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Sea runners - Early Season Excitement - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.

The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.

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South Esk River 11/9/2011

We fished the Sth. Esk River on Sunday afternoon with Bailey and his mate Jack Seabourne.
Fished from 1.30pm and finished around 3.30pm, river running clear and dropped to good height now. We caught 14 fish on Dale’s black and gold flappers, lost a few including “one beauty” that would have been 4lb plus.
The fish caught, went from around 1lb to 2lb and were in really good condition, fish had been feeding on stick caddis.

CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO
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