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#1 Washa

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Posted 12 September 2005 - 08:09 PM

Hi all,

While searching the net for squid info, I was glad to find this site. Great stuff !!!

So here I am, a new squidfish member that would like contribute and learn.

I have just moved permanently from Melbourne to Flinders Island Tasmania which I have found to be squid heaven. I have caught many squid from the wharves and rocks and I am constantly up for new fishing ideas and techniques.

I am happy to reply to any questions with regard to Flinders Island, as I have found it to be wonderful squiddy fishy place, that keen squid fisherpersons should consider visiting.

Regards all

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 05:26 PM

hi washa!

welcome to the site!

you know i have always wanted to go to flinders island. i have heard about the great salmon fishing around north east river!

it would be great if you could give us a run down on some of the good spots. i know there is already a lot of info at the following site but maybe you can tell us where to catch a monster squid! :clover:

http://focusonflinde...au/fishing2.htm

also, do you have a tackle shop on flinders island? what is the best airline from melbourne?

all the best, glen :)
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Posted 14 September 2005 - 07:41 AM

gday washa and welcome to squidfish!

I've been to Flinders island and its a great place... i envy you :cry:

I caught a big cuttlefish off the jetty and Lady Baron and then went on a charter where i used the head as a bait,... caught a 6.5kg snapper on it :) :clover: :oops

Hope you enjoy your stay

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 04:36 PM

Hi Glen,

There are definitely some monster squid around Flinders Island - all Calamari squid too. Most of them I have caught at the Lady Barron wharf with the average squid weighing around a Kilo, The largest I have landed would be around 2.5 Kilo.

I have hooked into larger ones but have lost them trying to lift them up with the jig line only. I have since solved the problem by making a specially designed squid gaff that can cope with the weight of a monster.

The best places I have found so far are the Lady Barron wharf, Whitemark wharf and at Trousers Point off the rocks.

The main airline is Airlines of Tasmania which flies a minimum of three times a week from Moorabbin Melbourne and Launceston Tasmania to Flinders Island. There is also TGS airline which operates out of Tooradin Victoria which flies irregularly and directly to Lady Barron, they also own a large new charterboat named Catapult which has recently arrived on the island and will work out of Lady Barron.

Fishing tackle is available at outlets in Lady Barron and Whitemark but it is fairly basic and limited. I am planning to start a tackle hire business for the next tourist season. I can also organise accommodation or any other requirements that visitors may need.

Hope this information is useful,

Regards

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 04:40 PM

hi washa,

thanks for the info. have you ever fished around north east river? is it true that you can get 3kg salmon one after the other on lure? :)
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#6 Washa

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 08:20 AM

Hi again Glen,

Flinders Island is squid heaven, but also salmon heaven too. - I have never experienced salmon fishing the like of which is here. The salmon are prolific and are able to be caught the lenghth of the island especially the east coast which is almost entirely surf beach, approximately 60 kilometres of it.

The North East river is a tidal river, and quite picturesque. The salmon move in and out of the river with the tide sometimes in quite large schools. It is quite a unique place, and would have to be one of the best salmon fishing spots in Australia.

I have fished it a few times now, and always scored salmon on lures from the rocks. The sizes do vary, and I would say it is entirely possible to catch 2 to 3kg salmon in numbers under the right conditions. The locals often trawl lures inside the river from small punts and catch plenty. The river is great for salt water fly fishing for salmon, and enthusiasts enjoy great results.

I have caught many sized salmon in and around this area especially from the beach at dusk, and I can tell you that you are always a chance of landing a tail walking, monster, torpedo salmon.

Other species in the area that are regularly caught are Flounder, Gummy Shark. large Flathead, King George Whiting and Crayfish.

The island is not inundated with tourists, and I have been able to enjoy this particular spot many times on my own. It is one of fishings best kept secrets and certainly one of the reasons that eventually brought me to Flinders Island to settle.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 08:28 AM

Hi Aok47,

Thanks for the welcome.

