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    Default Sea Trout in the sea

    Hi

    Quick question, my understanding is that if you want to fish for sea trout you need a migratory licence however if you catch sea trout in the sea where you dont need a licence can you keep them?

    I only ask because every year while fishing for bass and mackerel I see runs of sea trout in the sea, now they have never taken feathers, lures or flies and maybe they wont while they are in the sea? But Ive wondered i I was to catch one could I keep it?

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    Default Re: Sea Trout in the sea

    I'm no expert but the migratory fish rod licence permits the holder to fish for and retain salmon or sea trout in rivers and lakes according to fishing byelaws.

    No rod licence is required for sea fishing but whether or not you could keep a sea trout caught off the coast might depend on byelaws or regulations such as those that apply to bass fishing/retention rather than a rod licence.

    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.
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    A migratory license IS required to fish for sea trout or salmon in England and Wales up to 6 miles from shore. In Scotland it's slightly different but strictly speaking you still require written permission from the river board/ association/preservation group I'm told.
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    Sea trout will take lures and flies at sea; and I've seen one finnock caught on mackeral hokai. Liphook may be technically correct about sea trout in Scotland, but I've never found any one that bothered in the far north east.

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    With the lack of water in many rivers and the estuaries being watched by fishery boys for people keeping bass,I dont think it's worth the risk.If you've no intention of keeping any sea trout,then fine(you are fishing for bass,mackeral etc)but don't be tempted to keep any you catch.Rumours in this neck of the woods are of drones being used to keep an eye on fisherman.Dunno how true this is.

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    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!

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    Just going back to your original post about seeing 'runs of sea trout' - by this I am assuming you mean running the estuary after rain? I've seen this happen on my own patch and they don't seem interested in anything other than running the river, I can throw anything at them and they are not interested generally speaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyarrow View Post
    Just going back to your original post about seeing 'runs of sea trout' - by this I am assuming you mean running the estuary after rain? I've seen this happen on my own patch and they don't seem interested in anything other than running the river, I can throw anything at them and they are not interested generally speaking.
    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

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    Default Re: Sea Trout in the sea

    Not a scooby if the techniques would translate, but interesting viewing:

    youtube sea trout at sea denmark - Google Search

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    Look at the Irish Sea seatrout project - all seatrout were caught in the sea, especially around Anglesey, on rocky/shingly shores. Plenty are seen jumping when bass fishing around Anglesey, on the straits, the inland sea areas and off the coast both east and west.

    West Wales, near Barmouth, loads feed in the area along the rocky shores - and they get netted, as do the bass. There are fisheries on patrol but the massacre goes on.

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