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  1. Small creek gives up a few more trout.. Beautiful weather conditions had me up early this morning to give myself an hour to loosen up before I was right to head on over to a small creek for a spin session. I was in the water at 9:10 am and started off using the ghost brown lure in the low clear water. I soon had a follow from a small brown just as the sun started to touch the water in what was a very cool clear morning here. I moved on to a long stretch of water that had a few deep runs, it was here I had the best chance of catching a few trout. It only took a couple of minutes when I had a solid 510 gram brown take the lure and after a short battle it was it in the net photographed and back in the creek.. I had quite a few follows and hits and misses while fishing my way upstream, it was just under twenty minutes after catching the first brown I was onto my second one. This fish came darting out from under a small ledge close in on the river bank and just smashed the lure. It was a solid brown just like the first one, it too gave up a good fight before being led into the net. First of the morning.. Ready for release.. Solid 510 gram brown back in the water.. With two nice browns being caught in such a short time I was pretty confident of catching a few more before I reach the narrow shallow water. Once I reached the shallows that would be the end of my fishing because the water is too low and clear for fishing, plus it will be in full sun as well. If the water level was around 4-6 inches higher I would normally continue on but that's not the case today as the water level is already a few inches lower since my last trip here. Any way I fished the rest of the deeper runs and picked up two more medium size browns before calling it a day. I was thinking about heading over to the Meander River once I got back to the car but thought better of it, my lower back & left hip wasn't all that good so I didn't want to make them any worse than what they were at the time. There's still plenty of days left to fish before the season closes.. Another solid trout.. Trout came out from the under cut on the river bank.. Small fungi I came across on the way back to the car.. cheers Adrian
  2. Camp Oven Chillie Beans

    Looks pretty good too... yummy!! nice meal on a cool windy day..
  3. 2018 Trout Weekend at Liawenee

    Yes I'll be up there Moons, I know a couple of the Fisheries fellows and they'd like to catch up with me for a chat.. I don't get to see them all that often throughout the trout season..
  4. 2018 Trout Weekend at Liawenee

    It's only around six weeks ( Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018.) to the 2018 Trout weekend at Liawenee that's run by the Inland Fisheries Service.. Always an enjoyable few hours up there at Liawenee which is close to Great Lake.. Check it out on the following IFS site: https://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/trout-weekend cheers Adrian
  5. Great day in the river with a good mate..

    Actually that snake I thought was a Tiger Snake got me thinking the more I looked at the photo which I have as my screen saver for now.. I know the Tiger snakes here in Tassie are much darker (even black) than the mainland Tigers so I did some checking up and I reckon it's a Lowland Copper Head snake & not a Tiger snake.. the red colour on the lower side of it & the lighter colour of it's head was what got me thinking, doesn't really matter both can still bite any way.. cheers Adrian Lowland Copper Head is what I reckon it is.. Tasmanian Tiger snake, much pointier head as well..
  6. Great day in the river with a good mate..

    I used to do a runner once Moons but have become used to them now and they don't bother me all that much any more.. Had plenty of scares with them (the Brown & Red Bellied black snakes) over the many years when I used to fish the Finniss River in the Yundi area when I lived & trout fished in Sth Aust. They were every where along that river during the warmer days.. cheers Adrian
  7. Had a great day in the river with good mate (Clint) today, it was a fun day with quite a few trout being caught and released. I came across a snake while on my hands and knees making my way through some thick bush to reach the river. It headed of into the river before turning around and headed back to the rivers edge. Very cold water stopped it from crossing to the other side.. I finished the day catching & releasing 8 browns as well as losing a few others on the way. Also had quite a lot of hits & misses during the session too.. Not sure how many Clint caught but I reckon it would have been around a dozen or so as well as hooking and losing a few too. Some trout were very aggressive where as others were on the fussy side.. Seven of the browns I caught were taken on the Greedy Guts bloody tiger prawn hard body that I picked up from www.masterangler.com.au (check out their site, well worth the visit) & my my last brown was taken on a Mepps #00 gold Aglia.. I should have used the little gold Aglia earlier in a fast water run too as I had several hits from trout in it but was too slack to make the change..😡 The last photo, well it's a threesome by the looks of it..🤣 Cheers Adrian (meppstas) Surprise.. surprise.. not what I was expecting to see while on my hands & knees.. A few of the browns taken on the bloody tiger prawn.. Where I should have used the Gold Aglia blade spinner.. Clint, getting a little on the deep side here.. Now he thinks he's a Ninja.. Looks like a threesome to me.. cheers Adrian
  8. Easter on yorkes

    Good to see you managed a few feeds and had some time away too..
  9. Port River Crabs

    Great time spent on the water with the grandson once again Moons, nice feed of crabs too with a few beauties amongst them as well.. good job.. I used to often fish along the inside of the revetment wall (outer breakwater) there when it was rough out further and caught a lot of KGW's in the sand patches close to the rock wall,, cheers Adrian
  10. A tough few hours in the river..

