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LONG WEEKEND REGIONAL FISHING SNAPSHOT! 1. Metro: good catches of squid have come from Brighton, Glenelg, Semaphore & Grange. Gar & blueys are at Largs, Nth Haven & St Kilda, with bream & mulloway in West Lakes & the Onkaparinga river. West Beach has been quiet. 2. Fleurieu Pen & freshwater: salmon trout & mullet from Sellicks & Myponga., gar & KG whiting off Wirrina., mulloway & salmon trout at Goolwa & Upper Coorong. Callop at Swan Reach & the Warren Reservoir. 3. Yorke Pen: squid from Stansbury & Port Vincent., gar & snook at Port Hughes & Moonta Bay., squid & gar from Wallaroo. Blueys at Ardrossan. KG whiting from Balgowan. 4. Eyre Pen: kingfish at Point Lowly & Leeton Tug., yellowfin whiting from Cowell & Port Neill., squid & KG whiting from Proper Bay, Ceduna & Smoky Bay with good blueys at Streaky & Murninnie Point. 5. South East: mulloway at Salt Creek & The Granites., salmon from Beachport & Canunda., mullet & gar from Robe & Kingston. 6. Kangaroo Island: salmon trout from Kingscote., gar & squid at Emu Bay., tuna in Investigator Straight.
JANUARY LONG WEEKEND
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METRO WATERS SPECIAL GPS OFFER! Buy 1 copy of my latest GPS Marks of SA book & get the 2nd copy dead-set absolutely free! Check link to the right! Some good sized gar have come from Southern Metro locations with standout fish at West Beach, Brighton, Seacliff & Marino Rocks. Schools of gar & snook continue to run right down to Christies Beach Horseshoe Reef & Pt Noarlunga. The gar need a steady berley trail & nice tommies will most likely be eager to start the action - so stay patient at first. Blue crabs have been nice & steady for both jetty & boat anglers, with Henley, Grange, Semaphore & Nth Haven jetties & grounds all producing results, esp early mornings. Reports of squid have also been good - boats drifting at Brighton, Grange, Glenelg & Semaphore doing well with whole fish baits. KG whiting reports have been very mixed, with Brighton, Glenelg & Grange being the pick of spots, but those crews going early seem to be having the better sized fish & less problems with Les Fishe de shite (aka trumpeters). Yellowfin whiting & blue crabs are steady on the high tides out from Light Beach, Webb beach, Chapman Creek & St Kilda, with bloodworms & soft cockle being the baits of choice for the whiting. Yellowfin whiting are also in the shallows at Tennyson, Grange & Semaphore/Nth Haven. Snook & squid can be caught from the jetties at Pt Noarlunga & Brighton - while salmon trout are still in reasonably shallow water at the O'Sullivan's Beach breakwater. Yellowfin whiting are also at Seaford & Moana beaches & bream & small mullies are around the Onkaparinga River mouth. Small kingies are in amongst some aggressive salmon trout in the Port River around the Barker Inlet. Tight Lines!
SOUTH COAST/RIVERLAND 1. Goolwa, Upper Coorong & Riverland: school mulloway have well and truly arrived along the reaches of the Upper Coorong with good fish at the Tea Tree and 28 Mile Crossings. Mullies are also inside the Goolwa river mouth (after dark) and down at Salt Creek. Salmon ranging in size to 1 kilo have been caught from Goolwa and Chiton Rocks beaches. Swan Reach has callop, redfin perch and yabbies, with Murray Cod (catch and release) at Lyrop and Nildottie. 2. Victor Harbor: big squid have been caught in the Bay and from The Bluff jetty. Gar, tommies and snook have been the other main reports closer to shore, while bigger boats fishing Sanders Bank and The Pages reported tuna, red nannys and sweep. The Rock Lobster season has been slow. Mullet and small salmon have been caught from the beach at Waitpinga and from the rocks at Newlands Head. 3. Cape Jervis/Rapid Bay: squid, tommies and gar have been caught by boat crews fishing in the shelter provided by Rapid Head, along with a few KG whiting, flathead and green mackeral. Offshore boats fishing the southern tip of Backstairs Passage caught tuna to 38kilos, sweep, big squid and KG whiting. Jetty fishing has a mix of ruffs, squid and salmon trout. 4. Wirrina: gar, squid and tommy ruffs have come from the grounds off Wirrina, Lady Bay and Myponga. Yellowfin whiting and mullet are at Silver Sands and the Aldinga beach shallows just north of the main beach access ramp (late afternoons are best). Normanville and Second Valley jetties have experienced large numbers of anglers fishing through the school holiday period. Tight Lines!
