Brown Dun | Big fish biting in the East

Saltwater fishing action continues to please down East, with many mako sharks off St Helens and bluefin tuna of 90 and 100 kilograms taken off Eaglehawk Neck.

In between and seaward of Swansea, tasty blue-eye trevalla were boated from deep over the Shelf while from mid-water above them came Ray’s bream,

This is a species of pomfret growing to at least two kilograms and with an excellent flavour likened by some to chicken.

Surf anglers will also compete this weekend, based at Swimcart Beach near Binalong Bay and registering at the main beach from 5pm on April 13.


Our brown trout season closes on April 29, and what with spawning and winter looming, trout are keen to feed.

Some in Four Springs Lake are still rising, and weighty trout there have also been seizing mudeye baits.

Highland fly fishers could end with thrills generated by jassid leaf-hoppers.

With jassids only a centimetre long and trout usually fussy, anglers will probably find most effective dry flies tied on hooks no bigger than size 14.

Recently reported from Penstock Lagoon, jassids have also been found late in some seasons on gums at Lake Leake, Arthurs and Great Lakes.

They have also been spotted at Little Pine, Dee and Bronte Lagoons, Lakes St Clair and King William - and very likely on neighbouring waters.

Jassids can fly short distances, and helped by winds, some may also be found on waters like treeless western lakes.

In contrast, Woods Lake brownies have been attacking wet flies and lures and when wind allows, trollers on Great Lake report pleasing catches, certainly from several southern bays.


Meanwhile, at the Trevallyn Tailrace black cormorants have been diving for small fish. Those successful have been mobbed immediately by seagulls, joined occasionally by pelicans.