I had a quick trip over to Merseylea in what was cool, windy and wet conditions. When I checked the river levels online I thought the Mersey river would be low enough for a good wading session but when I arrived I could see it was a little higher that I expected. We had some heavy rain during the morning and I doubt that was enough to raise the water level. Any way I sat in the car and waited for around twenty minutes while a heavy rain shower passed over before I hit the river. There certainly was some water coming down so I was making sure I stayed in water no higher than my knees most times.
Well the weather this morning was no where near what was originally forecast, there wasn't any wind and now the rain isn't supposed to get here until late afternoon. I headed back to the Wilmot River seeing as the Mersey River is still on the high side and not safe enough to wade at the moment. The Wilmot River was running at the same level as it was on my last trip here over a week ago which was good to see. Today I decided on using the Daiwa ghost gill brown hard body lure as that's what got the trout going on the last spin session here. But that was a week ago and a lot can change in a week with the trout fishing, even more so in the rivers.
The first stretch of water fished was a wide slow flowing run and I had a follow from a decent size brown within the first few casts. That brown did show some interest in the lure but not enough to attack it, no matter what I tried. It wasn't until I was getting close to the top end of this stretch of water when I had my first take on the hard body. It was a well conditioned rainbow, this was the same start I had on my last trip here. The first fish that day was also a rainbow trout, this one was a little smaller than last weeks fish. Twenty meters further on I picked up a medium size brown from a bubble line close to the river bank, this fish was taken close to where I caught the rainbow last week. With two trout caught in quick time I'm thinking it's going to be a good session with quite a few trout being led into the landing net by the time I call it a day.
The next small fast water I flicked the lure into I was soon onto another nice brown, that fish tossed the lure on the second head shake. It was quiet over the following run but the next one gave up a solid brown that fought all the way into the net. I was on a high now and feeling pretty cocky that these trout are in for a hammering today.. How wrong I was, it went dead from here on with not a sign of a trout for over forty minutes as I worked my way upstream. It wasn't until I came to a long medium to fast water run when I hooked another brown, that one stayed on until I went to slip the net under it when it gave one more head shake and tossed the lure. Yes, I did have a little tantrum before moving on and continued fishing.. The strong winds that was earlier forecast finally arrived and it was really gusting now so I decided I would fish one more small fast water run ahead of me then call it a day. Good decision it was too because it was this piece of water that gave up the fish of the day. This solid brown took the ghost brown on the first cast and retrieve. It certainly gave me a run for my money too as it did everything to try and toss the lure. It made at least five of six leaps from the river and at the same time putting in some massive head shakes. I keep saying, “Stay on big fella, just stay on” and he did. After what seemed like five minutes but was only one & a half this fish was finally in the net. It was certainly a beautiful wild brown in the best of condition and colour and went 620 grams. A nice finish to what was really a short session, one that was also a bit of a let down after such a good start.. Still that's trout fishing isn't it and that's what it's all about, taking the good with the bad.
620 gram brown caught here
Best trout of the day
Brown taken here
Calm conditions on the river
Ready for release
The Inland Fisheries Service is working with Anglers Alliance Tasmania, Sea Fisheries and Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation on the National Gone Fishing Day which will be held on Sunday 15 October 2017.
An angling licence will not be required to fish in inland waters in Tasmania so is a great opportunity to grab a friend and try trout fishing. There will also be a number of junior angling venues coordinated by through angling clubs that will give kids a great chance to catch a fish. Sea Fisheries will also be coordinating events around the coast.
Gone Fishing Day is an initiative that was created to encourage people to get outdoors, drop a line, enjoy time with family and friends by or on the water, and hopefully catch a fish or two.
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The IFS have received a number of queries about new fishing lures on the market that display lights and vibrate to attract fish. Tasmanian Inland Waters are recreationally governed by the Inland Fisheries Act 1995 and Inland Fisheries (Recreational Fishing) Regulations 2009. The regulations, at 24(8) state:
'A person at any inland waters must not have possession of a device of an electric, electronic, sonic or ultrasonic nature that is capable of being used for the purpose of attracting or influencing the movement of fish.
Penalty: Fine of not less than 1 penalty unit and not more than 5 penalty units'.
Currently, a penalty unit is valued at $159.00.
Regardless of any claims made in advertising a product, we advise that these types of lures do not comply with our regulations
There have been a few issues with the campsites over the years -- now is your chance for direct input to Hydro . You may like to consider in your response the bigger picture of facilities generally on the Central Highlands.
Hydro Tasmania’s Arthurs Lake campgrounds survey has now been launched. See below for the prologue details and the survey link to be distributed by AAT as per discussion in previous emails.
The conditions this morning looked okay with a maximum of 14 degrees, mainly overcast and a light North Westerly breeze with a change late this afternoon.. Given that we haven't had rain for a couple of days I thought a trip to a tannin waters of a small stream in the upper reaches of the Mersey River was worth a go.
Have you tried whitebait fishing?
(Article from https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/the-2017-whitebait-season-opens-sunday-1-october )
With favourable conditions, this season is looking like a great whitebait season.
The 2017 whitebait season opens for fishing this Sunday - October 1 and remains open till Saturday 11 November 2017.
Recreational rock lobster season opening dates for 2017 are now confirmed.
Western Region - opens on Saturday 4th November.
Eastern Region - opens on Saturday 18th November.
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