Cold snap brings tough times

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

TROUT fish­ing in the Derwent has been a bit tough in the past week af­ter what was a bet­ter than av­er­age open­ing week­end.

Another cold snap has the river run­ning fresh and high on top of last week’s 1.6m king tides.

Res­i­dent and sea-run trout up to 2kg have been caught on both lures and baits, and those fish that were kept had been feed­ing on a mix of worms, grubs, crabs, lam­preys, elvers, sandies and gud­geon.

Smaller rivers like the Styx, Tyenna and Plenty pro­vide good lure fish­ing when wa­ter lev­els are high, as do sim­i­lar trib­u­taries on the Huon River like the Weld, Lit­tle Den­ni­son and Rus­sell Rivers.

From word they have all been quiet early but don’t be put off by that or mi­nor flood­ing.

Smart big preda­tory fish can han­dle fast, dirty flow and they know vul­ner­a­ble smaller fish can’t.

To in­crease your chances of catch­ing any­thing in these con­di­tions what you use needs to be fished near the bot­tom for as long as pos­si­ble. You will get a few snags but one day a snag will turn out to ac­tu­ally be a big fish.

Use deep div­ing hard bod­ies or dif­fer­ent sized min­now, rib­bon or shad tailed soft plas­tics on heavy weighted jig heads.

Weights to use vary from an eighth of an ounce to three eighths of an ounce de­pend­ing on depth and flow in the area you are fish­ing.

Catches else­where have also been patchy but from re­ports Tooms Lake, Lake Leake, Craigbourne Dam, Wood’s Lake, Bradys Lake and Penstock Lagoon are the pick of the bunch.

THE New Nor­folk Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion is run­ning the In­ter­club Derwent River Chal­lenge from Au­gust 24-26.

Hope­fully the river con­di­tion will have im­proved and fish­ing will be great for the com­pet­ing South­ern Tas­ma­nian Li­censed Angling As­so­ci­a­tion clubs. The chal­lenge win­ner is de­cided by the heav­i­est com­bined weight of five trout.

The NNLAA is lucky to have a lot of great spon­sors with some good prizes to win.

To en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion you need to be a STLAA mem­ber and sep­a­rate en­try fees need to be paid be­fore you weigh in any fish.

Chal­lenge en­try fees are $10 for adults and $5 for ju­niors. I will de­tail the event more in next weeks re­port.

THE Rise Fly Fish­ing Fes­ti­val is the world’s most ex­ten­sive fish­ing film ex­hi­bi­tion. There is a one-off screen­ing of this year’s movie at Vil­lage Cin­e­mas at East­lands on Thurs­day from 7-9pm.

Tight lines un­til next week.

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