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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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Tamar Report May 15th 2010

Went out again last night as conditions were perfect and we knew it would be a while before we struck the tides and everything "just right" like it is at the moment. We also had to factor in that I had couple of children wanting to go urgently after the previous night with Dale where we scored a few and they were left at home.

So after talking to my old mate,  Jim "Bogo" Mckenna", he suggested a spot  where "they used to get a feed" at Beauty point. We thought we would head there under his watchful eye.

The night was to be viewed as a bit of a reconnaissance mission, although "as a bonus" and as you can see, we still managed a feed. The kids also missed a few with the spears much to my young blokes disgust .....but no one really cared.

The evening was warm, we saw small schools of large trevally (similar in size to what you would catch at St Helens), mullet, flathead, skate, an eel, BIG GARFISH and wait for it and "no I wasn't drinking" ...something that appeared to be a sea snake.!!!!

Describing it,  I would say it was between 2 to 3 foot long, 20 mm wide and could be best described as a huge earth worm going through the water..... so work that one out?... didn't even know they were in there!!!

Anyway, we were back home by 10 pm having a cuppa and yes, the kids laid their ears back to a nice feed of fresh flounder that dad cooked up for them for breakfast.

You've gotta love Tassie don't ya!!...

by Todd Lambert


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