Experts’ hot spots
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.
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