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Days are longer – fishing is better
  |  First Published: September 2011



You can’t help but notice the days are gradually, but surely, getting longer.

Longer days means better weather which in turn will mean better fishing.

Although October is even better again, September will see good numbers of the often illusive sea trout move into the estuaries; besides this the bream in the east coast rivers will begin to become a little more active.

The blue water fishing will remain quiet for another couple of months until the water temperatures begin to increase.

For those although keen enough still days will provide the opportunity to chase striped trumpeter.

Huon River

The Huon River and surrounding small tributaries become a hive of activity during spring with the upper reaches offering some superb trout fishing, while the middle reaches will gives up some well respected bream and the occasional Atlantic salmon.

Although the September fishing will fall in the lap of the weather gods, flows at the time of writing are looking good.

Lure anglers will have success fishing from a small boat or from the shore. The area above the bridge is usually preferred by those targeting the resident fish with the key to success to be amongst the structure.

Cobra lures are always popular with silver and blue and green and silver whitebait colours very popular.

For those that are seeking the larger-than-average trophy fish trolling or drift spinning with large bibbed minnows is recommended.

For flyfishers the technique is simple; find the whitebait and you will find the sea runners.

A BMS pattern fished on a sink tip or intermediate line is the way to go.

It is recommended anglers use at least 8lb tippet as besides the large resident fish on offer the Huon also supports a healthy population of escapee Atlantic salmon.

Dover

Dover located south of Huonville and the Huon River offers all kinds of fishing.

For those that prefer bay fishing, the area right in front of the pub and main public jetty is productive with juvenile barracouta, Australian salmon, flathead, mackerel and mullet all on offer.

The Esperance River further inland offers a sheltered estuary that feeds off the main bay found at Dover. The river mouth itself is flanked with Atlantic salmon farms that give up the occasional fish.

Further up the estuary around Chale Bay anglers will encounter the occasional sea run trout, bream, smaller Australian salmon and depending on water temperatures the occasional flathead.

As access is often difficult the boat angler is at a greater advantage. Bait fishing with an unweighted prawn is effective as it is with a mussel, crab or pretty fish.

Besides bait fishing drifting over the many dips and flats with soft plastics and bibbed minnows will give up some surprise bags.

Fly anglers are also well catered for with this often flay calm estuary providing a great opportunity to hone your skills.

Atlantic salmon are the main target species with small English style wet flies and whitebait patterns being effective. For those after a feed of flathead Crazy Charlies and Clousers are recommended.

Anglers are reminded when fishing the freshwater reaches of both the Huon and Esperance Rivers an inland fishing licence is required.

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