November is the business end of spring
  |  First Published: November 2012

November means business time!

The weather in theory should have well and truly turned the corner with warm, sunny conditions prevailing.

In spring we experienced a wet couple of weeks hence it is the annual whitebait run might be pushed back a couple of weeks meaning for an exciting start to November.

Bream will also be a viable target species in November with large numbers of fish available in the southern and eastern estuaries.

The humble flathead is also back on the menu with slightly warmer water temperatures meaning an increase in numbers.

Huon, Esperance and Lune Rivers

As mentioned above November is a great month for chasing resident and sea run trout as they converge on migrating whitebait.

Drifting and casting from a small boat is the most popular technique with small imitation lures such as shallow divers, slices and spoons all being effective.

Soft plastic anglers also catch their fair share of fish as do fly anglers whom are best suited to imitate the very small bait fish.

The Huon River is a well-recognised hot spot in the south of the state with the area around the main road bridge always holding fish.

Other spots often talked about include the mouths of small inflowing rivers and creeks, Judds Creek and Mountain River are two popular spots.

Further south, the Lune, Esperance, D’Entrecasteaux and Catamaran rivers all contain fish and although smaller rivers they are renowned for producing larger than average specimens. It is not unheard of to hear of 5-6kg fish being taken during October and November.

The upper reaches which some may say are the most productive stretches often produce the best results and although hard to navigate from the shore they provide brilliant small boat and canoe/kayak fishing.

Armed with an 9’ #6 weight rod and a sink tip or intermediate fly line can provide some exceptional fishing.

Fly choice is very important and is something that is best left up to the individual. If after a good starting pattern the BMS in various sizes, colours and weights would be a fly you really can’t go past. Olive and grey are my personal favourites.

Anglers should also keep in mind the west coast fisheries such as the Henty, Little Henty, Pieman and Arthur rivers which are also renowned for their sea run trout fishing.

These are reported to fish later than the east coast and southern estuaries.

Bream are also often encountered whilst chasing sea runners and are generally a welcome by catch. Soft plastic anglers will do best.

Bruny Island

For those after an easier target species such as sand flathead or Australian salmon, then Bruny Island is only a short ferry or trailer boat trip from Hobart and offers a large array of both table and sport fish during November.

Inside the channel angler will catch large numbers of sand flathead, Australian salmon, mackerel and the odd Atlantic salmon.

For the angler with a larger boat the reefs wide off Adventure Bay and the Friars will produce morwong perch, striped trumpeter, large sand flathead and the occasional tiger (king) flathead.

Fresh bait is the key to success.

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