Trout fish­ing im­proves

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

TROUT fish­ing in the Der­went River con­tin­ues to im­prove with some good catches dur­ing the week.

Wa­ter con­di­tions are bet­ter and in turn trout are feed­ing more, with bait fish­ing and trolling the stand­out meth­ods.

Jamie Mad­dox, of New Nor­folk, caught a great 3.5kg cleaned male sea run­ner up past Hayes last week.

The big fish came to the sur­face after it was hooked and then went stupid, tan­gling it­self up in the line.

The trout was un­able to fight as it usu­ally would, be­ing tail wrapped, and when this hap­pens they can come in as a dead weight.

Big trout will of­ten “crocodile death roll” to try to free them­selves and if that doesn’t work they use their tails to try to knock out the hooks.

Both tac­tics can lead to trout wrap­ping them­selves up in the line and luck­ily for Mad­dox when he went to get the fish out of the net it had thrown the hook but was still wrapped up in the line.

Lure an­glers have also ben­e­fited over the past week in the clear­ing wa­ter and lo­cal James Tas­sell landed a great 2.8kg cleaned male sea run­ner troll- ing near the row­ing boards on Sun­day.

Tas­sell was fish­ing deep us­ing a lead line and caught the big healthy trout on a sil­ver and black hard-bod­ied lure.

Fish­ing in the Der­went will con­tinue to im­prove in the next few weeks as an­nual runs of bait fish like white­bait, galaxia and lam­prey eels con­tinue to en­ter the river to spawn.

Trout fish­ing in the Cen­tral High­lands is also im­prov­ing.

Woods Lake is still fish­ing well and Arthurs and Great Lake are also giv­ing up good bags of trout. Hard-bod­ied lures, soft plas­tics and wet flies are catch­ing fish and fo­cus­ing around struc­ture and weed beds will al­ways get in­ter­est.

Pen­stock, Lit­tle Pine and Bronte la­goons, Lake Leake, Lake Crescent, Lake Echo and Craig­bourne Dam are all fish­ing well.

Also keep in mind places like Cluny La­goon, Lake Re­pulse and Way­ati­nah La­goon.

In the salt wa­ter tasty south­ern cala­mari squid are start­ing to show up.

Squid are at­tracted to lights around jet­ties and piers, and when fish­ing from a boat fo­cus at­ten­tion around sea­grass beds or bro­ken bot­toms.

Squid and are best caught us­ing squid jigs that im­i­tate prawns, which is what they feed on the most — though they also eat fish like whit­ing, sal­mon, pike and couta.

Get into them be­fore south­east coastal wa­ters, in­clud­ing Great Oys­ter Bay and the Mer­cury Pas­sage, close from Oc­to­ber 15 to Novem­ber 14 to pro­tect squid while they spawn. A RE­MINDER for New Nor­folk Li­censed An­gling Club mem­bers that the next club com­pe­ti­tion is the Wayne Perkins Me­mo­rial Teams Event on the Der­went River from Septem­ber 21-23.

Send your fish­ing re­ports, tips and pic­tures to val­ley­fishes and keep track of the Der­went Val­ley Gazette Fish­ing page on Face­book.

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