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The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - With Adam Rice

ADRIAN Slater had an im­pres­sive start to the trout fish­ing sea­son, catch­ing a big buck brown trout weigh­ing 4.843kg, right, and an­other big male weigh­ing 3.279kg. For a full re­port on the open­ing week­end,

THE open­ing week­end of the trout fish­ing sea­son was one of the bet­ter starts to a new sea­son in re­cent years.

The weather held up, which al­lowed an­glers the chance to get out to their favourite fish­ing spots and most were able to open the ac­count and catch a trout or 10.

Lakes like Tooms, Woods, Bradys, Leake and Bronte/ Pen­stock La­goon were pop­u­lar, with re­cent stocked trout at­tract­ing in­ter­est from a lot of an­glers.

Good bags came from most, with a healthy mix of big and small brown and rain­bow trout weigh­ing up to 1.5kg tak­ing bait lure and fly.

Re­ports from Lake Cres­cent were quiet, though I did see one big fish caught that weighed about 4.3kg.

On open­ing morn­ing Ty­rone Fyfe caught a nice searun­ner weigh­ing 3kg on a sil­ver wob­bler in the lower reaches of the River Derwent and Jamie Rain­bird also caught a 2.5kg brown trout near Hayes us­ing an Eco­gear hard body deep div­ing lure.

Other Derwent an­glers re­ported catch­ing good con­di­tioned sea run­ners weigh­ing be­tween 700g to 1.6kg from Clare­mont through to New Nor­folk and they had all been feed­ing on small bait fish and eels.

The smaller rivers and streams fished slightly less suc­cess­fully, with water lev­els drop­ping and clear­ing just be­fore the start of the sea­son. The smaller trib­u­taries off most ma­jor es­tu­ary rivers will fish in­creas­ingly well in com­ing weeks, with white­bait al­ready present in the deeper chan­nels of the Derwent and Huon.

The New Nor­folk Li­censed Angling As­so­ci­a­tion kicked off the sea­son with an open wa­ters com­pe­ti­tion and some great fish were caught from club mem­bers — 84 trout were weighed in with a hefty to­tal weight of 55.914kg and an av­er­age weight of 0.665g. Ju­niors and brother and sis­ter Sam and Jessie Glowacki both won brag­ging rights with a trout weigh­ing clos­est to this weight.

Adrian Slater had an awe­some start to the sea­son, win­ning the heav­i­est fish for the Se­niors with a big buck brown trout weigh­ing 4.843kg.

He also man­aged to catch an­other big male trout weigh­ing 3.279kg and also caught a nice At­lantic salmon over 3kg.

Adrian also won the award for the long­est length of five trout with a to­tal of 279cm.

Corey Kele­her won the heav­i­est fish for the ju­niors with a nice sea run­ner from the Derwent weigh­ing 1.695kg.

Wayne Mar­shall caught a nice At­lantic salmon weigh­ing 2.278kg and Ben Lee had a good week­end catch­ing some nice con­di­tioned trout with the best be­ing a cracker at 2.847kg.

I could claim catch­ing the first trout in Tas­ma­nia for the 2017-18 sea­son with my big­gest fish of the week­end caught sec­ond cast at two min­utes past mid­night on open­ing morn­ing.

Bar any re­ally bad weather the Derwent will con­tinue to fish well, which will be great for the Derwent River Chal­lenge on Au­gust 26 and 27.

Tip of the week — Take all rub­bish home and leave your fish­ing spot as you found it. If you do the wrong thing, ex­pect big con­se­quences if caught.

Send your fish­ing re­ports, pic­tures and tips to val­ley­fishes @gmail.com and keep track of the Gazette fish­ing page on Face­book.

Tight lines un­til next week.

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