Bounty from the sea
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.