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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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2017 10 17 Medium size river brownI 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.

The North Westerly wind was pretty strong which was making casting a bit on the tough side. I started off with a #0 Mepps gold bladed black fury and used the cast and drift method in the first long fast flowing stretch of river before changing over to a Rapala gold/black F3 hard body lure. It took around fifteen minutes before I finally had my first take on the lure, it was a nice well conditioned rainbow that went 490 grams. A quick photo and it was back in the river and on its way. Three casts later I picked up a small 230 gram brown and that was it once the wind picked up and so did the rain. I did fish on for another twenty minutes before I called it a day as it was just too windy and uncomfortable for fishing on any longer. Both fish were released as always..

Adrian Webb


 Mersey River and cattle crossing bridge

2017 10 17 Mersey River and cattle crossing bridge

 

Mersey River and dull weather conditions

2017 10 17 Mersey River and dull weather conditions

 

Mersey River wild bow

2017 10 17 Mersey River wild bow

 

Mersey still running a little high

2017 10 17 Mersey still running a little high

 

Medium size river brown

2017 10 17 Medium size river brown

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