Big day from any an­gle

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - with Adam Rice

IT has been a long three­month wait and con­di­tions are look­ing great for the start to the 2017-18 brown trout fish­ing sea­son this Satur­day.

It’s an ex­cit­ing time for a lot of peo­ple, and alarms will be set to go off well be­fore dawn, though most won’t sleep a wink.

The fore­cast is for set­tled, though cold weather, which will give ev­ery­one the chance to fish where they want, whether it be up in the Cen­tral High­lands or in one of our many rivers and streams.

Wa­ters stocked by the In­land Fish­eries Ser­vice dur­ing the off sea­son, such as Tooms Lake, Lake Leake, Pen­stock Lagoon and Lake Cres­cent, should fish well, with trout look­ing to feed on na­tive Galaxia pop­u­la­tions.

Woods Lake, Arthurs Lake, Great Lake, Lake Echo, Bronte Lagoon, Bin­ney and Bradys lakes, Tun­gati­nah/Way­ati­nah Lagoon, Lake Re­pulse and Cluny Lagoon are also worth a look.

The tidal in­flu­enced estuaries of the Der­went and Huon rivers are al­ways pop­u­lar and some good num­bers of res­i­dent and sea run trout are mov­ing.

In the River Der­went, the Old Beach, Clare­mont, Gran­ton and Bridge­wa­ter ar­eas will of­fer some good trout right from the start of the sea­son.

Dows­ings Point, Ma­sons Point, The Lime Kilns, Mur­phys Drain, Green Is­land, Sorell Creek, Norske Skog and Lach­lan Creek are also likely ar­eas to tar­get.

Bait fish­ing with sandies, worms and wat­tle grubs, trolling co­bra-styled lures through the deeper chan­nels or drift spin­ning hard bod­ied min­nows and soft plas­tic lures from a boat or shore should get at­ten­tion when fish­ing a chang­ing tide.

Ar­eas from New Nor­folk to Bushy Park should also fish well, and trib­u­taries like the Tyenna, Styx and Plenty rivers should be con­sid­ered.

The Huon River from the town cen­tre down through Franklin to Port Huon of­fers great res­i­dent and sea-run trout fish­ing, as does its trib­u­taries such as the Lit­tle Deni­son, Rus­sel, Moun­tain and Weld rivers. MAKE sure you check the new 2017-18 IFS an­gling code for changes in re­la­tion to some bag lim­its, sizes and fish­ing times at some of your favourite fish­eries. Rain­bow trout wa­ters will open on the first Satur­day in Oc­to­ber. THE New Nor­folk Li­censed An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion NLAA is start­ing the new sea­son with an “Open Wa­ters”com­pe­ti­tion this Satur­day and Sun­day.

The weigh-in for the com­pe­ti­tion is on Sun­day at the Ro­tunda on the New Nor­folk Es­planade be­tween 4pm and 4.30pm.

A bar­be­cue and re­fresh­ments are avail­able.

Re­mem­ber the new length com­pe­ti­tion and the re­quire- ments on tak­ing a pic­ture of the fish and record­ing its length, with the date and time on a brag mat or sim­i­lar.

This is mainly for mem­bers who want to re­lease trout and mea­sur­ing op­tions will also be pro­vided at weigh-ins for those want­ing to keep trout.

The re­sults along with other per­for­mances dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion through­out the sea­son will de­ter­mine the over­all most con­sis­tent win­ner for Se­niors and Ju­niors at the end of the sea­son.

Thanks to Dar­ren Hay from B-Blades Tas­ma­nia for mak­ing and do­nat­ing a knife and sheath for the Se­nior sec­tion of the club’s con­sis­tency com­pe­ti­tion.

For a chance to win this great prize it’s im­por­tant to fish as many club com­pe­ti­tions as pos­si­ble to ac­cu­mu­late points, which are added up at the end of the sea­son.

Dar­ren and some oth­ers have kindly of­fered sup­port to the NNLAA which is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and I will re­veal more on this in the com­ing weeks as we push to­wards the pop­u­lar Der­went River In­ter Club Chal­lenge on Au­gust 26 and 27. BE sure to watch Fish­ing Aus­tralia on WIN tele­vi­sion over the next two week­ends be­cause two episodes filmed on the Tyenna River will go to air. SEND your fish­ing re­ports, tips and pics to val­ley­fishes @gmail.com and keep track of the Gazette fish­ing page on Face­book. GOOD luck to all head­ing out this week­end and I hope you all catch some nice trout. Rug up, stay safe and see in the new sea­son in style. Tight Lines un­til next week.

NOW THAT’ A KNIFE: The NNLAA Se­nior Con­sis­tency Tro­phy for the 2017-18 sea­son, made and do­nated by Dar­ren Hay from B-Blades Tas­ma­nia.

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