How’s that for starters?
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.