by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.
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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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Sea-run trout fishing this year got off to a cracking start in most areas, with the majority of anglers employing nearly every trout fishing technique to secure fish in local estuaries statewide.
Even those anglers fishing the "off-season" lower down in our estuaries for sea-trout commented on the number of fish moving in early August.