The Best Time to Fish is from November to April

Bruny Island is almost a world of its own, isolated from the mainland, it is rich in both marine and wildlife. Bruny is separated into a north and south island – joined by a thin neck. Although large in area, Bruny is relatively unpopulated. Mostly it is made up of holiday makers, tourists and shack owners. It is a very popular holiday destination with something for the entire family. There are many beautiful, pristine beaches scattered around the island and each year these produce good numbers of large Australian salmon – sometimes topping 4 kgs. The real bonus of Brunys size is that there is always a sheltered shore – regardless of weather conditions.

A number of restrictions apply when fishing including, bag, size and possession limits as well as special restrictions depending on the area fished. See the seasons, limits and restrictions page for regulations – Inland Fisheries Service

Around the island you will find numerous small, often unused jetties which produce reliable numbers of wrasse and leatherjacket. Another fishing highlight is the arrival of large schools of calamari and arrow squid from around October each year. These will be found all around the island. The bigger squid usually arrive first and the run lasts well into the new year. A recent benefit for the boat angler is the report of albacore and striped tuna being taken wide off Adventure Bay.

Bruny Island is not just a saltwater fishery though. A popular trout fishery is Big Lagoon located approximately 30 minutes from the ferry terminal (Roberts Point) and a 25 minute walk there after. This water can often produce very exciting fishing – especially early season when sight fishing to tailing fish can be a highlight. A small fur fly or nymph often results in success. Access to the fishing destinations is very good with a lot of the hot spots being literally roadside. Bruny Island has various small stores which have basic supplies such as food, petrol, bait and basic terminal tackle.

Fishing Hot Spots

Neck Beach (Adventure Bay)

This area is one of Brunys highlights. Neck Beach offers some of the states best surf fishing. The beach offers good size catches sand flathead, large rays and strong fighting school and gummy shark. It is the large Australian salmon that get the locals talking though. When these appear in schools the action is fast, furious and breathtaking. The best access to the beach is in front of The Neck camping ground. Best baits to use are pilchards and squid. The traditional red and white popper also works well rigged on the top dropper of a paternoster rig. The standard lure is a silver wobbler or slice.

Cloudy Bay Lagoon

Well worth making the trip. Large leatherjacket and flathead are virtually always available. Spinning around the mouth is a prime spot for Australian salmon. Further up from the mouth is where a large population of bream call home. These are not easy to catch though, but persistence does pay off. Care must be taken at the mouth as the changing tide can create dangerous situations.

Barnes Bay

This is where the old ferry used to dock. It is a very protected area that can be a saviour when weather conditions are unkind. Species such as morwong, flathead, mackerel, mullet, cod and the occasional Atlantic salmon are caught in this area. Fishing around the old wharf with mussels and anchovies will often bring good results. This area is rich in oysters and offers a safe mooring.

Dennes Point

This is one of Brunys busiest locations. Many holiday homes are located here. The jetty is a great place to fish for squid, especially after dark. Flathead and barracouta are also targeted and it is one of the best places to catch a feed.


Flathead, squid, wrasse and leather jacket are all readily taken in this area. The best spots are the wharf or pontoon. This is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon.

Adventure Bay

The jetty near the end of the main road is a good spot for squid and flathead.