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Discover Flinders Island

Paradise Right at Our Door. Anglers Heaven.

In January this year a friend and I decided to head over to Flinders Island and investigate the rumours we had heard about fish that literally queued up to take a lure or bait - all sounded a bit fanciful to me - but then, what if it was true?By the time all our rods were loaded aboard the Air Charter flight from Bridport to Flinders Island, the plane closely resembled an aerial porcupine and it was a credit to the pilot that he was even able to get the plane off the ground let alone make to the Island - you can never have enough rods really, can you?Accommodation is plentiful on Flinders with something to suit every taste and budget, from camping on Crown land with no facilities at all, right through to renting a holiday home or the affordable luxury of one of Partridge Farm's "bush retreats" with its panoramic views over Franklin Sound, we opted for something in the middle and stayed in one of the units at the Furneax Tavern in the small township of Lady Baron.

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coastal-catches-2015-03-28Coastal Catches 26/3/2015

It was interesting to see that there was another huge Broadbill Swordfish, weighing 263kg, caught off the East Coast earlier this week. It’s certainly got a lot of Tasmanian Game anglers interested as well as a lot of interest from Mainland game anglers.

Gamefish have been scarce in the St. Helens area. Eaglehawk Neck however, has been good with plenty of large Albacore Tuna being caught well over the 20kg mark and a few bluefin up around 30kgs. There have also been some bigger Bluefin Tuna being caught in the far south around Pedra Branca, Mewstone and Maatsuyker Island. One Hobart angler landed a jumbo 112kg bluefin last weekend.


Snapper are still a prevalent species along the coast. One of my staff and some friends took advantage of last Saturdays calm weather and headed far North West in search of some ‘red fellas’. They were pleasantly rewarded with 6 snapper up to 4.5kg, with accompanying boats also taking their fair share.

Snapper of all sizes are not shy to take a big bait. On a simple 2 hook paternoster rig, large chunks of squid or a fresh whole fillet of freshly caught bait will suffice and reward you. Flasher rigs were a big hit on the weekend also- with a small strip of squid to enhance the luminescent materials on the rigs. In the shallower waters micro-jigs and soft plastics were a hit along with some pleasant ‘by-catch’ of shark, salmon and flathead.

Rumours of kingfish in the Port Sorell area under schools of salmon are still floating about. We have no photographic evidence yet, so if you or someone you know has landed a kingfish in these areas please let us know.

The flathead have been coming in thick and fast and most anglers reported good bags of 35cm+ fish from all parts of the coast. Blinking Billy at Round Hill has been a hot to trot spot for the sandies, and gummy have been noted in this area also.

The west coast lakes are producing some good, solid trout all taken on black and gold lures or plastics to replicate Galaxias that Brown Trout now are chasing. There were some good Brown Trout taken by anglers fishing the Pirtek Challenge on Sunday, and it will be interesting to see if a local North West Coast angler wins it yet again.

The Ulverstone anglers club are holding a Junior Anglers fishing day at Frombergs dam, at Ulverstone, this Sunday from 10am till 3pm.


Jordy Pearson has a good grip on this Brown Trout that he caught in the Leven River

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