Cranky cod chase spawning trout
  |  First Published: July 2016

There is not a lot of water up here at the moment, so that means the fish will be more concentrated in certain areas, so using your electronics is very important.

Now the water is starting to wash onto the grassy flats, the trout will start to move into the shallows and forage for worms and grubs. When the trout are feeding like this, bait fishing from the shore is a very deadly technique, and it’s what most anglers will do at this time of year.

It also would make perfect sense to head to the river mouths as the trout head upstream for the spawn. The most exciting thing about this time of the year is you can throw big bad lures in these same areas for the simple reason that the big cod will be there eating trout like me eating hamburgers.

There have been a few reports from the top end, but not as many as usual, and this would be largely from the terrible weather that we have had. Despite this, half a dozen or so cod between 55-75cm have been reported to me. These aren’t huge fish, but enough to get you coming back for more.

A couple of nice trout have also been caught on the troll, mostly flat lining Tassie Devils in the rainbow trout and the pinky patterns.

Yet again, I haven’t had too much action on the reddies, but I’ll still keep on searching!

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