Trout fishing improves
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.
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