Greg James
Fishing Reports and Hotspots

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THIS WEEK'S FISHING TIP & SNAPSHOT: School Holidays boating safety tip: Please make sure you check the safety gear on your boat, yacht and/or water craft. Remember to replace any flares or PFD (Personal Flotation Device - Life Jacket) CO2 inflation cylinders that are out of date. These little fellas only cost a minimum amount ($25) when compared to the life-saving benefit they may afford!

  1. Metro waters: salmon trout from Christies Beach, Moana & Pt Noarlunga/Southport. Squid & KG whiting at Brighton, Semaphore & Goanna grounds. Local jetties have tommies & squid.
  2. Fleurieu Pen, Riverland & freshwater: mullet & salmon trout from Fisheries, Waitpinga & Goolwa beaches. Tommies & squid at Rapid Bay, Wirrina & Normanville., callop & redfin from Swan Reach, Renmark & Nildottie., redfin at Warren & Bundaleer reservoirs.
  3. Yorke Pen: KG whiting again at Point Turton, Edithburgh & Balgowan/Pt Vic., squid & ruffs at Wallaroo & Stansbury jetties..
  4. South East & Coorong: salmon at Beachport, The Granites & 28 Mile Crossing. KG whiting, flathead & squid from Kingston & Carpenter's Rocks..
  5. Eyre Pen: 3+ kilo salmon from several West Coast beaches! KG whiting & squid at Smoky & Streaky Bays. Flathead & sand whiting at Whyalla & Cowled's Landing.
  6. Kangaroo Is: Nepean Bay has whiting, squid & flathead., try Emu Bay for big squid, salmon trout & flathead as well. Tommies, whiting & squid at Kingscote jetty .


PROPOSED REC FISHING LICENCE? We need to be very careful in what we (the rec fishing community) ask for here. The commercial fishing sector & so-called Advisory Committees/Authorities are NOT our friends & do NOT have our best interests at heart (imo). Any licence for rec fishers should come with an absolute guarantee to remove ALL commercial long-line & net licences from SA nautical waters. ALL OUT. GONESKY. NO MUCKING ABOUT. Then - a new system of multi-class recreational fishing licences may be put in place. All licences should transferable (ie. able to be sold) with a limited number issued to allow holders to sell their catch to local SA food markets - a $500pa maximum total allowable catch. I have had huge support for this position since my segment (Friday June 19) on David Bevan's 891 ABC Adelaide Mornings program. Stay tuned for much more....!

REMEMBER OUR MILITARY HISTORY! July 4 is a very special day in the history of the USA, marking the day in 1776 with their Declaration of Independence ....And so it should be. July 4 was also the date when, back in 1918 the coveted Victoria Cross was awarded to Lance Corporal Jack Axford for his bravery in that horrendous Battle of Hamel Wood, Belgium/France. Jack Axford was born in Carrieton SA - here's the link to his incredible story: ALWAYS REMEMBER OUR VETS - Thank you.

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METRO WATERS An early marine waters forecast for this coming weekend at the start of the Skule Holidays is south-westerlies around the 10 knot mark, but before that it's a strong wind warning! KG whiting should be nice & hungry after the storms, with fish up to 39cm at Brighton, West Beach, Grange, Nth Haven & the Goanna/Star wreck grounds. Squid will drop back until the water clears over the weekend, but there are some big specimens off Brighton, Marino, Seacliff & Hallett Cove. Tommies, winter garfish & red mullet are also off Seacliff & Brighton. Local metro jetties are producing best on the late afternoon incoming tides, with ruffs, squid & a few gar being the main reports. Flathead again are biting well at Outer Harbour & St Kilda but most boat crews are focussing on KG whiting & catches have been good. Fresh bait is essential & be prepared to move locations after 15mins or so. Salmon are in the surf at Pt Noarlunga (Southport & Christies reefs) & there are mulloway & bream in the Onkaparinga River. Salmon trout & mullet can be caught by both boat crews & shore-based anglers at West Beach, The Pat & inside the Port River up near the Barker inlet. Tight Lines!

FLEURIEU/UPPER COORONG/RIVERLAND 1. Goolwa, Upper Coorong and Riverland: night-time mulloway were caught by hardy shore-based anglers just inside the river mouth last week, but not in large numbers. Mullet and salmon trout are off Sugars beach, in the Goolwa channel and at the Barrage. Salmon to 4 kilos are south of Goolwa beach and on to Policeman's Point. Upstream anglers are reporting callop at Swan Reach and redfin perch at Renmark and Berri backwaters. 2. Victor Harbor: large squid have come from The Bluff and inside Encounter Bay, where a few boat crews also caught whiting from Broady's patch, plus snook and tommy ruffs. Flathead and salmon trout are hit and miss along several parts of the coast, inc. Port Elliott and Middleton. Shore-based fishers have also been chasing bream and trout in local creeks. 3. Waitpinga Beach/Rapid Bay: when the strong winds turned north-westerly over the weekend it made for some ideal casting conditions at both Waits and Parson's beaches, where salmon to 3 kilos were landed. Rapid Bay and Cape Jervis jetties are fishing well for tommies and squid, while boat crews have been chasing KG whiting, flathead, sweep and squid. 4. Wirrina: some cracking big squid have been caught off Wirrina and Second Valley recently, along with red mullet, medium-sized KG whiting and a few flathead around Normanville and Carrackalinga. Winter gar need a steady berley trail and fresh bait is essential, but the fish are off Lady Bay and Second Valley. Salmon trout, tommies and squid can be caught after dusk at Second Valley and Normanville jetties, but it is cold work and a thermos is highly recommended! Tight Lines!

