SA Spearfishing and Dive Report
Thursday 22nd of April 2021
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The weather over the past few weeks has kept divers out of the water for most part. In saying that, some fish were still caught in shallow sheltered water between the periods of rough seas.
Flathead were caught at night by hand spear along the sheltered beaches on the foot of the peninsula. They were found in between patches of weed and reef at Corny Point, Marion Bay and Point Souttar.
Mullet continue to hang around in great numbers at Marion Bay. Hand spearing with a cluster head has accounted for most fish caught by spear.
Salmon up to 2kg have been spotted at Point Riley and Stansbury. They were often seen within 100m of shore and are best shot with an 800mm – 1000mm railgun with a mako head.
King George Whiting of reasonable size are commonly found at Point Riley, Coobowie, Point Turton and Stansbury.
Fleurieu Peninsula & KI
Big Squid are seemingly everywhere at Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island. Rapid Bay has had a few Squid as well.
Continuing with Kangaroo Island, Red Banks and Baudin Beach have Flathead of mixed sizes and were caught by hand spear at night.
Flathead continue to be the main spearfishing target on EP. Try hand spearing at night at Streaky Bay, North Shields, and Coffin Bay.
For divers, the Whyalla Cuttlefish season is starting as a few crews found small pods within the protected zone. Spearfishing is not permitted here.
Spearfishing is South Australia Rules (PIRSA 2021):
Fishing with a hand fish spear or spear gun is not permitted:
- Within 200 metres of the Hindmarsh and Inman River mouths.
- In the Gulf St Vincent within 600 metres of the high water mark between the southernmost breakwater at Outer Harbour and Witton Bluff.
- Within 100 metres of:
- wharves including the adjacent foreshore areas.
- In the waters of Second Valley Bay.
- In the Port Noarlunga Reef area.
Other spearfishing restrictions:
- Use of fish spears and spear guns while using any underwater breathing apparatus like hookahs or SCUBA is prohibited.
- It is an offence to take or attempt to take rock lobster with a spear gun or any other pointed instrument.
- Divers are not allowed to carry a hand spear or spear gun that uses an explosive cartridge.
- Devices that operate with an explosive cartridge can be used for protection only. They cannot be attached to a fish spear or spear gun. Any fish injured or killed with the device must be left in the water.
- Powerheads can be carried but must not be used for fishing. Powerheads are for protection only and must not be attached to a spear.