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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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The Penstock 25/12/2011

A few days before Xmas I spent several most enjoyable days at the Penstock, mainly by myself,and as such had the luxury of deciding where and when to fish.
As we all know fishing at the “P” can either be full on or full off, there are days however when it is sometimes in between. Over the week I struck it all. Bright sky and windy being the main order of the day.
I did manage to say hello to one or two fish most days ,but as you know with a size limit of 420 there were few to get really acquainted with.
I did however have one special friend in a certain area ,with whom I struck up a special relationship, hooked him 4 times  to be broken off 3, and to have him straighten a hook on another occasion.
My last morning saw me say “hi” to him again, but sadly the meeting was all too brief.
I have had a report from a friend that this fish may have since been caught and reputed to have been around the 7/8 lb mark. My hope that it was not killed, but it may be a forlorn hope.
One consolation is that via a very good friend I was given the task of caretaking a very nice bottle of single malt whiskey, and I’m afraid to report I failed that task dismally. Ar well. that's fishing.
Happy New Year to all my fellow Presidents, and tight lines
Pres., Reg Travers
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