This week’s fishing report, brought to you by the team at Tackle World Adelaide Metro.
Thursday - 5th of December, 2019
Summer is finally here! Although we’ve had an unusually cold start, an increase in temperature + calm weather = ideal fishing conditions!
Garfish have been biting consistently for land based and boat anglers from Brighton to Port Noarlunga. Size has been good with some fish exceeding 30cm. The odd lucky angler has managed their bag limit as well.
Nice sized Tommies have been mixed in with the Garfish at Port Noarlunga.
Blue Swimmer Crab catches have fired up again at most Metro Jetties. Recent reports from Henley and Semaphore are some of the best we’ve heard of this season.
The water clarity at the Outer Harbour Breakwall is improving and so is the fishing. Although the water isn’t quite crystal clear nice catches of Squid have come early in the morning along with the odd Snook. Blue Swimmer Crabs are quite reliable by netting in the channel.
Good Squid catches have come from Brighton Jetty and Marino Rocks at night time or early in the morning.
Tennyson Beach and Grange Jetty have been reliable for Yellowfin Whiting in the morning on the high tide.
The odd King George Whiting is still on offer for boats drifting the 8-10m depth off of Brighton.
Mulloway to 1m have come from West Lakes and the Onkaparinga River on Live Bait.
The annual spring Bream closure has ended upstream of the South Road Bridge in the Onkaparinga River. A few nice size Bream have come on soft plastics in Old Noarlunga over the past couple of days.
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Blue Swimmer Crabs have fired up big-time on the east side of Yorkes. Rakers have bagged out in good time at Ardrossan, Pine Point and Port Vincent. Jetty netters are managing similar numbers at Ardrossan and Stansbury.
Other Crab reports have come from Fisherman’s Bay and Port Germein.
Garfish have shown up thick along the Copper Coast. Both bait fishing under floats and dabbing at night have worked well on the land, and in the boat.
The biggest news from Yorke Peninsula this week is the school of Rat Kingfish at Point Turton. Most have ranged from legal size (45cm within Spencer Gulf) to 65cm. Cubing Pilchards, small Live Squid, small to medium sized soft plastics or small stickbaits are likely to get a hook-up.
A school of 1kg Salmon has shown up at Ardrossan Jetty. Browns Beach also produced a few fish up to 2kg.
Good size Squid have been caught under a float from the rocks at Point Riley. Port Hughes and Stansbury Jetties also fished well over the past few weeks.
Snook are in good numbers at Port Hughes Jetty at night time.
Eyre Peninsula & West Coast
Mulloway action on the Far West Coast has gone up another level with countless reports of fish over 50lb and a few monsters exceeding 70lb.
Some thumping Bonze Whalers have provided some fun when the Mulloway are quiet. Sharks up to 10 foot have been landed with more than most biting through Mulloway rigs during the fight.
The beaches within the Lincoln National Park have schools of nice sized Salmon to 3kg.
A few schools of Tuna are still around offshore off of Ceduna and Streaky Bay.
Big Kingfish are being caught by the locals at Point Lowly. Fish to 37kg have been caught by rod and reel as well as spear.
Smaller Rat Kings have invaded the Tumby Bay Marina. They have been a ton of fun for light tackle anglers throwing small stickbaits and soft plastics.
Some nice Blue Swimmer Crabs and Squid have been caught off of the Town Jetty at Port Lincoln.
Fleurieu Peninsula & Kangaroo Island
St Vincent Gulf side of Fleurieu has fished very well over the last week or so.
Large Garfish have been caught at Myponga Rocks, Lady Bay and Wirrina Cove. Fishing land based in these areas has been convenient although boat fishing in the shallows has been quite effective as well.
Tommies of all sizes have been mixed in with the Garfish. If you’re looking for big Tommies, night time at Cape Jervis Jetty is the place to be.
Big Snook have been spotted harassing the bait schools and smaller Garfish at Rapid Bay Jetty.
Nice sized Squid have come from Second Valley Jetty, Wirrina Cove and Myponga Rocks. Over on KI Squid have been plentiful at Kingscote Jetty.
King George Whiting are still on offer for boats fishing towards the east of Wirrina Cove.
The Coorong has fished steadily for Mulloway on live baits and hard body lures. Flounder have been hand-speared on calm nights when the water is reasonably clear.
Tuna made their first appearance at Victor Harbor and Cape Jervis last week! More catches are expected over the next few weeks. Hopefully by then they will be a reliable target at both locations.
Tuna are in much better numbers at Beachport and to the east of Port Macdonnell for school fish up to 20kg.
Offshore at Port Macdonnell is fishing well for School Sharks and Flathead in 80-100m of water. Hapuka of mixed sizes have come from further offshore at the shelf.
Chasing large Garfish at Livingstons Bay is a great option when the rough weather doesn’t allow boats to head offshore.
Salt Creek has again produced some nice Mulloway over a meter.
The Lower Murray Lure Fishing Club had their Ramco Rampage Callop Competition on last weekend. Plenty of good sized Callop up to 51cm were caught by the competitors.
Other Murray River Callop reports came from Swan Reach and Morgan.
The Warren Reservoir fished well again for Callop with spinnerbaits accounting for majority of the fish over the past few weeks.