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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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  • Lower East Coast Zone will open Saturday 16 December 2017
  • Results from rock lobster sampled from the Lower East Coast Zone indicate paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) levels are below the regulatory limit.
    The Lower East Coast Zone will open for Recreational and Commercial fishers:

for setting rock lobster pots from 17:00 on Friday, 15 December 2017; and

for rock lobster fishing and taking of rock lobster from 00:01 a.m. on Saturday 16 December 2017.

  • THE CENTRAL EAST ZONE AND THE MARIA ISLAND BIOTOXIN ZONES REMAIN CLOSED.

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Buying Christmas crays?
If you're buying rock lobster (known locally as crayfish) for Christmas this year, make sure it was caught by a commercial fisher. You can recognise legally marketed lobster by the coloured tag with the Tas Govt logo and serial number attached to its antennal horn. You should also be offered a receipt by the seller.
The lobster should not be tail-clipped as this indicates it was recreationally caught.

commercial cray

Remember it is illegal to sell, buy, barter or raffle recreationally caught fish. Both the seller and the purchaser are liable for prosecution.
If you are offered a “deal” please contact Fishwatch on 0427 655 557 with the details.


Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
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