LOWER COORONG/SOUTH EAST Salmon to 3 kgs & a few mulloway of various sizes have been caught at Salt Creek, 28 Mile Crossing & Policeman's Point. Flathead, KG whiting & squid were the main reports from boat crews fishing at Kingston & Robe, with jetty-based anglers taking big fat ruffs, squid & snook at dusk. The Little Dip Salmon Hole has a few trouts, but there are a couple of big, dusky flathead on the left hand side bay where the surging swells run across the beach & then drain towards Poorman's Head. Mulloway & salmon to 3 kilos have come from the beach at Lurline Point, with mullet catches steady from Stinky Beach & Beachport Surfer's Beach. Carpenter Rocks & South End have gar, squid & big KG whiting, while off-shore (weather permitting) boat crews have fished for tuna, sweep, red nannygai & squid. Tight Lines!

YORKE PENINSULA Port Broughton: Try the jetty for tommy ruffs, squid and mullet. Boat crews had a great weekend weather-wise chasing KG whiting, squid, snook and flathead. Wallaroo: Late afternoon fishing for KG whiting at the corkweed and Ballast grounds produced fish to 37cm and there are salmon trout still at Bird Reef and off The Magazine. The jetty has a few squid and ruffs. Port Hughes/Moonta Bay: Local bays have medium-sized squid, KG whiting and a mix of winter gar and ruffs. Salmon are off Cooper's beach and Cape E. Local jetty fishing has squid, ruffs and salmon trout at night. Port Victoria: Local and visiting crews caught KG whiting at both the Moorara and Songvaar wrecks as the weekend weather turned magic for a day on the water. The boatramp approaches are shallow and several boats have damaged their props in recent days. Point Turton: Boat anglers, both on charter and private caught KG whiting from The Banks, The Pines and Port Rickaby. Inside Hardwicke Bay there are mullet and squid on the drift and at the jetty. Marion/Stenhouse Bays: A few nice salmon came from Brown's and Gym beaches last weekend and the jetties have big ruffs and squid late afternoons. Boat crews have reported KG whiting, squid, flathead and snook. Edithburgh: Mulloway are hit and miss along the shore-line with a few at Klein's Point late last week. Coobowie has squid from the northern point end and for boats running north to Stansbury. Orontes Bank fishing has been quiet, but there are a few KG whiting well south at Wattle Point and Troubridge Island. Try the jetty for squid, gar and ruffs. Port Vincent/Ardrossan: A mix of red mullet, KG whiting and gar were landed by many boat crews working from Pt Vincent right along the coast to Black Point and Ardrossan. Long Spit is well worth a run for whiting and flathead. The jetty has mullet and an occasional squid. Tight Lines!

KANGAROO ISLAND The grounds at Redbanks in Nepean Bay have KG whiting, squid & flathead. Kingscote jetty has squid & fat tommy ruffas. Boat crews fishing the channel & bay are catching KG whiting, tommies, squid & flathead. Emu Bay has KG whiting, squid & tommies & there are salmon to 2 kilos at American River, plus a mix of whiting, flathead, red mullet & squid. Backstairs Passage has tommies, squid, sweep & red nannys.

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WEST COAST/EYRE PENINSULA Some absolutely outstanding salmon over 3 kilos have been caught in recent days from several West Coast beaches, inc. Gunyah, Sheringa & Convention - hungry little monstas taking fresh pilchards, lures & les plastiques! These fish have run down from Fowler's Bay & should start appearing off the Coorong & South East in coming weeks. KG whiting catches are steady at both Smoky & Streaky Bays, along with flathead, green mackerals, red mullet & squid. Big squid are also inside Coffin & Venus Bays, plus some nice Winter garfish, snook & tommy ruffs. Shore-based casters have reported mulloway from The Dog Fence beach & Claire & Fowler's Bays, with big ruffs, squid & strongies at Point Sinclair jetty. Crews fishing the Leeton Tug grounds just south of Whyalla have caught KG whiting, tommies & squid, with several boats also finding yellowtail kingfish off Point Lowly & Weeroona Bay. Some very nice dusky flathead have come from Tumby Bay, Pt Neill & Pt Lincoln foreshores. Tight Lines!