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Earlier start pays off with 22 trout landed..

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Finally I had an earlier start on a river than I normally do, hit the river at 6:45 this morning in what was perfect weather.. The river was running clear and there were a few trout on the rise so I thought I may be in for a tough time seeing they were surface feeding, the trout were sipping small midges from the surface..But to my surprise the first two trout liked the little Mepps gold aglia for starters before they went off that lure, so I went for the ghost brown hard body and they just loved it.. At the end of the session (11.30) I had managed to catch and release 12 nice browns & 10 solid rainbows. The best brown went 1.25 kg and was a nice solid fish.. As the day became warmer the caddis moths came out in force, hovering above the water close to the river banks..This took my season tally just over the 200 trout, actually it put me on 216 for the season one I'm reasonably happy with at this stage.. The day that I thought would be tough turned out to be a breeze in the end, also hooked and lost five other trout as well.. No broken bibs today either which was good, though I did have to change lures three times due to the small thing trebles being straightened by the larger fish. Sat down last night and too the small trebles off eight of the Daiwa Yogiri lures and put the stronger Owner trebles on the rear of the lure. Didn't bother putting the middle treble on, just going with the one treble to see how they go..5a04053c41f11_MerseyRiverrainbowtrout..5000(Medium).thumb.JPG.b7c3475014e3b6a84ddaf37205ff54b9.JPG

First of the morning..

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Rainbow taken here.. cast and drift method with the gold aglia..

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The 1.25 kg brown was picked up from the shaded area close to the opposite river bank..

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The 1.25 kg brown..

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Few more rainbows..

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Caddis moths are now out and about as the air warms up..

 


cheers
Adrian..

Last rainbow caught, Mersey River..5010 (Medium).JPG

Mersey River brown trout..4998 (Medium).JPG

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Trout No. 200 for the 2017-18 season..4993 (Medium).JPG

Few more trout that where caught & released.. all the trout I've caught this season have been in top condition too..

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22 fish.......holy cow!

1.25 would have been good fun on your light gear

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That 1.25 kg brown certainly did test the light weight set up that's for sure, I was expecting to have another damage ghost brown lure as well..                                                     Only damage was the treble hooks. Great spin session, paying for it today for the long time spent in the river too.. body a little on the sore side..:D

cheers

Adrian


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Nice fish..

do you keep any to eat ?

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No Moons they all go back in the river, only time I keep a fish or two is when they have gill damage and are bleeding.. If it the bleeding doesn't stop after a few minutes then they get the donger and I usually give them to an elderly (85) lady (ex-Sth Aussie) a few houses up from us as she just loves them.. I should keep a few really as I do love them smoked.

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Adrian

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Holy Cow !!!  What a Day of fishing !!!!

Great Write up ....

Absolutely love your Photography !!!

Felt like I WAS There !!!

Congratulations Adrian !!!

GW

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Adrian ,

When changing over your rear trebles to a stronger set, and leaving the middle treble off , ever thought of using an inline small jig hook?

I brought some Gamakatsu ( Size 12 by memory ) that I used on the rear of some of my very small surface lures.

Made life a lot easier unhooking the fish. Perhaps you could try that ? 

Although the image says size 10, you will get the gist of it ...

 

 

 

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Thanks GW,  I have some of the lures set up with the in line small hooks, have used them several times and have picked up a few trout on them, also lost more on them than I caught too.. still have those lures in the lure box in the vest and still put them on every now and then.. 

cheers

Adrian

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