This week’s fishing report, brought to you by the team at Tackle World Adelaide Metro.
Thursday - 14th of January, 2021
Rat Kingfish have invaded our local waters seemingly out of nowhere. They were hooked at Brighton Jetty and seen in the Port River, Outer Harbor, Glenelg Jetty, Marino, and Hallett Cove.
Squid are in great numbers locally. They were caught land-based at Marino Rocks, Brighton Jetty, and the Outer Harbor Break Wall. On the water, Squid were caught at Marino, Seacliff, Brighton, Semaphore Reef, Outer Harbor, and North Haven.
5km – 10km out from North Haven and Outer Harbor is holding decent numbers of King George Whiting.
Blue Swimmer Crab size has improved slightly with more legal-size males caught at Grange Jetty, Brighton Jetty, Henley, Glenelg, and North Haven.
Mulloway up to 1m were caught on live bait and pilchards at West Lakes and the Onkaparinga River.
Garfish continue to bite well. Good catches came from 500m – 2km from shore at Henley, Grange, North Haven, and Hallett Cove. Good catches were also had from Tennyson Beach and West Beach at dawn.
A huge 90cm Salmon was caught in West Lakes last week. More commonly, Salmon Trout up to 35cm are taking unweighted pilchard cubes and surface lures in the lake.
Land-based lure anglers have caught some nice Snook at Glenelg Jetty, Brighton Jetty, and the Outer Harbor Break Wall.
Yellowfin Whiting continue to be a fun surface lure target on our northern beaches including Thompson Beach and Port Parham. Salmon Trout were caught in the main channel at these locations. Locally, Yellowfin are taking bungem worms and tube worms at Tennyson Beach, West Beach, and Seacliff.
Port Noarlunga Jetty and Hallett Cove have good-size Tommies.
Rat Kingfish are the hot topic on Yorke Peninsula. Schools have been quite large with up to 30 fish per school, with an average size of 60cm - 70cm, including the odd fish around 1m. The hot spots include Point Turton Jetty, Ardrossan, Wallaroo Jetty, Point Riley, and Port Giles Jetty.
The Copper Coast has plenty of Squid with Moonta Bay Jetty, Wallaroo, and Point Riley producing consistently.
Solid King George Whiting Reports have come through in the past few weeks. Quotas were had at Port Hughes, Stansbury, Port Victoria, Wallaroo, Cape Elizabeth, Point Turton, and Edithburgh.
Blue Swimmer Crabs were lively and big at Port Broughton. Wallaroo Jetty also produced a few nice Crabs.
Yellowfin Whiting were caught on bait and surface lures inside Cape Elizabeth, Tiddy Widdy Beach, Moonta, and Pine Point.
Point Turton and Point Riley have schools of Salmon up to 1kg.
Good size Garfish were caught by boat at Stansbury, Point Turton, and Port Hughes. The Gap was productive from land.
Big Tommies were also caught at The Gap, as well as Port Broughton.
The Ardrossan Jetty has Mulloway up to 1m. Some anglers have managed to hook up with live bait.
Eyre Peninsula & West Coast
Yellowfin Whiting are in good numbers along the flats in Port Lincoln. Locals have had a ball catching fish up to 40cm on surface lures.
King George Whiting are firing at Tumby Bay. Other King George Reports came from Smoky Bay, Cowell, and Coffin Bay.
Mulloway reports were slow due to less-than-ideal weather. However, a few nice fish up to 60lb were landed.
Big Garfish have come from land and boat at Point Lowly and Cowell. Dabbing at night has also been effective.
Big Blue Swimmer Crabs are plentiful at Streaky Bay. Either raking or setting pots in the bay or on the Jetty is effective. Blue Swimmer Crabs were also caught at Cowell.
Port Lincoln and Streaky Bay have Tuna up to 20kg.
Gummy Sharks and Schools Sharks of various sizes have been caught at Streaky Bay with rock ledges, beaches, and the jetty producing.
Fleurieu Peninsula & Kangaroo Island
Tuna are firing at Victor Harbor and Cape Jervis. Some better size fish up to 25kg were caught in the New Year as plenty of 12kg - 20kg Tuna have hit the deck. Sharks have been prolific around the Tuna schools, so it pays to beef up the tackle. Schools were regularly encountered 3km - 10km off Tunkalilla, Newland Head, and the Bluff.
Big Squid are still hanging around Cape Jervis. Squid were also caught at Second Valley Jetty and Rapid Bay Jetty.
Big Garfish have been caught at the Rapid Bay Jetty. Boats launching at Wirrina Cove have also found some nice Garfish.
Gummy Sharks were caught in Backstairs Passage, Antechamber Bay, and Wirrina Cove.
Over on Kangaroo Island, Vivonne Bay has Salmon up to 50cm and nice size Tommies.
Port MacDonnell continues to fish well for Squid. The Jetty and Break Wall is best from dusk and into the night.
Salt Creek has produced Mulloway for those who have persisted through the weed and windy conditions. Reports should start to pick up again once we receive some calm weather.
The Glenelg River has fished well for Bream on the flats in the lower estuary. Estuary Perch are taking surface lures throughout the system on low light and into the night.
Flathead and Gummy Sharks have come from 100m off Port MacDonnell.
Livingstons and the Port MacDonnell Break Wall have good numbers of Garfish.
The Murray Cod season has had a great start with good numbers of fish under 1m caught at Cadell and Swan Reach in the Murray River. Trolled 80mm – 100mm deep divers have been effective.
Callop have also been caught in the same areas as these Murray River Murray Cod, often as bycatch by Cod anglers. Size has been great with a few reported over the 50cm mark!
The Bundaleer Reservoir had a good fortnight as kayak and bank anglers managed to catch Silver Perch and Callop over 40cm.
The Warren Reservoir continues to produce Callop. Best catches have come by trolling deep divers from a kayak.