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Sea runners - Early Season Excitement - Christopher Bassano

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.

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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.

This season the following waters will be open:

Black River
Brid River
Don River
Duck River (except 50 m above or below the weir)
Henty River
Huon River
Inglis River
Little Forester River
Pieman River
River Derwent
River Forth
River Leven
kanamaluka/River Tamar (including Trevallyn Tailrace), and
Rubicon River (except 50 m above or below the weir)
The daily catch limit 2 kg but the total season catch limit is 10 kg and the maximum possession limit is 10 kg.

Whitebait can only be taken between the hours from sunrise to sunset.

To fish for whitebait you must purchase a whitebait season licence* which cost $31.00 and can be bought online by clicking the "Pay Now" button (located on the left side of this email), at Service Tasmania shops or selected tackle stores.

*Children 10 years and over must have a licence to fish for whitebait. Children under 10 are not permitted to fish for whitebait.

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