November, spring, warming water and fish.
With the striped trumpeter season open again these deepwater reef fish are the prime target for anglers heading offshore to the east of Flinders Island.
The grounds are around 18 miles east of Lady Barron with the best fishing in 70-100m of water.
Driven by easterly weather, the currents are starting to push warm water south and we are all watching the reports from Eden and further north as a heads-up on the game species moving south.
By the middle of next month the first of the albacore should be off Flinders Island.
Now is the time to dust off the game fishing gear in preparation for the summer run of pelagic species.
Inshore the squid have arrived back in the shallows and followed by gummy and school sharks, and we’d expect good catches over the Cup weekend break. Given good conditions this can yield some of the best shark catches of the spring season.
Flathead, early season snapper and yellowtail kingfish will be the main targets for those fishing from smaller boats on both the west and east coasts of Flinders.
For the surf fisher the big flathead are back on the east coast beaches, with Australian salmon and trevally running well in the North East River.
A note on seasons, as I mentioned the Striped Trumpeter season is open from November 1 through till September 30 2011 and the recreational crayfish season for pots and diving is also now open.
This combined with the warmer water and better weather now makes Flinders Island the place to go fishing between now and next June.
For Island visits please note, that after years of providing an excellent airline service Airlines of Tasmania have handed over to Sharp Airlines, the new service is out of Essendon as before, with extra flights being planned: contact Sharp Airlines on 1300 55 66 94.
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
Crayfish season is now open, and Flinders is a fantastic place to get a great feed of crays while also catching some prime angling species.Reads: 3363