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.Read more ...
Dale Howard, his son Trevor and myself went to Tooms today,
The weather was sensational, managed ten nice rainbows on Yep black n gold Flappers and Red Rascals.
We kept 5 and released 5.
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Back home, after a rather cool few days on Tooms one of the coldest nights on Tues.night don't know what it got down to, but there was plenty of ice around the shore in the morning.
The water temperature never rose above 6.1 c, nevertheless I managed 5 very nice browns and lost 1 along side and 1 due to poor net practice.
Most were caught drift spinning, with Dales Red Nut the main weapon of choice. Thanks Dale.
This coming weekend may well be nice weather, and with some good Westerly weather should help.
Myself, a mate, and one other camper were the only inhabitants in residence.
All the best to my fellow Presidents for the angling ahead.
Pres. Reg Travers
Friday afternoon went with daughter Kiri-Lee to Tooms Lake to meet up with Mick Barrett and his wife Shirley. The weather was cool and light occasional showers. Launched boat after breakfast Saturday and Mick caught first rainbow trolling back to campsite. Mick, Kiri-Lee and I then fished till lunchtime with me boating two rainbows. The afternoon was a little less productive with each of us hooking up but failing to land one until Mick hooked a nice brown, this being the only one landed for the session.
Here we are home again cleaning up gear and reflecting upon the President clubs latest outing.
Thursday morning saw 5 Presidents head to Tooms Lake early to ensure our usual camping spot, thank goodness they did as car after car came in on the Friday morning with the same idea. The shorelines soon turned into “little cities” of makeshift campers and tents.
I am back at work after two weeks holidays. Then spent one week catching up on all I needed to do at work. A mate of mine came over from western Australia which some of you might remember from fishing gear many years ago. We fished Tooms first.
Just this minute talking to Johnny who is staying at Tooms as we speak( in the Ross anglers shack) alongside Dan and Gary ...they went out for an hour this avo and caught three all around the three and a half pound mark, two caught on "Slim Jims " and the other on a mudeye pattern.
by Todd Lambert
Thursday 5th August
Left home around 11.am after hooking up with fellow Presidents Jim &
Upon arrival at Tooms a couple of hours later (had a couple of stops),
we soon found a great camping area near the dam wall and were
surprised to see only one other camp set up along the shoreline, but
many, many others already set up in the bushland behind us. Perhaps
they know something we don't?... we thought.
A few of my mates and myself decided to have one final fling before "Seasons end" , organizing a BBQ, casual day out and any fish we caught ....would be viewed as a bonus.
Where to go? Tooms Lake of course!!!!
Tooms lake has always been a very good, if underrated, water, but over the last six or seven years it has fished extraordinarily well and visitation has increased dramatically. Greg French profiles this remarkable fishery.
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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 ...