Flinders Island fishing is full on
  |  First Published: March 2012

Warm water through January and February has brought in fish from all direction.

Mid-smmer offshore produced sightings of a couple of striped marlin and albacore with striped tuna around in good numbers.

A few yellowfin tuna have been caught further south and these should become more plentiful come March and April.

The peak of the game fishing season is from late February to mid April when water temperatures peak, with 20C already recorded in January and the excitement is building.

Inshore snapper catches are excellent and yellowtail kingfish are being caught along the north and west coasts of Flinders Island.

Reports of a few 8-10kg snapper have come in from Marshall Bay, East Kangaroo Island and the Pot Boil. Best baits seem to be fresh squid and trevally.

Flinders Island is not usually regarded as a whiting destination, however over the years large King George whiting have been taken occasionally, with more people now targeting these fish.

In recent weeks has seen several 1.5-2kg fish landed and while they seem to come and go I suspect that with more effort we will gain a much better understanding of where and when to fish for them.

In size they are well up with the fish one would normally have to travel to South Australia to catch.

Without doubt we are enjoying one of the best fishing season on Flinders Island for years with both the inshore and offshore fishing a dream.

March should see some excellent catches and with the very warm water anything could turn up.

In super warm years in the past, dolphin fish and blue marlin have been caught as well as one very rare pacific spearfish.

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

The snapper have been on the bite, and with even better fishing on the way in March, we can expect a whole range of good species coming in.

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