Brown Dun | Ocean giving up its bounty in the East

Anglers down East at St Helens are busy with a rich variety of catches from saltwater.  

Not only trevally and Australian salmon are coming from Georges Bay but also sizeable flathead. Then with arrow squid obvious everywhere, into bags early last week went some nice snapper, with several over 40 centimetres.

Attracted by the squid, schools of kingfish are in Georges Bay too and plentiful around Elephant Rock near Binalong Bay joined there by many lure anglers. Then, just a kilometre or two out from Georges Bay last Tuesday, a striped marlin estimated at 100 kilograms was caught and released.

Inland, trout in lowland rivers feeding on grasshoppers can normally be expected to peak in predictability at this time of year, as more grasshoppers grow bigger. Prospecting persistently enough with a hopper or floating copy could now be rewarded, especially when wind is blowing offshore beside, or just downstream from, stretches where they are thick.

Anglers at Four Springs Lake are benefiting from previous stockings of small rainbows and are catching them in pleasing numbers. They are in good nick and averaging about 0.7 kilograms. Effective baits have been mudeyes suspended about a metre below floats, and powerbait.

Four Springs water has fallen only about 20 centimetres but has often been clouded by wind. It is also now warm enough to have most trout lying low, a few rising only occasionally to spinners and damselflies.

Brumbys Creek flows continue but action is localised in time and place. Lake Rowallan however is at just over two metres below full with plenty of sheltered water for lively browns and rainbows.