So many options as spring bursts into actions
  |  First Published: October 2013

October is one of my favourite fishing months with so many great fishing options.

The fishing improves dramatically in mid-October with fresh and saltwater anglers in for productive times.

Freshwater anglers will do well chasing trout in some of the smaller lowland lakes where fish will feed in flooded margins.

Larger rivers such as the Derwent, Huon, Esperance and Lune will also fish well with October and November the two best month to wet a line.

Besides the resident fish on offer, all these location will provide frustrating yet very rewarding sea run trout fishing.

The channel itself on the inside and outside of Bruny Island will start to produce the odd sand flathead with Australian salmon also a notable target species.

The much sought after bream will also begin to become more active with the Derwent still one of the more productive fisheries close to Hobart.

D’Entrecasteaux Channel

The Huon, Lune, D’Entrecasteaux and Esperance rivers are the place to be for the freshwater angler and as mentioned above the sea trout are one of the more recognised target species.

At the time of writing I have heard very few reports of baitfish being present, it will although not be long until whitebait soon become the focus, especially as any snow melt from the highlands dissipates.

Sea run trout and the occasional Atlantic salmon can be caught throughout all the above southern rivers with the Huon and Esperance recognised for holding the largest numbers of salmon.

The middle to lower reaches of these rivers will give up bream, yellow eye mullet, mackerel and juvenile Australian salmon.

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

Soft plastic and fly anglers will do best to drift and cast from a boat.

Trolling in the Huon River is a very popular past time during the months of October and November with good fish available throughout.

Winged lures such as Tassie Devils are as effective lures as any, although in recent times large bibbed hardbodied minnows have increased in popularity. Natural colours are preferred.

Lune River

October will see a distinct improvement in the fishing on the Lune River; as weather conditions improve as does the fishing in October.

The lower estuary towards the mouth (Southport) holds some large specimens of bream, flathead and mullet which can be targeted with soft plastics and bait, while anglers who prefer the sporting qualities of the Australian salmon will have success using traditional silver sliced lures and saltwater fly.

Beyond the mouth anglers who have larger boats will be able to tackle king flathead, sharks, barracouta, wrasse and calamari.

The lower reaches of southern estuaries can be fantastic in October.

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