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 ...
Presented from Issue 96
For the avid fly fisherman, Four Springs Lake is a pretty good option in the warm weather. Close to Launceston and super convenient for that after work trip. But ask any lure fisherman what Four Springs fishes like in the summer and you will probably get a reply consisting of something like “…the weed is really bad – it’s not worth the trip.” I think the first part of this answer is totally correct. It is a well-known fact that underwater weed growth increases with warmer water temperatures. Casting lures becomes difficult and trolling is near impossible. Weed every cast – definitely not anyone’s cup of tea.
I met my friend John and his junior angler @ Foursey today, keen to break my recent “Trout drought”. By lunchtime Lachlan had landed one, John had dropped one, and I’d had just one hit but no hookup. My companions had to leave early afternoon, but I stayed on.
I had a look at Four Springs with Bailey today after school. It was only a small session, as we didnt have a great deal of time to fish. We did got a couple hours in though.
We managed a few nice browns caught on black and golds and Dales Yep KW Galaxia,dropped a few and missed a few others, but that's fishing, you dont catch them all.
I decided to have a day off work with Bailey and go fishing.
The mad Hungarian George Papp also came along,...he didn't want to work either .
So we left home around 9.30 am,got on the water at 10.30 am,dropped George off on the western shore,as he wanted to fly fish that shore line and Bailey and I drifted around the southern bay.
Put in a couple of hours in good conditions today , (unlike yesterday), anyway, had a good day wading the car park shore for a couple of brownies.
I saw a lot.
Caught both mine on trusty black and gold t.tails .
Tight lines all for the rest of the season,
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I returned to Four Springs again today for round 2. The curse left today thanks to Vic he told me to use a spin rod to start the day off and when I had caught a fish then I could use the fly rod.
It worked after casting my arm off landed a nice 3 1/2 LB. brown. I then reverted to the fly rod with the orange bead headed nymph and hooked up and all hell broke loose. Vic was running round the boat pulling drogues in and moving rods lifting motors while trying to reach the net.
Vic and I fished it today on our way home from the highlands
Vic got 5 fish, 1 browns of 3LB> and the other 4LB. 2 really nice rainbows and
a smaller brown. He also dropped 3 good fish.
We have decided to fish it again tomorrow.
Also can you let it be known who ever put the curse on me take it off now
that the season is closing as I would like to catch a couple of fish.
Regards Rose and Vic Muirhead
We headed off to Foursey's this morning with Johnny Dekkers, leaving home at 5am. Upon arrival, it started to rain and John suddenly realised he had forgot to bring a coat, being the stubborn old goat he is, he was determined to fish anyway. Luckily we managed to hunt up a red one from the boat, hence the bright colour in the picture.
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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.Read more ...