Searrunners the mainstay
  |  First Published: October 2010

Today I look outside to be greeted with blue skies and sunshine. Spring is here!

Although we are no doubt going to be subject to some windy conditions, the positive is the short days of winter are behind us with daylight savings, warmer water and fishing ahead of us.

There are no current reports of whitebait in the southern estuaries but this can soon change, with the Lune, Huon, Esperance and Derwent all set to experience bumper searun trout seasons.

The bream fishing has from all reports been very slow with only the more renowned east coast estuaries such as Little Swanport and Scamander producing fish.

It won’t be long though until these now very sought after sport species are back on the chew!

D’Entrecasteaux Channel

The Huon, Lune, D’Entrecasteaux and Esperance Rivers are the places to be for the freshwater/sport fishing angler and as mentioned above the searun trout are one of the more recognised target species.

Searun trout and the occasional Atlantic salmon can be caught throughout all the above mentioned rivers, the Huon and Esperance although hold the largest numbers of the later.

The middle reaches of these rivers will give up some often hard to locate bream, yellow-eye mullet and the champagne species the silver bullet (searun trout).

Lure, fly and bait are all effective methods with it well recognised the larger fish fall to bait.

Soft plastic and fly anglers will do best to drift and cast from a small boat. The closer your offering gets to the structure and snags the better!

Trolling in the Huon can be effective; again it is recommended anglers stick to the edges. The humble Cobra is as effective as any lure. Red/black and silver/blue are effective colours.

For those after a feed of flathead the fishing will still be a little tough with these normally easy to catch species not becoming active until the water warms up.

If although the temptation is too much the sheltered water bay fishing on the inside of Bruny Island should give up the odd fish.

Bait fishing and soft plastics are the two recommended methods although anglers whom troll the bays will pick up fish on blue, pink and silver deep diving minnows.

Swan River

Typical of most east coast rivers, September and October will see a distinct improvement in the fishing.

As the weather conditions improve, as does the angling prospects.

The Swan holds an enormous population of juvenile sportfish including bream, Australian salmon, silver trevally, yellowtail mackerel, the odd leatherjacket and even a number of large sea run trout.

The lower estuary towards the mouth holds some large specimens of bream, which can be targeted with soft plastics and bait, while anglers that prefer the sporting qualities of the Australian salmon will have success using traditional silver sliced lures. The saltwater fly angler can also have a ball here with these fast moving pelagic species readily accepting traditional Deceiver patterns.

Beyond the mouth, anglers who have beach fishing equipment will tackle rays and sharks which can provide good sport, whole pilchards, fish pieces and squid being preferred baits.

Anglers who fish up river, whether that be land or boat-based, will be blessed by generally clear water and plenty of fish holding structure.

The bream may be small but they certainly make up for this in numbers.

The upper swan makes for the perfect small boat/kayaking water.

Big blue-throat wrasse are a worthy adversary for the reef angler.

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