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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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Best trouting prospects for October-November

by Greg French

For the Tasmanian trout fisher October - November is options time. With everything firing at once, you can give yourself ulcers just agonizing over where to fish. Let's run through the highlands:

Catch in the kitchen - Trout Ceviche

by Michael Bok

With the opening of the trout season just a breath away, much to the relief of many anglers. At last they will now have something practical to do with their spare time. I though I would look for some different ways of treating trout, rather than just cooking then in the traditional manner.

Find the flood waters and be rewarded

Bob Buell finds fishing the floodwaters of the South Esk River in his back yard very rewarding at the start of the season. He explains his methods initially with bait and later with fly.

Early trout fishing prospects

Greg French takes a look at where and when you can find a trout or two.

Where to find trout as the days grow colder

by Greg French

Trout fishing - as the season winds down most Tasmanian trout waters are closed to angling from the end of April, but there are a few which can be fished throughout May. Greg French explains what each has to offer:

Fishing in the city

I spotted a small fish rising to a hatch of snowflake caddis in the far side of the pool. My cast was only average but it did not take long for the fish's little eyes to light up and gobble down my caddis imitation. After a quick but lively fight I'd released my fourth trout for the evening.

Where was I? I was only ten minutes from the city of Launceston, in the middle of the Cataract Gorge, just down from the First Basin.

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