I know that you would have enjoyed your visit and that the trouble is it is never long enough. If you ever come back this way again, look me up for some fishing hints. There are plenty of fishing options here, and I would be happy to look after you.

Tight lines

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 05:51 PM

thanks again washa. its great to have a flinders islander in our midst! :th
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 10:02 PM

G'day Washa

Welcome and I must say that you have my piscatorial squidding glands salivating ,
Mate by what you have desribed I think I died and went to squidders heaven
like you mentioned LOL
There's plenty to be learnt here on Squidnet so stick around
Flinders Island has always been a place Ive wanted to fish and something told me the squidding around there would be great and by what you describe I wasnt half wrong.
Squid gars slamon and whiting are what I mainly fish for so it sounds like Id be right at home.

Great to have you aboard Washa. :th

Ok Glen your next competition should be two weeks for two people on Fraser Island all expenses paid in a five star motel, 24/7 limo and charter boat service

Well I can dream cant I :wh

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 12:04 AM

hi washa,
thanks for sending me the photos. I posted a couple of them in the squidfish photo gallery -

http://www.squidfish...photo.shtml#tas (finally we have some tassie squid photos!)

   
Ok Glen your next competition should be  two weeks for two people on Fraser Island all expenses paid in a five star motel, 24/7 limo and charter boat service   
Well I can dream cant I :wh
Wally :th

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hi wally, yes we can dream! it sounds like quite a good plan ...but i don't think i will be able to organise a limo on fraser island! :th
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Posted 19 September 2005 - 08:21 AM

There are also kingfish around flinders isalnd,... it was awesome watching them smash rapala lures, i landed a 6.5kg kingie and boy did it put a bend in my rod!!

:th :th :wh

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 12:03 PM

hi AK, was that land based or from a boat? :th
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Posted 19 September 2005 - 10:22 PM

Hi Aok47,

Your right about the king fish. I was told by locals about them when I arrived on Flinders Island. I was fishing the Lady Barron wharf one day for flathead, and while winding in my rod to check the bait, noticed the yellow tails following my bait.

I changed over to a silver spinner, and on fast retrieve, hooked up immediately, only to be busted off on the pylons of the wharf.

They were only rats, but gave me a great tussle on my light tackle. I didn't land any that day. However, a week later, while fishing for whiting from a boat not far from the wharf, I managed to land one of about 2.5kg. I thought I had hooked the grand daddy of King George.

Thats right !!! - Kingfish from a wharf !!

An amazing place. Flinders Island. :th

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 04:22 PM

From a boat glen :wh

...and lets not forget hte abundant crayfish at Flinders island :th :th

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 10:14 PM

FLINDERS ISLAND:
> Staff Member Jarrod Day ventured down to Flinders Island for a spot of fishing over four days this week. Fishing with Brian Nygaard from TGS Air and Sea Charters they caught and released 30+ salmon to 5lb on soft plastics and lazer lures, 20 silver trevally to 800 grams on unweighted pilchards and over 100 flathead to 7 pounds on soft plastics and baits. They also saw local anglers landing calamari from the Lady Barron wharf to 3 kilos. For more information on Flinders see Jarrod in store.


CRANBOURNE FISHING TACKLE AND SHIMANO WORLD BERWICK REPORT 27.10.06
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Posted 21 February 2010 - 08:39 AM

hi I'm heading over to flinder island and have two mates coming with me on the 4th March
we are all keen LBG fisherman can you help me out with a place to start we are going to be based on the northern end of the island
i have looked at google earth it looks good for land base game fishing I'm hoping to have a crack at your Kings and tuna are there good rock platforms ? and have you had luck with these fish off the rocks we will be there for a week fishing all round your fantastic island
can you point me to were i should have a crack
what fish species am i likely to catch in march?


Thanks pussman
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 08:40 AM

i heard that river at the top...north east river i think it is called ...has good australian salmon fishing :) not sure what time of year is best. i did not know they have land based kings! sounds great. i wanna go down there one of these days.
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