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October hot on the coast
  |  First Published: October 2010



The North west is blessed with an October smorgasbord, including trout, Australian salmon, mackerel, bream, barracouta and many more.

But catching these fish sometimes requires an effort to brave the weather, as it did during September.

Trout in September mainly came from the Guide Dam which hasn't slowed down since opening day, but the Pet Dam, Huntsman Lake, Lake Mikany and most West Coast lakes have been productive.

Emu Bay in Burnie and Port Sorrel have been producing many different species, such as Australian salmon, ‘couta, mullet and mackerel. There also was a pleasant surprise of reports of bream being caught here and there in the Mersey River.

This is a good sign and anglers should be really hitting Port Sorell, and the Mersey, Franklin and Rubicon rivers in the next few months.

OCTOBER TROUT

On the north-west there isn't much difference between September and October in the trout fishing department. Guide Dam will still be a focal point for most trout anglers along with the Pet Dam, Huntsman Lake and Lake Mikany still yielding many good fish.

Anglers should get excited in October in lakes such as Barrington, Rowallan, Rosebery, Mackintosh, Plimsoll and Burbury. These lakes and dams will continue this charge right into November/December when a lot of them will be in the prime.

There is also some trout action happening in the rivers as well, with most of the upper reaches of north-west rivers harbour a lot of trout. The easy accessed ones are Blythe, Leven, Mersey, Emu, Black, Inglis, Duck Forth and Cam rivers. These rivers can be fished with all methods really effectively.

Running a worm down these rivers can be a real trout buster as well as flicking lures such as Celtas and other various hardbodied and soft plastic lures, and last but not least flyfishing is always good in the upper reaches of all rivers.

the smorgasbord continues

The saltwater smorgasbord that has been occurring for the last couple of months will continue on into October.

The north-west has plenty of salmon, barracouta, mullet, bream, mackerel and trevally on the chew at present. The Burnie area Including Blythe and Emu rivers, and Port Sorell are the hotspots, but in October you will start to see a lot more movement in other areas such as the Arthur, Leven, Rubicon, Franklin, Duck, Black, Cam, Mersey, Forth and Inglis rivers.

Stock up on lures like River2Sea Sea Rock 7s, assortment of hardbodied lures including Daiwa SC Shiner, Halco lures, Silver Wobblers, and as always a array of soft plastic before targeting these fish.

This smorgasbord will only get bigger and better when species like flathead and snapper come into the mix so look forward to better things to come, especially as summer creeps up on us.

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