    Another tough few hours in the river.. Headed off to the Meander River again today to fish the fast water stretch above the Meander Bridge only to find that there were already a couple fishing the river when I arrived. I was having a later start than normal so it was my own fault for not heading off earlier any way. Knowing that there's still plenty of other fast water runs on this river I headed off to have a spin in one of those runs. The river seemed to be running a little higher as well so I knew it's not going to be an easy time spent in the fast water at all today. I was in the river by 10:45 am and found it was a tough going right from the start as I made my way across the thirty meters of knee deep fast water to reach the shallower side of the river before I could fish my way upstream. Where I have to cross over... I thought I would start the day off with a #00 gold aglia in the shallow fast water to see how it would go before changing to the small hard body lures once I reach the deeper runs a little further upstream. After having a couple of hits early I soon caught a small 300 gram brown, it's looking like it may be a good day fishing the fast water. Well that didn't last all that long because I never had a hit or a follow after that over the next forty minutes before I changed to the ghost brown lure when I reached a deeper stretch of fast water.. I had several trout have a go at the hard body but every one of them missed getting hooked before one eventually took the lure side on and was well and truly hooked. After it had made several runs down stream and peeling quite a bit of line off the reel it tired and I managed to get it into the net, it was a well conditioned 420 gram fish. A little further on I picked up my second brown which was around the same size as the first one I caught & released. That was the last trout taken over the following three hundred meters of river. I decided to get out of the fast water once I found a spot on the river bank where I could make my way out of the river & head back to the car. I found a space between some heavy foliage where I could get out and climb up the river bank. I had three more casts there and was lucky enough to pick up my third brown of the session before I hopped out of the river. Well, I'm on my way across the river.. Some solid water flowing here.. First of the day.. Where I hopped out.. Picked this fish up where I hopped out of the river before moving elsewhere.. After a twenty minute walk back to the car I headed off to another stretch of river, one that was much easier to wade, it's nowhere as rocky to where I had just fished. I stayed with the same lure that I used in the previous area I fished and even though the fishing was a little on the slow side here I did managed to pick up two more browns. It was this last stretch of river that gave up the best fish of the session too and it was the last fish caught as well. A solid female brown that went 600 grams that was in top condition, also very full of eggs going by the size of her girth. She was soon released back into the river after a quick photo, once I released her I called it a day. That first stretch of very rocky fast water had taken it's toll on the body & it wasn't worth fishing on for another fish or two. Best fish of the day taken here.. 600 grams of beauty.. And she's ready for release... cheers Adrian
  11. Moons meatballs in tomato sauce slow cooked

    Looks okay to me Moons, very yummy!!!
  12. Got my first thanks to my son

    Good to see the weather was clear for you & your son, although a little windy it was a good session with a couple of dozen fish taken on the day.. cheers Adrian
  13. Mepps Gold Aglia gets the trout going

    Thanks Moons, I'm on track at this stage to reach my target of 600 trout before the close of the trout season on the 29th April.. on 566 at the moment.. cheers Adrian
  14. Pontoon21 Hard Body lures..

    Received a few more that I ordered last week, these are the Greedy Guts models and are 44 mms long & weigh just 3 grams.. Plus I received another free hard body lure with my order as well.. It a nice little one too that I'm looking forward to trying out on the trout.. Check out the eyes on these lures.. No. 21 is in them.. cheers Adrian The four Greedy Guts lures & the free lure.. I have replaced the hooks on the free lure with owner trebles and one size smaller. Greedy Guts Yamame, got two of these as I really like the colour & pattern on this lure.. One I reckon will do well on the trout.. This is the natural brown model.. I was thinking of putting a few very small red dots on it.. This one is the bleeding tiger prawn..
  15. '' Mepps Gold Aglia gets the trout going ''.. 20-3-18 After two days of gale force winds the weather turned around for the better today, it was around 11:30 am when the wind eased off to a SSE at 16 kph which was enough to have me heading off to the upper reaches of the Mersey (above Lake Parangana) for a spin session. I had lunch first before I left and arrived at the river at 1:10 pm, I had a fairly decent walk to where I was going to start the spin session. It was 1:55 pm when I was finally in the river and started flicking the little Mepps #00 gold Aglia around amongst the fast water that flowed between the rocks. It was 2:01 pm when I had my first brown in the net, that was followed with another two browns caught and released in quick time too.. The second brown was caught and in the net at 2:04 pm and the third one was in the net at 2:13 pm, how I know that is by the time that's set by the camera when a photo is taken. So with three trout caught and released in twelve minutes I couldn't have had a better start to the session. Trout taken here.. They were the only three taken in the short fast water run before I picked up two more in a wide and long stretch of medium to shallow water. The forth trout was caught at the bottom end of it in a shallow run and the fifth brown was taken on a Pontoon 21 GagaGoon hard body (gold perch) at the top end of this stretch of water at 2:41 pm. The reason I slipped the gold perch lure on was because I lost two browns on the Aglia so I thought I'd try the Pontoon 21 lure. After catching that brown I was back into the fast water runs so it was back to the gold Aglia once again. I was using the cast and drift method in a few of the wider fast water runs and picked up a couple more browns and then it went quiet for the next couple of hundred meters before I picked up three more nice well conditioned trout from four hook ups. It was just after I had caught my eleventh trout in a small fast water run when I decided to call it a day at 5:10 pm. It was a fairly good few hours spent on the river in an area I hadn't fished for quite some time. The trout weren't large at all with the best brown going 420 grams and the smallest one 310 grams. One thing I did notice was how much colder the water was now compared to a couple of weeks ago.. A few of the wild brown trout that were caught & released.. cheers Adrian
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