Calm water, bigger fish
  |  First Published: June 2010

Winter and through early June, again the weather has been good.

For the Flinders Island angler good conditions have meant that the waters around the islands to the west have been accessible and fishing well.

Those with boats launched out of Whitemark have been able to run out to the flathead grounds off Prime Seal Island and Kangaroo Island for bags of 1.5-2kg flatties, and are easy to catch on most days.

As always gummies run around in the same area and are a handy by-catch.

In the more tidal and shallow waters around Lady Barron the winter run of large garfish is one of the best for years both in numbers and size, with flathead and gummies more variable.

At the wharf a few squid are being taken but overall things have been quieter as is usual in mid winter.


Offshore, activity has been focused on the bottom, as our tuna season has finished.

Good weather conditions has produced some excellent catches of trevalla, blue grenadier and gemfish: this is a form of fishing that at least everyone should try once.

The depth is 400-500m and while quite possible with the right rod and line, it is best undertaken with a deck-winch to save RSI of the wrist.

Braided line, strong hooks and 1.5-2kg sinkers are essential at this depth and it never fails to amaze the anglers that you can feel the bites half a kilometre down.

The end result of the day is that you have a selection of some of the best eating fish available anywhere.

An interesting note, particularly relevant to this type of fishing is the importance of a good echo sounder.

Due to an equipment failure I have recently replaced a sounder with a new unit of the same size and output and with no need to change the transducer the comparison between old and new was straightforward.

The performance of the new digital set is miles ahead of the older technology.

Next month will see the days becoming longer again and spring on the way, with a whole new season of fishing ahead of us.

The author James Luddington and Noel Matthewson blue eye fishing, complete with 20kg fish.

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