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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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Copper black fury catches another brownGreat day with twenty five trout caught 4-2-2016

I had intended having a 6.00am start on the river this morning but I didn't hit the river until 10.00am for some reason. Had a bit of trouble getting the body to loosen up today was half of the problem. With the sun high and full on the water I wasn't sure if the trout would be on the take in these conditions. Well they were on, with the very first cast I had a small brown take the copper black fury. Two casts later in the same run I had another small brown in hand. The sun on the water isn't going to be a problem at all by the looks of it. The next three stretches of river all gave up 6 fish ranging in size from 240gms up to 360gms. I had also hooked and lost four others in those runs too, so with eight caught from 12 hook ups I was still pretty satisfied with the fishing so far.

Solid 520gm brown trout.

Solid 520 Brown Trout

The further I worked my way upstream the better the fishing became, there was no stopping them at all this morning. These browns were just so full of aggression, I was stoked too.. With the rivers being so low for so long and then with the 190mms of rain we had here a week ago it's just what was needed. The shallow fast waters were holding not just one fish but sometimes up to three trout. I could see them pushing and bumping one another to get at the little copper black fury as I worked it down through the fast water. Two of the browns that I caught and released in the fast water went 520ms & 490gms and were only in four inches of water. I had been in the river for just on two hours when I decided to call it a day. A good one it was too because in the two hours of spin fishing this little river I had caught and released 25 browns from 32 hook ups. I could have fished on but I thought I leave the next stretch of river for another day.. Today's catch takes my season tally over the 450 mark (457) too which is good.


Copper black fury catches another brown

Copper black fury catches another brown

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