Ex­perts’ hot spots

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

EX­CITE­MENT is build­ing for the start of the 2018-19 Tas­ma­nian brown trout fish­ing sea­son on Satur­day morn­ing.

The ques­tion on most peo­ple’s minds is where are the best fish­ing spots to go on open­ing week­end and early in the sea­son.

Dur­ing the week I ap­proached a few ex­pe­ri­enced an­glers for their top five hot spots which might help make your de­ci­sion eas­ier. JUSTIN CAUSBY Tas­ma­nian Devil Lures 1. Der­went River — lure cast­ing in the lower reaches from the Lime Kilns through to Bridge­wa­ter and the Jor­dan River. 2. Huon River at night us­ing bait and soft plas­tics through to the bridge. 3. Tyenna River for a chance of an early sea­son tro­phy trout. 4. Lake King William be­cause it has a lot of trout and it will fish well early with high wa­ter lev­els. 5. Lake Leake — good con­di­tioned brown and rainbow trout are on of­fer with lure cast­ing and drift spin­ning the best op­tion. JAMIE HAR­RIS Tas­ma­nian Shi­mano re­sen­ta­tive 1. Tal­bots La­goon — one of Tas­ma­nia’s most con­sis­tent wa­ters for fish­ing fly, hard bod­ies or plas­tics, ei­ther wad­ing the shore or fish­ing from a kayak. 2. Lake Cres­cent — slowly worked hard bod­ies or plas­tics in blacks or bright colours work best, with a fly drop­per a must for the dou­ble chance. 3. Clarence La­goon — brook trout love the early sea­son cold weather and the la­goon has fished well the past cou­ple of sea­sons. 4. West Coast power sta­tions — deep run­ning hard bod­ies or heavy jig heads and plas­tics are your best bet along with some stronger than av­er­age tackle to put the brakes on big fish. 5. South Riana Dam — three­inch min­now-style soft plas­tics fished on 1/8th or 1/6th jig heads are dy­na­mite on the deeper shores, or try hard bod­ies where it’s shal­lower. rep- LAU­RIE HAR­RI­SON New Nor­folk Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent 1. Der­went River around Norske Skog, Sorell Creek, Pa­trol Mans Cot­tage, Lime Kilns and the mouth of the Jor­dan River. 2. Bronte La­goon. 3. Bradys Lake. 4. Arthurs Lake 5. Tooms Lake. Use bait fish pro­filed soft plas­tics and hard bod­ies in all wa­ters men­tioned — but also don’t go past the mighty Tassie Dev­ils. ADAM HILL William’s Out­doors/Fish­er­mans Shed 1. Der­went River good old searun­ners. 2. Craig­bourne Dam with its re­cent stock­ing and low al­ti­tude. 3. Pen­stock La­goon, es­pe­cially for the fly en­thu­si­asts. chas­ing 4. Lake Leake land. 5. Great Lake and the mouth of Todd’s Cor­ner. around the is- THE New Nor­folk Li­censed An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion’s first com­pe­ti­tion of the 2018-19 sea­son starts on Satur­day morn­ing at 12am on the Der­went River.

The Der­went is al­ways a stand­out trout fish­ery through the first four months of a sea­son and the club takes ad­van­tage run­ning its first four com­pe­ti­tions on its own “home” wa­ter.

The com­pe­ti­tion fin­ishes Sun­day with a weigh-in and bar­be­cue at the ro­tunda on the Esplanade from 4pm-4.40pm.

Fish­ing bound­aries are from the Lawitta Pump Sta­tion through to the Tas­man Bridge.

Choose wisely in re­gards to where you fish and what fish you keep, with a new daily river bag limit of five fish.

As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber­ships are avail­able at William’s Out­doors, by con­tact­ing the club com­mit­tee or by com­ing to com­pe­ti­tion weigh-ins. LAU­RIE Har­ri­son is the new New Nor­folk Li­censed An­gling As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent af­ter Paul Ful­ton stepped down at the re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Of­fice hold­ers re­main the same as last sea­son, with vi­cepres­i­dent Tony Raspin, trea­surer Wayne Mar­shall, sec­re­tary Adam Rice and pa­tron David Trif­fitt.

Bren­don and Corey Kele­her join the ex­pe­ri­enced com­mit­tee of Bar­bara Mor­ley, Mavis Rus­sell, Paul Ful­ton and Tim Lowe with a cou­ple more yet to be con­firmed.

Good luck for open­ing week­end.

Tight lines un­til next week.

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

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