Bounty from the sea

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

TROUT fish­ing in the Der­went River con­tin­ues to im­prove and sea run­ners are well and truly mak­ing their pres­ence felt.

White­bait will be on the move shortly and so will other bait fish like galaxia/gud­geon as they start to spawn.

With so much food around for trout to eat fish­ing can be awe­some but it can also make it hard to hook up.

This can hap­pen be­cause there is so much food about it can be hard to tempt trout into tak­ing what we are us­ing.

This is also why fish­ing just be­fore and dur­ing the first runs of bait is prime time. Bait fish time their runs to­gether. If the trout are ready and al­ready mov­ing through in an­tic­i­pa­tion but the bait isn’t there, it means we can catch more.

As an ex­am­ple I caught and re­leased more than 50 trout last week — mostly sea run­ners — and I am yet to see much in the way of white­bait or galaxia.

Bait an­glers fish­ing in the tidal reaches are catch­ing some solid sea run­ners with fish feed­ing heav­ily on sandies. This is be­cause they are avail­able in the river all year round and are they are the most abun­dant food.

That will change as dif­fer­ent bait fish like white­bait and galaxia/gud­geon move through over the com­ing weeks.

The time is right now for all meth­ods of fish­ing whether it be with lure, bait or fly.

It’s the best time to bot­tom fish with baits like sandies, grubs and worms be­cause eel ac­tiv­ity is low. That will also change as temperatures rise and eels over­run the bot­tom of the river.

Greg Har­wood has caught some good trout from the Der­went fish­ing with sandies in the tidal influence, his best be­ing a big buck weigh­ing more than 3kg cleaned.

Use dif­fer­ent lures de­pend­ing on where you are fish­ing and how the fish are feed­ing. Use sur­face or shal­low run­ning sus­pend­ing lures if you see fish feed­ing on the sur­face or use deeper run­ning lures when you don’t.

Use sim­i­lar colours, pro­files and sizes to what the fish are feed­ing on which in gen­eral matches a min­now.

The Der­went and Huon rivers are the two best sea trout fish­eries in the South of the state, though oth­ers like the Esper­ance, Lune, Ker­mandie, D’En­tre­casteaux and Cata­ma­ran rivers all have good runs of bait and fish.

The Mersey and Forth rivers are the two most pop­u­lar fish­eries on the North-West Coast and on the West Coast rivers like the Arthur, Gordon, Pie­man, Henty and Lit­tle Henty also fire from Septem­ber through to De­cem­ber.

Make the most of the time ahead be­cause it is lim­ited and with hope­fully sta­ble weather all of these fish­eries will be full of bait and trout.

White­bait sea­son runs from Oc­to­ber 1 to Novem­ber 11 and li­censes cost $31.50.

Rain­bow trout wa­ters open to fish­ing from Septem­ber 29. THE In­land Fish­eries Ser­vice is work­ing with An­glers Al­liance Tas­ma­nia, Sea Fish­eries and Aus­tralian Recre­ational Fish­ing Foun­da­tion for Na- tional Gone Fish­ing Day on Oc­to­ber 14.

There will be a num­ber of ju­nior angling venues open around the state.

The New Nor­folk Li­censed An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion and the AAT will be host­ing an event at the ju­nior fish­ing pond at Bushy Park.

Gone Fish­ing Day prizes can be won by reg­is­ter­ing at gone­fish­ing­day.org/reg­is­ter/

Tight lines un­til next week.

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

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