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    Default Re: Sea Trout in the sea

    thats interesting Cody, on my local estuary they are pretty easy to catch when running as long as the lure is on the small side, they dont seem to take bass or salmon plugs too often, i presume just a size factor.
    we also get them all the time in the salt on small lures too.

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    Default Re: Sea Trout in the sea

    Quote Originally Posted by sewinbasher View Post

    Fishing for sea trout in the sea is widely practised in Ireland so there's no reason why they can't be caught but of course it's different law.
    Salmon and seatrout licence is required here to fish for sea trout in the sea and Inland Fisheries Ireland employ fisheries officers specifically to check up on those fishing for sea trout in the Irish Sea.

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    Default Re: Sea Trout in the sea

    Quote Originally Posted by rincon60 View Post
    thanks for the replies!!

    Id love to catch on in the sea, I have had them leap out in their dozens all around me in the sea but not once hooked one.

    Better check up on the whole licence thing though

    thanks!
    sea sea-trout fishing is a big thing in North Germany and Denmark - so you can look there for tactics and flies.
    "Please God, don't let me die at the hands of the Swiss". English, J, Sir

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    Quote Originally Posted by rincon60 View Post
    sorry i never replied to this, Ive been away. The run I was referring to was in the sea its self. Ive fly fished for bass (and used spinners) waist deep in the sea and have in the past down very well for bass and mackerel but the sea trout just jump and swim past without paying any attention
    This might sound strange but I have found, when the odd one is jumping occasionally you can cast to them and catch. However, when it seems like a lot of them are doing not much but jumping, you cannot even tempt a bite. Really weird.
    But other anglers have told me this too.

    With regard your question - no, you need a license to even fish for them, let alone catch.
    If you catch one without a license, you must be sure to put it back AND be clearly not targetting them.
    So, if you are in the middle of a horde of jumping seatrout, casting a 'teal and blue' you would struggle to convince anyone you are after bass or pollock.
    Using a Sandeel pattern would give you some room for manoeuvre perhaps.

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    Default Re: Sea Trout in the sea

    Question? Is this in an estuary situation? If so, could they be congregated & preparing to run the river?
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy1 View Post
    Question? Is this in an estuary situation? If so, could they be congregated & preparing to run the river?
    That's what I was talking about - pre run behaviour. I've never caught even though it seems that every trout in the sea is with in casting distance.

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    Default Re: Sea Trout in the sea

    Quote Originally Posted by codyarrow View Post
    That's what I was talking about - pre run behaviour. I've never caught even though it seems that every trout in the sea is with in casting distance.
    Same as my experiences. The reason I posted was to query with the OP as to whether it's the mouth of an estuary he's fishing or a coastal "mark" where sea trout are known to feed, he hasn't said. The estuary situation points towards agitated fish waiting for the right conditions to enter a river system & begin their migration upstream in order to reach the spawning redds.
    Last edited by taffy1; 28-04-2019 at 11:12 PM. Reason: more info.
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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    my original post was talking about sea trout in the open sea, no where near a river mouth or estuary. I see from some of the sea angler reports they are running at the moment, no one catches them but they can be seen jumping out.

    I think most of the lures I used for bass would be too big for trout anyway but the flies I use could easily be taken by a sea trout but I'm not convinced they are feeding but just swimming to one of the rivers or estuarys.

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    I have just remembered that there was talk a few years ago about a seatrout regeneration program over in East Anglia, I think the Holkham estate was involved with somme of it... never heard the outcome, it went a bit quite. I wonder if your shoals are in some way part of that program, and it worked!

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    When there's enough fish sea trout can be caught in the open sea. I've caught 1/2 pound sea trout on slender 4" lures. Generally 2-3" slim bodied about 18g lures work well. Flies have a better hook up rate if you can get them in front of them.
    I would say all trout in open sea are feeding at this time of year or there's not much point in them being there. Runs will be later on, and it's pretty dry at the moment I can't see many fish being concerned with the river. Finnock will likely be at sea all through the summer and winter.

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