Fishing report for Kangaroo Island | Jan. 31

Stoked to get in the tuna on Sunday when we had a fantastic session on bait balls off the southern coast of Kangaroo Island. 

Dolphins and the southern bluefin tuna were slamming the pilchards and we got caught up in the surface action.

The key to finding tuna is to follow the birds and having a good pair of binocular helps. The tuna were in a feeding frenzy and were readily taking both skirted lures trolled on the surface and deep-diving lures. 

The fish are relatively close in off the south coast, so it’s possible to go out when launching conditions are right and get a few fish before heading home before lunch.

There have also been reports of tuna in Backstairs Passage down toward The Pages, but these fish are more sporadic and harder to track down. Also tuna on the north coast off Cape Cassini, but these fish are generally further out, between 8km and 15km out. 

Speaking of the north coast, Emu Bay Fishing Charters has been posting some great catches of whiting, snapper and gummy shark.

Those using lures in close on the north coast have been getting plenty of smaller salmon and Tommy roughs. Also reports of good whiting out at the drifting area on the other side of the Kingscote spit.  

Shane Murton from Fishing SA magazine reports that snook catches are continuing on from the Kingscote jetty. Best results have come during the low-light periods with those using lures up to 120mm having most success. Night efforts are also worth a try for these fish, with a pilchard on ganged hooks or thin profiled soft plastics the pick of the techniques.

Also for light tackle sport fishers, the Island's black bream have been willing to play and are hungry. With reducing water levels in many of the rivers, try the deeper holes or near heavy structure for most success, or again focus around prime morning or late afternoon period. Please practice catch and release with the bream as their numbers are limited. 

School sharks and the odd gummy are coming from the south coast beaches, and even the Vivonne Bay jetty. A fresh Tommy or slab of salmon or squid set on the bottom and fished after dark in a surf gutter or near any structure will put you in the running for these tasty yet fun sharks.

Remember if you are heading out wide, log on with Carol at VMR American River on VHF Channel 21. If you are frustrated by (the lack of) launching facilities on KI, spare a thought for the mainlanders stuck in long ramp queues.

Check out all our recent fishing reports in the Local Sport section on this The Islander website.