Accessible via big boat from Marion Bay or by aeroplane from Adelaide and Warooka, Wedge Island has developed a massive reputation as an angler’s paradise. It is part of the Gambier Group of islands and is situated in lower Spencer Gulf.
A handful of trailer boat operators visit Wedge each year, but by far the safest and most convenient way to sample the action is on board a Marion Bay-based charter boat. This is big water in a remote location and is no place to be in a small craft if the weather blows up.
All manner of deep water fish are available around the island and on adjacent reef systems and bommies. Snapper of all sizes, big nannygai, yellowtail kings, samson fish, XOS whiting and blue morwong are among the usual charter catch and it’s sometimes possible to hook Southern Bluefin tuna during the annual autumn/early winter run.
Most charter operators visit Wedge on an extended trip basis, usually staying on or near the island for between two and five days. Luxurious beach house accommodation is available as part of a charter package, which really adds to the experience and makes for a pleasant way to end a successful day on the water.
Wedge Island fishes well year round, with bigger snapper available from late spring into the summer months. Nannygai can be expected consistently, while kingfish are most reliable during the summer and autumn. Big salmon often patrol the long beach on Wedge’s northern end, making great sport for both boaties and land-based lure casters.