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.
Some wise words written below fellow Presidents, luckily it has a happy ending. Thanks President Mick for the timely reminder as the warmer weather approaches.
I haven’t had many chances to get a lot of fishing in this year, but on Friday (after looking out the window all day at the glorious weather) I jumped in the car after work, packed in my fly rod and went for a look on the Macquarie near Cressy.
Bailey and I fished the Sth.Esk river for a couple of hours this afternoon, we were supposed to have a fish with Dale and Trev today, but looking at last night’s weather forecast for state-wide rain, I canned it for Bailey and myself.
We had a look at St.Patricks river late this afternoon with Bailey, he was supposed to go fishing with Dale and Trev but Dale was a bit crook so that was the end of that.
Phil has been giving away a few of his secrets, so it was off to the South Esk for a couple of hours for Trev and I.
We caught 8 lovely fish in various sizes, all in the one location.
They where caught on YEP Red rascals clear Galaxid and rainbow ripper .
Had a fish out to the Sth Esk this morning with Bailey, got there at around 10.30am and finished at 1.30pm, had to get home to watch Grand final, just made it.
Anyway we had a fab morning catching 17 brownies, size was from 1lb to nearly 2lb.
Bails caught eleven on hard bodys and i got six on softies, black & gold yeps and berkleys.
Bailey and I headed out to the Macquarie river after work today, fished from 4.30 to 6.30pm. We haven't fished here for a couple of years, thought it might be worth a look now that it has a good flow of water again after a couple of years being effected by drought conditions.
We fished the Sth. Esk River on Sunday afternoon with Bailey and his mate Jack Seabourne.
Fished from 1.30pm and finished around 3.30pm, river running clear and dropped to good height now. We caught 14 fish on Dale’s black and gold flappers, lost a few including “one beauty” that would have been 4lb plus.
The fish caught, went from around 1lb to 2lb and were in really good condition, fish had been feeding on stick caddis.
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO
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The South Esk River is one of many contrasts, offering many challenges to the angler. Normally by this time of year I have made numerous visits to the river. This season, however, has been an exception due to the varying weather conditions.
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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 ...