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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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With Adrian Webb up our way for a few days, we decided to give the Elizabeth River a smashing session using the Mepps spinners. We arrived at the river at around about 2pm, where we got the gear out of the car, threw on the waders and started walking down the river. We walked a good 2.5km past the Weir, where we worked our way back up the river
The first 1.2km was unsuccessful, with only seeing 4 small trout that were easily spooked. Where I then swapped to a silver Aglia, and cast in to the faster running water where this little fish started playing up! First fish for the day, a nice little brown that was about 200grams. Back in the river he goes. We then walked through a heap of long grass, where Connor had caught a lovely brown that was about 340grams. A few photos and back in to the water he goes. In this time Adrian had caught a lovely brown around the 200gram mark as well. 

 

We then arrived back at the weir were we worked our way up to the bridge, where Connor and Adrian both caught lovely little brown around the 200grams once again, that were released. I then put in a mighty cast and landed in the bloody tree! Where Adrian comes up, puts in perfect cast, and hooked a lovely 500gram brown! Whilst I was getting the lure out of the tree, Connor landed the fish for Adrian. Where I get the camera out and take a photo, before it was released back in to the river.
We then walked our way up past the bridge, where we had a few more hits and follows before I get a hook up and land another little brown at around the 200gram mark again. Connor then has a lovely 1.5lb fish on, but drops it just as he went to land it. By now it was 5:30pm time to bush bash our way back to the “Trout Stalker 2”.

Samuel

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