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    Rainbow and Brown Trout

    Even juvenile trout will be taken by large browns & rainbows too, I think they say there's around a 15% survival rate with small fingerling/juvenile stocked fish.. I reckon the juveniles would have a better survival rate in my books.. Upper Torrens River& small creeks/streams (sixth creek) that flow into it, Finniss, Sturt, Onkaparinga , Light (Kapunda area), Broughton (in the North). Hindmarsh Rivers all have trout in them as does Myponga Creek, just a matter of finding access and probably permission from land owners in some areas.. The were the rivers I used to chase trout, the Finniss River was my favorite river.. But I'm going back twenty or so years now as we've been in Tassie for nearly 19 years now. So I gather a lot has changed since then. Go onto Google Earth it's great for checking out rivers & streams.. I do it all the time down here and have found some top little rivers/streams & creeks that no one fishes & they have all given up trout at one time or another until the drier weather arrives and they get too low to fish, plus the snakes are all down by the water once it gets hot.. and Sth Aust is worse than Tassie for snakes too.. cheers Adrian
  2. That one we got off the road that day was just a little fella too, yes a meter long one is massive.. The biggest I've seen was around 60cms and I thought that was big..
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    Rainbow and Brown Trout

    I doubt I'll be heading back to Sth Aust just yet,, legal size for both brown & rainbow trout is 28 cms.. no bag limit, take a few for a feed & release the others you catch is the way to go,, Depends on the size of those fish that were released, were they fingerlings or juvenile fish.. they will take a couple of years to reach the legal size limit.. they do grow very fast in lakes & dams as there's plenty of feed in there for them.. http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_limits/trou cheers Adrian
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    wedge island day trip

    Certainly was a top days fishing, well done.. a great variety of fish caught..👍 cheers Adrian
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    Nice job Clint..
  6. Spent a few hours chasing trout again today without a lot of success once again. I can't work out why the trout have almost vanished from what is my favorite trout water. The stretch of river I fished today gave up nothing apart from a follow from a small brown and three very light hit & misses from other trout. It's a stretch of river that usually fishes very well and a catch of five to 15 trout here for me is normal.. Not any more though & I'd love to know why.. It may come good in a few weeks, only time will tell.. So on the way home I hopped into a small creek that was running very low, but I did spot a trout dart off and that was good enough for me to have a spin session in it.. The video clip will show you what happened in both waters any way,,The weather conditions were good with it being very overcast and cool, only problem was the ENE breeze, something I never like to fish in as it's never been a good wind for fishing.. Sorry but the video runs for just on 12 minutes.. cheers Adrian
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    Wild brown trout in tannin waters..(video).

    I do have a new helmet/chest camera still in an unopened box the cupboard Kaz, it doesn't have a remote control which I would have preferred.. maybe I'll get it out one day soon and have a read of the directions of how to work it.. years ago I did have two with remotes but sent them to the grand kids in Victoria to use on there BMX bikes.. I really just wanted to see how good the camera video picture came up actually.. then thought I'd take a few clips as I fished my way up the rivers, still took photos as well.. I have put a lot of my photos together and made up some musical slideshows of them with my computer in the movie maker and they're great.. I've put them onto DVD's so can sit back and watch them when the trout season's closed.. cheers Adrian
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    Wild brown trout in tannin waters..(video).

    Thanks Moons, slowly getting there..
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    Where are the trout in the Meander River...

    I reckon you could be right there Moons, it's been a tough season for me so far.. bloody Cormorants are in most of the larger rivers here at the moment which is going to help either.. cheers Adrian
  10. Here's a six minute video I made up while using my Canon camera, thought I would try out the video on it.. Only problem is one can't get any action shots of casting and hooking a fish, but it will give you some idea of the small streams I like to fish.. the trout in this clip were all small wild browns, this little stream has given up any of the large trout like it did last season.. still that's trout fishing.. cheers Adrian
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    No tow car so raking again

