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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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Leven River - 30/11/11

With humid conditions I was undecided where to fish today, so tossed a coin heads will go to the Leven River and tails to the Meander River. Heads it was. On arriving at the Leven my usual area I fish was flowing very fast and having to cross it there was too risky, so I moved further upstream to another of my favourite fishing zones.

The river here is mainly fast water but it was wade-able and I could also get to the other side where the river has more access. Using a Mepps #0 Black Fury gold with black face and yellow dots I managed 3 nice plump little browns ( 320gms) in the first 20m of river, a great start to the day. Into the next section of river and 2 hook-ups for one small brown ( 210gms) and a few hit and misses to go with it.
The section of river ahead had quite a few long deep sections in it and was the colour of black coffee from the weekends rain, so fished the full length of these sections to no avail, not a touch. I tried several different types and colours and still nothing until the next stretch of fast water where I finally hooked 7 browns but only landed 2 of these, not a good strike rate I know. I caught one more small brown in the next run of river and then called it a day after fishing around 2 kms of river. This was not one of my better days, but still good to be on the river and catch a few in tough conditions.

 

 

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