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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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Leven River Report 19/10/2012

I had an appointment at Devonport planned today, so I organised a day off work, I also thought with all the rivers down that way, why wouldn't I take the boat? Naturally Trev came along for the ride , ..with the Leven our river of choice. With only a couple of hours to spare, we were hoping to snare a sea runner; hopefully I would be lucky this time, especially after Trevs effort last week.

We launched the boat at the Ulverstone boat ramp (very good ramp) and quickly headed upstream with a low incoming tide.
Almost immediately after putting the lures in the water the cocky salmon were onto them!
Following a bit of fun, we powered upstream to get away from the chaos and it wasn't long before the little browns started taking the lures.
This river is loaded with cocky salmon and small trout.
We didn't manage the monster sea runner we were seeking but what a great way to spend the afternoon exploring a spot I haven't fished before.
Back to work tomorrow, so that's it for the weekend.
Time to pick up my Trout Waters of Tasmania book by Greg French and see where we end up next week
Dale & Trev

 

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