East Coast anglers are happy with catches. Being hauled onto beaches like Swimcart, Cosy Corner and Taylors are not only the usual Australian salmon and some flathead, but also big trevally.
Trevally are still about in Georges Bay too, as are King George whiting and tailor, recently gathering in their own separate schools.
Occasionally bringing anglers back to reality, however, have been kingfish often too strong to land, and bream, currently difficult to tempt into biting.
Anglers are looking forward to garfish returning as brine cools.
One fly fisher has been pleased with trout sport in small eastern streams like the North George and Groom. Another on the Central Plateau at Penstock Lagoon found trout taking mayfly duns and especially spinners, during the recent long weekend.
Some Penstock mayflies are more like those of the lowlands, and with spawning time looming followed by winter, brown trout are feeding hard.
Besides mayflies, targets are also grasshoppers, dragonflies and damselflies, especially along northern streams.
If the trout is cruising, others may set in its path a mayfly spinner copy sitting on extra–long hackles to represent a hovering dragonfly or damselfly.
When grasshoppers are on the menu, plopping down a real or imitation hopper right over a feeder will often bring a take. Likely pools are those bordering steep, grassy banks, and especially if main currents coming down are few, these are often worth prospecting up thoroughly.
Given recent temperatures along stretches like the lower South Esk River, however, water presently looks more suitable for swimmers rather than anglers.