SOUTH EAST Thank goodness trumpeter fish (aka fishe de shite) don't have sooky suits (wetsuits) & stay up north in warmer waters - as there has been a few very decent catches of KG whiting, flathead & gar from South End, Kingston & Robe, along with improving crays (Southern rock lobster) around Little Dip & Nora Creina Bay. Salmon up to 2 kilos have been caught from Long Beach, Beachport surfer's beach & Canunda, while a couple of nice mulloway were landed from the Glenelg River mouth on the SA/Mexico border last week. Bream & mullet are also upstream at the Glenelg River & Stinky Beach has mullet off the back of the seaweed clumps just right of the 4WD access track from Nora Creina Bay. Flathead & salmon are also in the breakers at the Little Dip Salmon Hole. Boat crews are reporting tuna well offshore from Port McDonnell & Beachport. Carpenter's Rocks has squid, gar, flathead & sweep. Coorong Coast surf fishers are doing well on school mulloway & salmon to 3 kilos from both the 32 & 42 Mile Crossings & Salt Creek. Tight Lines!
YORKE PENINSULA Wallaroo: The boat ramp was busy again last week, with crews going early to fish close to the shore at The Magazine and Point Riley for garfish, tommy ruffs, squid and blue crabs. The jetty has the occasional bluey and some squid. Blue crabs and yellowfin whiting are steady at Port Davis and Tickera. Port Hughes/Moonta Bay: The scattered schools of small kingfish came and went from Steamer Channel and the Tippara Reef, while Cape Elizabeth produced gar, squid and salmon trout. Jetty fishing has blueys and squid. Balgowan-Port Victoria: Anglers enjoyed a run of decent KG whiting on a charter during the week before the southerly change and light rain. Blue crabs, snook and gar have been the other main reports. Point Turton: Garfish, flathead and a couple of squid came from the grounds at Hardwicke Bay and Mindlacowie during the week. Point Souttar and The Pines are worth a try for KG whiting, gar and flathead. The jetty has gar and tommy ruffs. Marion and Stenhouse Bays: Persistent on-shore southerlies picked up over the week and this limited boat operations considerably. Gar, mullet and squid were caught by jetty anglers. Shore-based fishing has salmon trout, mulloway and mullet from several local spots. Edithburgh: The grounds out from Coobowie hold a few whiting and gar and there are several small schools of salmon trout running along the coast. Yellowfin whiting were caught from the shore at Sultana Passage and mulloway from Klein's Point. Jetty fishing has been slow. Stansbury-Port Vincent: Blueys and KG whiting were the main reports from boats fishing the northern tip of Tapley Shoal, with smaller specimens out from The Hut and Port Vincent. The grounds north of the Oyster lease marker hold big blueys and gar. The jetty has blueys and small squid. Ardrossan: Yellowfin whiting are active along the blue-line and sandy holes at Tiddy Widdy Beach and south at Sheoak Flat, along with blueys and small garfish. Try the seaward side of the loading jetty for salmon trout. The jetty is also worth a try for night-time mulloway. Tight Lines!
JANUARY SEAFOOD RECIPE Almond crusted garfish. Ingredients: 8-10 fresh garfish fillets, 2-3 eggs, 1 cup of finely crushed almonds, 1 cup parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 50gms butter, lemon wedges, 1 teaspoon lemon pepper, plain flour. Preparation: blend eggs with garlic salt & lemon pepper & set aside. Mix crushed almonds with cheese & set aside. Dust fish fillets with flour, dip into egg mix & press coat the almond coating. Melt butter on medium heat in a pan & cook fish 1-2 mins each side. Serve with extra sprinkle of cheese and your favourite glass of traminer white wine. Bon appetit!
WEST COAST/EYRE PENINSULA The reports of big, fat mulloway up around the 1 metre mark continue from Yalata, Fowler's Bay & Cactus surf beaches. Some of the photos have been great, so a big thankyou to those hardy anglers who sent them in! The Dog Fence beach & Claire Bay have salmon, flathead & big snook. KG whiting catches are good from Venus Bay, Coffin Bay & several locations out from Pt Lincoln, inc Buffalo Reef & Williams Island. Tuna are now well into their annual migration with fish off Streaky Bay, Wargrave Island & Elliston. Salmon of various sizes up to 2 kilos are in the surf at Elliston, Sheringa & Convention beaches. Proper Bay has flathead, KG whiting & garfish. Murat Bay (Ceduna) has blueys, snook & gar, while Nadia Landing has salmon trout, gar & snook. Boat crews fishing The Spilsby Group of islands out from Tumby Bay have reported KG whiting, trevalley, big tommies & squid. The jetties at Tumby & Arno Bays have tommies, squid & gar with shore-based anglers finding yellowfin whiting at Germein Point (Cowell), Pt Neill & Cowled's Landing. Whyalla Foreshore Beach has blueys for rakers & there is gar & squid offshore for boats fishing False Bay & Point Lowly. Kingies are running through the Point Lowly rip, Blanche Harbour & Pt Augusta's old power station site. Blueys & gar are at Point Patterson & out from the shacks at Weeroona Bay. Tight Lines!