This week’s fishing report, brought to you by the team at Tackle World Adelaide Metro.
Thursday - 6th of August, 2020
Squid were found in patches along the metro coast both on land and in boats. Those on the water managed to catch good numbers off Semaphore, Marino and Aldinga. Those fishing from land caught Squid at the Port Noarlunga Jetty and Marino Rocks.
King George Whiting were a bit slow due to the recent bloodworm run. However, they have started to pick up over the last couple of days. These reports came from Aldinga, Semaphore and West Beach.
Salmon Trout continue to keep anglers busy in the Port River and West Lakes. Combined with a berley trail, pilchard cubes have been the gun bait. Jerkshad style soft plastic lures are also proving effective; notably Berkley Powerbait 3” Power Minnows and Berkley Powerbait 3” Drop Shot Minnows.
Other Salmon reports came from the Port Noarlunga Jetty and Southport. Big fish have been tough to find recently with only a handful of fish over 1kg caught in the past few weeks.
Night fishing at the Port Noarlunga Jetty has produced some nice Tommies, along with a few Garfish.
Some incredibly early season Blue Swimmer Crabs have been caught in boats out from North Haven and Semaphore. A few nice blueys were caught at the Semaphore Jetty. We might be in for another good season!
Big Bream over 40cm were caught in West Lakes using light tackle and quality bait including live bloodworms and IQF pilchard cubes.
Winter Squid fishing around the Yorke Peninsula was great in recent weeks despite the bloodworm run. Land based hot spots include Moonta Bay Jetty, Port Hughes Jetty, Ardrossan Jetty and Stansbury Jetty. Hot spots on the water include Wallaroo, Port Victoria, Port Pirie and Stansbury.
King George Whiting on the other hand went quiet during the bloodworm run. Just like Adelaide Metro, they have started to fire up in recent days. Reports came from Coobowie, Port Victoria, Port Hughes and Port Pirie.
The Edithburgh Jetty has been a recent hot spot for Blue Swimmer Crabs. It is hit and miss but those who hit were treated to plenty of plump big Blueys. Other Crab reports came from Wallaroo.
Salmon were caught at Daly Head and Gym Beach. Schools were also found in Pondalowie Bay, Point Turton and Ardrossan, where they have been taking a range of surface lures and flies.
Some nice Mullet were caught at the bottom end of the peninsula with the sheltered beaches at Marion Bay, Innes National Park, Corny Point and Port Moorowie holding fish on incoming tides.
Eyre Peninsula & West Coast
Big Salmon continue to take centre stage on the Eyre Peninsula. The beaches with the most consistent reports include Locks Well, Talia Beach and Gunyah Beach. Some 2kg – 3kg fish have made their way into the Todd River, a welcome by-catch by local Bream anglers.
Big Bream continue to be caught on lures in the Todd River with some anglers managing as many as 8 fish over 40cm in a session!
Squid continue their good run at Whyalla and Point Lowly. Squid numbers are increasing around The Shacks at Port Augusta, providing a reliable bait source for early season Kingfish. Reports of Kingfish should start to filter through in the coming weeks.
Yellowfin Whiting were caught on live clickers and topwater lures at Cowell and Port Lincoln.
Big Gummy Sharks continue to come from the ledges on the west side of Eyre Peninsula along with Talia Beach, Dog Fence Beach and Tuckamore.
King George Whiting were caught at Streaky Bay and Farm Beach.
Fleurieu Peninsula & Kangaroo Island
Big Squid are being caught at The Bluff and in Victor Harbor on big Squid Jigs including the Yo-Zuri Aurie Q Cloth 4.0. Other Fleurieu Squid reports came from Rapid Bay.
Salmon at Waitpinga and Parsons were hit and miss. Despite the struggle, some big Salmon around the 3kg – 4kg mark were caught occasionally by some lucky anglers.
Salmon fishing on Kangaroo Island has been nothing short of exceptional, particularly at Hanson Bay and Pennington Bay where fish up to 3kg are taking metal slugs and surface lures.
Salmon Trout were thick again in the Coorong, with the odd Salmon to 2kg taking well-presented lures as well. Salmon Trout were also caught from the beach at Rapid Bay.
Whiting have started to fire up again after the bloodworm run at Wirrina, Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor.
A mixed bag of table fish has been common lately around Backstairs Passage with Blue Morwong, Nannygai, Gummy Shark and big Whiting coming from the many reefs and pinnacles throughout the area.
Salmon are lively in the South East. Salt Creek has been very productive with fish up to 4kg caught, especially above Tea Tree Crossing. Note: the closest beach access is at 42 Mile Crossing. The stretch between 42 Mile and Tea Tree can be dangerous to drive on in winter so it is best to go with someone with 4x4 experience in this area and be aware of the tides before you go.
The Beachport Salmon Hole and Canunda had Salmon to 3kg.
The Glenelg River Mulloway were again lively. Despite the border closing, Mulloway up to 1m were caught in the SA section on a variety of lures and live baits.
Garfish at Livingstons fired up in recent weeks with some locals managing their quota or close to it.
Big Gummy Sharks and School Sharks up to 6ft were caught in shallow water between 10m – 20m at Port MacDonnell. Although they don’t mind a frozen bait, fresh bait including Tuna and Squid increases your chances dramatically.
Callop have slowed down due to the water temperature but a few fish were caught at Blanchetown, Swan Reach, and the Warren Reservoir.
Trout & Redfin were caught in the Adelaide Hills. Big Winter Redfin were also caught at Burra Creek.