October lifts fishing action
  |  First Published: October 2010

October means spring, warming water and a big lift in Flinders Island fish activity.

From now on, we will see not only increased activity by the resident species but also the arrival of the summer visitors.

From October till June is the peak time to fish Flinders Island.

October produces the first catches of snapper, with numbers building up to a peak in March. November is the start of the yellowtail kingfish season as a general rule as soon as the water reaches 16C the kings move in to offshore reefs and the smaller fish run with the schools of salmon.

Offshore in December the first of the tuna head south with albacore arriving followed later by the yellowfin tuna.

For anglers visiting Flinders Island, October, November and December generally produces the best catches of gummies and school sharks.

With warming water the squid move into the shallower water to spawn and the sharks follow the squid. Best areas include the Pot Boil and Harley Point on the east side and around Kangaroo and Prime Seal Island to the west.

For the surf angler, again the next three month will see activity on all the beaches with salmon and flathead active from the North East River all the way down the east coast to Pot Boil Point.

Late October is also the time to watch for the annual humpback whale migration. The population that breeds off the Queensland coast passes Flinders Island on their journey south to Antarctica for the summer.

While a days fishing is always enjoyable the occasional whale sighting certainly adds interest to the day.

Fishing Seasons

November sees the striped trumpeter season reopen and for those who enjoy a dive the recreational crayfish season also re-opens – so now is the time to be booking trips to Flinders for these two main events.

While on the subject of regulation, an often asked question is do you need a recreational sea fishing license in Tasmania. The answer for scale fish fishing is no. Licenses are required to take crayfish, abalone and scallops, but not for general rod and line fishing in the sea.

James Luddington operates the Strait Lady on Flinders Island and is the islands most experienced skipper for a wide variety of fishing experiences. James can be contacted through www.flindersisland.com.au/fishingtours

Salmon Rocks on the west side of Flinders, which is a great fishing location in easterly weather.

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