This the season to chase sea trout

This year’s sea trout season in Poland promises to be one of the most exciting ever – and not just because we are allowed to begin earlier than usual.

In Poland this year, the sea trout off-season ended a month earlier than it normally does – on 15 November, to be precise. Curiosity and excitement among anglers were higher than ever, and I didn’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity to fish for sea trout at a time when it’s not normally permitted.

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Before first light on 16 November, I almost ran out of the house on my way to go fishing – the whole time I was running through in my head about which lure to use first – after all, we have a few novelties, and they all look great. As I parked the car, I had made up my mind. I got out the new LT Zerling in copper red dots colour and quickly armed it with the LT system. I waded out and even on those first few casts, I knew something was about to happen. After about five or six casts, I was in to my first fish. It was only a tiny one, but nothing makes me happier than the first silver of the season. I quickly released this little one, now full of belief that the Zerling was the right lure. I moved on to another place, and despite not getting a bite for several casts, the more aggressive action of this lure made me feel that I would get another.

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About an hour later, I made a cast along the beach in the shallow water of maybe 1.5m of depth. I was retrieving the lure steadily when I felt a sudden snap. I pulled slightly to the left and let the Zerling fall – it was hit almost immediately. It was a nice, medium-sized sea trout. Success! Even though none of these fish were record-breakers and they weren’t great in numbers, everyone who catches sea trout knows that you enjoy every single catch like it was a record-breaker. Especially on the opening day of the season.

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