Greg James
Fishing Reports and Hotspots

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AT A GLANCE! METRO: Garfish, blueys & flathead at North Haven, St Kilda & Largs Bay (Bower Road grounds). YORKES: KG whiting at Balgowan & Port Rickaby, blueys & squid at Wallaroo & Port Davis. Snook, tommies & gar at Edithburgh. WEST COAST: Blueys, gar & snook at Haslam, Nadia Landing & Smoky Bay. Salmon at Venus Bay & Sheringa. Big tommies & KG whiting at Coffin Bay & Reevesby Island. FLEURIEU: Squid, ruffas & gar from Lady Bay, Normanville & Sellicks. Salmon & mulloway at night from Goolwa channel & Sugars Beach.


METRO WATERS Try the broken grounds about 2kms off-shore from the West Beach ramp for gar, squid & tommies. The western side (deeper waters) of the Goanna grounds have KG whiting after the late afternoon sea breezes, which makes the timing of your run important. The trick is to arrive just as the wind is dropping enough to allow you to throw out the pick & settle in for a good fish, with minimum berley & very soft, fresh squid or cockle as your preferred bait. Boats fishing out from O'Sullivan's Beach ramp caught gar & ruffs last week, while I did receive a report (unconfirmed) of salmon & small kingies in around the Seaford/Moana Reef. The Port Noarlunga jetty has salmon trout, while the Onkaparinga River has mulloway at The Point after dark & bream closer to the river mouth itself. Seacliff & Marino Rocks have gar, tommies & a few squid - but the numbers are not what they were 2 weeks ago when the commercial boats took massive catches in a 3 day period. Local metro jetties have produced squid, blueys & ruffs with the best tip being gents & a steady berley trail for the best results. Boats fishing the AAMI & Bower Road grounds have caught flathead, small kg whiting, gar & blueys in amongst the raging puffer-fish populations & I expect some decent snapper to be about the place after Dec 15. Please respect this ruling & dont forget the continued spatial closures from this date. Female blueys are starting to produce berries (eggs/spawn) & these crabs should be returned to the waters immediately! If you can get a sheltered spot in the Port River, then bream & salmon trout are in reasonable numbers along the main channel that runs into the Small Boat Owners 'marina'. Bream like underwater structure & green prawns are always a good bait. West Beach anglers have been catching reasonably steady numbers of garfish, small ruffs & squid, with local shore-based fishing producing yellowfin whiting, salmon trout & small garfish - but you need to be on your spot at places like Tennyson/The Broadway by 0300am to beat the Crusty Old Anglers Crew! Bloodworms are working well as bait for these anglers. Tight Lines! FRIDAYS 10.30am! Here's the Podcast link to my weekly ABC Adelaide radio fishing segment: - every Friday straight after 10.30am - sms 0467922891 or freecall 1300222891.

YORKE PENINSULA Wallaroo jetty has squid, blueys (after dark) & yellowfin whiting in the clear sandy holes south of the jetty. Squid, salmon trout & mullet at Sultana Passage. Garfish, blueys & yellowfin whiting at Ardrossan & Port Julia. Check out full Yorke Peninsula details from my column in the Yorke Peninsula Country Times ( each & every week! Tight Lines!

SOUTH EAST The upper reaches of the Coorong in particular have mulloway & some very decent salmon (up to 3 kilos) from The Peninsula to 32 Mile & 42 Mile Crossings. Salt Creek also has a few fish in the early daylight hours. Boats fishing Kingston to Robe are catching sweep, kg whiting, tommies & garfish, with a couple of flathead out from the grounds near Boatswain's Point.Squid & ruffs can be caught from Port MacDonnell & Beachport jetties & there are 34-36cm kg whiting in & around the moorings just east of the Beachport jetty as well. Nora Creina Bay has gar & mullet, Poorman's Beach has sweep, salmon trout & big flathead from the surfer's beach out from the proposed Golf Course! Rock Lobster catches have been slow, which is predictable for this time of the year, but anglers are hopeful that results improve as the weather warms up & summer clocks in. Way south at the Glenelg river we have mulloway at the local Brown's Beach/Bay gutters, Donovans & the river mouth itself. Mullet & estuary perch are also upstream from the 3rd Marker. Tight Lines!

SOUTH COAST 1. Goolwa: mulloway up to 12 kilos have started their migratory run along the Coorong and inside the river mouth and lakes, with fish at Tauwitchere, the Goolwa channel and south of the river as well. Salmon trout and mullet have been caught from Goolwa, Barkers Noll, Middleton and Port Elliott. 2. Victor Harbor: squid and tommy ruffs have been reasonable at The Bluff and Screwpile jetties, while boat crews have caught snook, ruffs, squid and a few KG whiting. 3. Waitpinga: both surf beaches had a great day on Sunday for salmon trout and mullet as the winds turned ever so slightly northerly and made shore-based casting a lot of fun! Bigger schools of salmon are on their way as my reports of big fish coming east from Spencer Gulf and Backstairs Passage come into effect! 4. Rapid Bay/Second Valley: catches of squid have dropped dramatically in the past week as big hauls have been taken by commercial & recreational fishers from Aldinga through to Normanville. KG whiting are off Cape Jervis in good numbers if you are prepared to use heavy-duty berley and move locations regularly. Snook and ruffs can also be caught from the Second Valley jetty after dusk. Tight Lines!

UPPER SPENCER GULF/EYRE PENINSULA If you live or are travelling to Eyre Peninsula, don't forget to listen up to my weekly Thursday Seafood Recipes segment with the fab Deane Williams on ABC 1485 (North & West) local radio (AM). An old mate of mine from my Whyalla days made contact after many years (I thought he had long died & gone to heaven!), with the magic tip of some nice kingfish being caught from the Point Lowly rip & the Leeton Tug - new Greg James Fishing members who join up before Christmas can get these GPS marks for FREE! Port Pirie anglers have flathead, garfish & blueys PLUS the omnipresent, infamous & dreaded 'Fishe de shite' - aka trumpeters. These little bastards are a delicacy in Tassie - can you believe it!!? Snook, gar & yellowfin whiting are in the false entrance to Franklin Harbour, while two (2) mates of mine spent last week sailing & fishing off Reevesby Island - these lucky chasps caught squid, massif kg whiting & salmon trout - nice work if you can get it! Spalding Cove & Proper Bay have tommies, medium kg whiting, garfish & a few squid, while around at Coffin Bay we have kingies off Longnose Point, garfish, ruffas & flathead inside the Bay. Salmon trouts are at venus Bay, Sheringa & Talia beaches. Flathead, gar & tommies can be caught from Smoky Bay, while the jetty here & at Streaky Bay have tommies, squid & garfish. Ceduna has blueys, garfish & snook & the Far West Coast beaches have snook, big tommies (especially at Fowler's Bay jetty), mulloway & salmon up to 3 kilograms! Tight Lines!