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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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Lake Meadowbank

Information from Hydro regarding Lake Meadowbank and the maintenance procedures due in March 2013.
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Lake Meadowbank in Winter

by Craig Vertigan
During the trout closed season one can get a bit edgy
to say the least. Especially if your footy team is not
worth watching on the TV!!! So for a sports fi shing
fi x there’s a couple of options: either fi nd some
bream in an estuary or go to one of the state’s trout
waters that are open all year round. For the southern
angler that means either Craigbourne Dam or Lake
Meadowbank.

Springtime Fishing at Meadowbank Lake

by Greg French
For the last few years the Inland Fisheries Commission has overseen the release of Atlantic salmon into Meadowbank Lake. These fish are surplus brood stock supplied free of charge by Saltas and they typically weigh 4.5 - 8 kg when liberated. Domestic salmon which have spent their entire lives in a hatchery environment tend not to feed well in the wild (though they readily attack lures and wet flies) and initially there was concern that the fish might be unwelcome, especially if they were not caught quickly and became slabby. Anyway a trial release of 120 fish was undertaken in mid July 1997 and most were subsequently landed before Christmas, almost all in good to fair condition. As a consequence of enthusiastic support from anglers a further 175 fish were released in July 1998, yet another 200 or so in July 1999 and the salmon liberation looks like becoming an annual event.

Springtime Fishing at Meadowbank Lake 

by Greg French

For the last few years the Inland Fisheries Commission has overseen the release of Atlantic salmon into Meadowbank Lake. These fish are surplus brood stock supplied free of charge by Saltas and they typically weigh 4.5 - 8 kg when liberated.

Millions of minute mayflies on Lake Meadowbank

Robert Gott explains how the minute caenid mayfly and Lake Meadowbank combine to create a special fishing experience.

Some years ago it was my good fortune to fish with a very colourful Irishman. This fellow was a highly skilled practitioner at the craft and passionate about his fishing in a way that only the Irish can be. I clearly remember two things about him. He was a master fly tier and his creations, minor works of art.

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