from https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/the-2017-whitebait-season-opens-sunday-1-october )
With favourable conditions, this season is looking like a great whitebait season.
The 2017 whitebait season opens for fishing this Sunday - October 1 and remains open till Saturday 11 November 2017.

This season the following waters will be open:

Black River
Brid River
Don River
Duck River (except 50 m above or below the weir)
Henty River
Huon River
Inglis River
Little Forester River
Pieman River
River Derwent
River Forth
River Leven
kanamaluka/River Tamar (including Trevallyn Tailrace), and
Rubicon River (except 50 m above or below the weir)
The daily catch limit 2 kg but the total season catch limit is 10 kg and the maximum possession limit is 10 kg.

Whitebait can only be taken between the hours from sunrise to sunset.

To fish for whitebait you must purchase a whitebait season licence* which cost $31.00 and can be bought online by clicking the "Pay Now" button (located on the left side of this email), at Service Tasmania shops or selected tackle stores.

*Children 10 years and over must have a licence to fish for whitebait. Children under 10 are not permitted to fish for whitebait.

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