Time for snapper and kingfish
  |  First Published: December 2009

January is looking great for all of Flinder’s best species, snapper, yellowtail kingfish and sharks.

Overall December has been a great month on Flinders Island, the best of the fishing being for school sharks in the Pot Boil and out to sea off the east coast. Fish to 30kg have been landed with most others in 1218kg range.

Schoolies are a cut above gummies when it comes to fighting abilities, although with teeth a heavier leader is required.

Snapper are starting to show up on the west side of Flinders although mainly small fish 2-3kg at this stage but still. This is a a good indicator for the coming months as the best of our snapper are always in the late summer and early autumn.

A few yellowtail kingfish have also been caught in Franklin Sound.

With December showing up all the inshore summer fish such as snapper and kings, January can only fish better as we move into the peak months of the Flinders Island fishing season.

As well as good fishing inshore, now is the time for the first of the tuna. Albacore will be followed by striped and yellowfin tuna. Although numbers vary from year to year, striped marlin should appear in February and hang around for a couple of months.

It is certainly time to dust off the 24kg rods and reels, polish teasers and search the warm currents 18 miles off the east coast of Flinders Island.

Summer is always a busy time on Flinders Island and flights, boats and accommodation can become quite booked up, so if you are planning a fishing trip it is best to enquire now to avoid last minute disappointments.

The best of the fishing will run through into early May or for longer if the warm currents keep flowing in from the north.

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

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