Flinders and Pearson Island Fishing Safari
Save over 40% ($1,500 per person) on this once in a lifetime fishing safari. Price for 4 nights is $2995 – Hurry as departures leave soon! You will fish the remote and largely untouched West Coast of South Australia. South Australia’s biggest King George whiting, tuna, yellowtail kingfish, samsons, monster flathead, 3kg squid…if it grows big, you’ll catch it here!
Situated in the Great Australian Bight on SA’s West Coast, Pearson and Flinders Islands are truly remarkable pieces of offshore fishing real estate. Their remoteness has ensured that they are still in much the same condition as when Matthew Flinders discovered and named them in 1802 — and this includes their remarkable fish life.
Flinders Island is a 9000 acre island and you have it all to yourself! It boasts 14 white sandy beaches and the chance to explore 50kms of coastline.
Your transport to and from the island will be aboard the latest model Pilatus PC12, this multi million dollar aircraft is the plane of choice for the Royal Flying Doctors and is a very classy and fast way to get to the island from Adelaide. Boasting the latest in aeronautical technology and comfort the PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop passenger aircraft manufactured in Switzerland.
Monster King George whiting are what draws adventurous anglers to both islands, but there are dozens of other inshore and deep reef varieties of fish available as well. Snapper, giant blue groper, samson fish, yellowtail kings and tuna are on tap according to season for deep water enthusiasts, while the whiting (averaging 55cm!), big Australian salmon and monster flathead abound inshore. It’s essentially a ‘best of both worlds’ situation that caters for most angling tastes and aspirations. And if one of your angling dreams is to crack the magic one kilogram mark on King George whiting, there are few places in the country where that ambition is more likely to be fulfilled than around Flinders and Pearson.
Fishing these islands between late January and May are regarded as the best time to capitalise on South Australia’s predictable and generally stable autumn weather.
As far as sportfishing is concerned, ‘Island Lure’ the charter vessel at your disposal during your fishing safari is as well set up as any charter vessel in the country, providing the ultimate combination of comfort and no nonsense ‘fishability’. Skipper, Gavin Solly, is a super experienced expert guide and you can be assured you’re in good hands.
Flinders Island Beach House is situated on the East coast of the Island nestled in its own private bay. This beachfront house offers stunning views and is a great base for the Flinders & Pearson Island fishing safari. The house sleeps up to 10 people, there are 2 double rooms, 2 twin rooms and 1 single room, and in addition to this there is a bunkroom that can sleep 5 people with shared bathroom facilities.
The Vessel – ‘Island Lure’
‘Island Lure’ is a 65 foot Conquest tri station, charter vessel with a flybridge. Purchased in 2009 by renowned SA charter operator and skipper Gavin Solly and boasts full cabin air-conditioning, extensive electronics package, two toilets, shower, a huge entertaining area on the back deck with fantastic seating and shaded area, large freezer, fridge and BBQ for overnight charters. ‘Island Lure’ fishes a maximum of 12 passengers, so each fisherperson/s has plenty of room and therefore no tangles.
Skipper – Gavin Solly
Gavin Solly is proud owner as well as skipper of ‘Island Lure’. All of his clients will attest that he takes great pride in both his vessel and work ethics onboard. Gav has been taking clients out from Kangaroo Island and beyond for over a decade. His career on the water started early when he left school at a very young age to begin employment on a prawn trawler in South Australia. Following that he worked on long liners off Coffs Harbor and also prawn trawlers in Northern Australia and PNG. He then left Australia to travel the globe, eventually becoming a second engineer on an international 172 foot super yacht, completing several successful European and Caribbean seasons.
Gavin has a very large percentage of repeat clientele who have been returning regularly due to his professionalism and fish catching abilities! Gav is there from the start to finish of your experience, ensuring he is placing you on the right spot for the fish, teaching the less experienced and offering sage advice to the experienced fisherman.
Your deckhand is a very experienced seaman and is always committed to keep you baited up, take fish off, and to keep you all smiling!
All the tackle is supplied on ‘Island Lure’ and is all top quality gear tried and tested for over a decade on the deep shore reef around the state.
However we understand that you will want to catch fish on your own gear. If you choose a thread line reel make sure you do your homework as all reels are not equal and the same goes for overheads.
OFFSHORE – Braided line should be a minimum of 50lbs preferably 80lbs and the trace to be 80lbs. Hooks 8/0 to 6/0 and for offshore and include a few heavy jigs 200 to 350 grams for sambo’s and kingy’s. Sinkers weights need to be from 150 to 240 grams and don’t forget quality wind on leaders at 150lbs + and all of this need to be attached to a good quality rod and don’t forget spare braid!
IN SHORE – tackle 8 – 10 kg mono or braid and hook size 6 – 2/0 for whiting and flathead fishing plus chuck in a few salmon lures and several squid jigs and a selection of light weight sinkers.
You are here to Fish!
We realise that you are taking this trip to fish so we have arranged a chef to provide all of your meals your only job is to catch fish!
Island chef, Ceylena, creates what can only be described as incredible food and there is plenty of it!! She has lifetime of experience aboard boats and at sea. Many people say it is the best food they have ever experienced on a fishing charter.
ONLY 2 DEPARTURES AVAILABLE
March 18th 2011 – Depart Adelaide 8.00am and Arrive Flinders Island 8.50am
March 22nd 2011 – Depart Flinders Island 9.30am and Arrive Adelaide 10.20am
April 1st 2011 – Depart Adelaide 8.00am and Arrive Flinders Island 8.50am
April 4th 2011 – Depart Flinders Island 9.30am and Arrive Adelaide 10.20am
Starts and finishes in Adelaide
4 nights Flinders Island
Return private air charters from Adelaide in PC12, Exclusive use of Flinders Island with comfortable homestead accommodation, 4 days fishing on 65 foot, Conquest tri station, charter vessel with skipper and deckhand, All meals plus your own private chef!
Not Included: Alcohol
Price for 4 nights ex Adelaide – New price is $2,995 per person minimum 10 passengers was $4,495 per person. As you can see this represents a massive saving of $1,500 per person.
Price for 3 nights ex Adelaide – New price is $2,475 per person minimum 10 passengers was $3,850 per person. As you can see this represents a massive saving of $1,375 per person.
Price is based on low season rates, valid for travel until 31 March 2011 and is subject to availability at the time of booking request. Price may be subject to seasonal fluctuations. (terms and conditions apply)
For a full detailed Itinerary please contact our Travel Designers.