    Another top day chasing crabs Moons.. weather looked good too, much better than it's been down here lately.. hope the cars back on the road again.. cheers Adrian
  12. Where are the trout in the Meander... 3-10-18 Seeing as the Meander River level had dropped to 62 cms on the BOM river levels chart I thought it was worth heading there to see if the trout are out and about. The previous two trips here when the river was running at 77 cms to 80 cms weren't all that flash with just one brown being caught on the first trip and four on the second. Today I'm fishing a different stretch of river, so I'm hoping for a few trout to be around seeing as the day is warm and the water temp should be around 10-11 degrees which is 6-7 degrees better to what it was.. No sooner had I arrived when the wind picked up and started blowing a gale, this wasn't forecast for later in the afternoon (3:00pm) not at 10:00 am. The wind was coming straight down the river.. Once in the river I was casting into wind that were reaching around 40 kph which made casting the Mepps #1 Aglia TW Streamer quite difficult, though it was better than trying a small #00 spinner which would have been near impossible in these conditions. Fishing the crystal clear water was very slow going without a sign of a trout over the first one hundred meters or more before I had my first follow. It was from a nice brown that I lured out from under an overhanging tea tree close to the opposite river bank. A few light twitches of the lure as I left it drift with the flow enticed the trout to take the spinner. It didn't last all that long, it spat it as quickly as it had taken it. It was good to finally see & hook a trout after so long fishing in such tough conditions, shame it didn't stay on. A little further on in the same stretch of water I had two more trout follow the spinner before they lost interest in it. Over the next half a kilometre of river I tried several different hard body lures and a mix of Mepps spinners before going with a small well used #00 gold Aglia spinner, one that has caught quite a few trout on other trips. It's nearly due to be retired after catching around thirty plus trout, the trebles are well worn from continued sharpening that I do after every third fish caught. It just something I like to do, there's nothing worse than blunt hooks on a lure. Deep run on the bend of the river.. Finally some sheltered water.. looking downstream.. I was fishing a reasonably sheltered stretch of river plus the wind had eased off a little, another reason I went for the smaller 1.5 gram Aglia spinner. I spotted a couple of nice flat waters close to the right hand side of the river that was well protected by overhanging foliage, it was the ideal holding area for trout. I was lucky enough to lob my first cast within six inches from the river bank, two turns off the reel handle the spinner was taken & it was fish on. At last I had my first decent hook up from a solid brown that starting leaping non stop across the river. It's great to see them leaping from the river, but when could be your first fish landed for the session, it's always a nervous time. Every jump it does while giving several head shakes one keeps saying “ please don't toss the lure ” and this one didn't, it made it all the way into the landing net. Whoo! Hoo! the drought was broken, I had landed my first trout, a nice well conditioned brown that weighed just on 430 grams. Not a large fish, but who cares when it's the first of the day. The first & only trout was taken on the right hand side a little further up from here.. Flat water where the trout was caught.. the one & only brown of the session.. After that I decided to get out and head to another stretch of river a couple of kilometres downstream. I wasn't very impressed how the day had gone with over a kilometre of water fished for just one trout landed. This river normally fishes so well, I am sure the reason for the lack of fish in it is due to the amount a snow water that's been coming down from the highlands and the majority of trout are still in the lower slower deep flowing areas some thirty five kilometres away. I'm sure once the air & water temps rise more they'll move back into the upper reaches. The next stretch of river that I went and fished was worse than the one I had just finished fishing. With another kilometre of river covered I never had a single follow or sited a trout in it. Once again it was the Mepps lure that saved the day in catching that brown trout early on... I'll be giving this river a miss for another week or so before I have another session in it, hopefully it will fire up for me on my return trip... Came across this fungi while heading back to the car,, Great view during the walk to the car.. cheers Adrian
  13. Melbourne pair caught with illegal 98 kilogram Pipi haul The public has helped PIRSA Fisheries Officers to detect and prosecute two visitors from Melbourne who were caught with nearly 100 kilograms of the state’s valuable Pipis. Truong Vo and Thi Hoa Nguyen of Melbourne were convicted after being found in possession of 2,842 Pipis – weighing 98.9 kg – when they were intercepted by PIRSA Fisheries Officers and South Australia Police on the Limestone Coast in January. The daily bag limit for Pipis in this region is capped at 300 per person. PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Acting Executive Director Peter Dietman said that Fisheries Officers launched the joint operation after being alerted to suspicious fishing activity at Geltwood Beach, near Millicent, by members of the public who phoned the 24-hour Fishwatch hotline. “The Limestone Coast community, like others across the state, is passionate about protecting its coastline and community owned resources – and rightly expects all fishers to abide by the rules,” Mr Dietman said. “It was public information that led our officers to launch the investigation, resulting in this illegal harvesting of South Australia’s valuable Pipis being detected, stopped, and then dealt with by the court. “Fishing for Pipis has become more prevalent throughout the Limestone Coast over recent years – recreational fishers need to follow the rules if we are to have a healthy population and allow Pipi fishing into the future.” Vo and Nguyen recently pleaded guilty and were convicted in the Adelaide Magistrates’ Court for exceeding the bag limit and possession of unlawfully caught Pipis. Fishing equipment seized at the time of offending was forfeited to the Crown. The Magistrate ordered Vo and Nguyen to pay fines and court costs of $7,920.55 each. PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Regional Manager Limestone Coast Mel Teagle said the return of the Pipis to the water was a rewarding moment. “After Fisheries Officers counted and weighed the illegal catch for evidentiary purposes, we were then able to return the Pipis back where they belonged, in the water,” she said. “Recreational fishing for Pipis is permitted along this stretch of the coast but is capped at 300 per person to ensure the stock remains sustainable. “For two people to have possession of nearly 3,000 Pipis is not only unfair on others who enjoy Pipi fishing, it’s a clear breach of the rules and potentially jeopardises the stock’s sustainability. “PIRSA has a number of resources to inform recreational fishers of the rules, including the free SA Rec Fishing app, PIRSA website and the Fishwatch helpline can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1800 065 552. “I want thank the community for providing such valuable information – it really does help us to direct our resources where they’re needed the most.”
  14. meppstas

    Henley Beach Jetty

    Looks like it's getting a major work over too... 👍
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    First Blueys of the season

    That certainly was a top day out with the boys Moons.. some great pics of the trip too, well done on getting a few nice feeds.. It's always a fun time catching them but like you stated, the walk back can be a killer.. cheers Adrian