Presented from Issue 105, August 2013
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There are several things we look for in our early season trout waters. It is still winter and cold, so some of the things to consider are: Altitude as this dictates the water temperature and therefore feeding activity. Food for the fish. Availability of trout food is generally dictated by the quantity and quality of weed beds.
Quantity of fish.
Three waters which I believe fit all three requirements are:Read more ...
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I went to Penstock Friday night with Shippy we got six nice fish a browny would have been close to 6lb we didnt weigh it but took a pic and put it back brought home 3 fish . Went to Arthurs Saturday we caught 17 fish should have had about 40 with all the fish we missed on the water at 8.30 off by 2.30 had a great day
Regards, Derek - Click Read More for pictures
We were off to fish Penstock on Sunday headed up the mountain about 8 o'clock. We got to Cramps bay turn off Road Closed because of bush fires couldn't get through, so we took the long way.
Back down the mountain through Liffy to the A5 high way past Great Lake an extra one an half hours . Finally got to the shack at Flintstone to pick up my boat then back to Penstock about 11.30 . On the water fishing the dam end had a few cast Duns starting to show, we were pulling wets.
We headed up to Penstock for the weekend and was joined by Ross Frankcombe and arrived there on Friday around 10.15am. After a quick unpack, we were on the water fishing at noon. A light north easterly wind posed little problems and Ross hooked (and lost) a nice fish, five minutes into our first drift. We managed two for this session before the wind dropped out, along with any further interest from the fish.
Derek and I went to Penstock today for a three hour practice session. We managed to land eight fish keeping five and releasing the others. The fish were all in top nick, dropped a few as well, conditions weren’t that ideal, but still paid off with some fly changes and hard work.
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Went up to the Central Highlands as our normal opening weekend trip. We fished Woods Lake Saturday caught eight between us, (all on fly) as that’s the only way we fish for trout...was hard going. Weather was too good, plenty of flat water with bits of sun, also had others on that we dropped.
Sunday morning fished Penstock for two and a half hours for seven fish between us. There was a bit of wind around and patchy skys, headed back to shack for a feed, clean up and the drive home. We timed it nicely as it started to rain within half an hour of being back at the shack with snow falling as we left for home.
Had an RDO on Friday so thought I would take the opportunity to get one last fish in at the lakes before the season closes for the year. After heading the the shack at Arthur's Thursday night I had decided to fish penstock at first light in hope of some late season action in the shallows.
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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.Read more ...