Greg James
Fishing Reports and Hotspots

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SKULE HOLS FISHING SNAPSHOT: Calling All Ducks! Please respect the COVID-19 rules!

  1. METRO: good catches of squid from West Beach, Brighton & Hallett Cove. Salmon trout at Southport & Triggs beaches. Blueys & flathead up north from St Kilda, Semaphore & Light beach.
  2. FLEURIEU/RIVERLAND/FRESHWATER: tommies, gar & squid from Second Valley, Rapid Bay & Cape Jervis., salmon to 1 kilo off King's & Waitpinga beaches & Newland Head. Mullet & salmon trout from Goolwa river mouth & Mundoo channel. Callop from Swan Reach & Nildottie. Warren res again for redfin perch.
  3. YORKE PEN: squid, tommies & gar from Point Riley & Pt Rickaby., KG whiting at The Pines & Marion Bay. Gar, tommies & snook from Stansbury & Ardrossan.
  4. SOUTH EAST/COORONG: salmon from Canunda & The Granites., Garfish & squid at Robe, Nora Creina Bay & Kingston.
  5. SPENCER GULF/WEST COAST: Kingfish north of Pt Pirie (Pt Germein & Point Lowly), blueys & yellowfin whiting at Cowell, tommies & squid at Tumby Bay. Salmon from Mt Camel & Point Brown.
  6. KANGAROO ISLAND: American River has tommies, flathead & squid. Emu Bay is good for KG whiting, snook & squid.


THIS WEEK IN MILITARY HISTORY The next week or so marks the 105th anniversary of The Battle of Mouquet Farm (World War 1, Pozieres, France). It was a terrible battle with over 11,000 casualties among the Australian troops! What makes it so meaningful for my family is that a young bloke by the name of Walter Hartvigsen (Arno Bay, Eyre Pen) - a 22 yr old sapper from the 5th Pioneers Battalion - was killed by German artillery fire on Sept 28, 1916. He was Francie Cawte's (nee Hartvigsen) brother. Francie was my grandmother. I still have his shaving mirror & tunic badges that Francie kept on her loungeroom fireplace mantle for 86 yrs. What a fucken waste. LEST WE FORGET, BECAUSE WE WILL NOT.

AHOI THERE CAPN! Catch my two weekly Radio Fishing Segments on ABC Adelaide (891 with David Bevan) & ABC North & West (639/1485 with Chook Harslett) radio every Friday/Sat at 10.20am & 07.20am respectively. Freecall 1300222891 or SMS 0467922891. Love to hear from you! FISHING VIDS with close to 400K (THAT'S 400,000!) views on Youtube, and still going strong! A massif thx to Seany Sean Lahiff ( & Mrs James.

METRO WATERS Blue swimmer crabs have made an appearance off the northern Metro coast, but check their weight - some are light & hold little or no meat. Chuck ém back for another day! Spring is finally here - how do you know Greg, my old son? The bloody Baby Browns (snakes) are out! Keep your eyes open! Some good sized garfish & tommies are schooling just south of Christies Beach Horeshoe Reef & salmon trouts can be caught trolling the back of the breakers along Southport. KG whiting are much further north with fish to 33cm off Brighton, Glenelg, Grange, West Beach & Semaphore. Squid are at St Kilda, Nth Haven & Middle Beach as they cruise into the shallows for breeding season. Those blue swimmer crabs have been sighted at Wonga Shoal & in the broken ground out from the St Kilda shipping channel. Jetty-based anglers can catch a feed of ruffs & squid from Pt Noarlunga, Brighton, Grange & Semaphore after dusk. Yellowfin whiting are also around Middle Beach & then south at Tennyson. Mullet & gar can also be caught from the Pt Noarlunga jetty while bream & mullet are in the Port River.

FLEURIEU/UPPER COORONG/RIVERLAND Goolwa/Upper Coorong/Riverland: strong wind warnings were issued for much, if not all of the South Coast over the weekend and this naturally kept most boats and owners in their sheds! Overnight mulloway are at the river mouth and just inside the Goolwa channel, while local inside beaches at Hindmarsh Island have a few mullet. Good catches of mullet have also come from the lakes around Meningie and along the Coorong to Policeman's Point and further on to The Granites. The Mundoo channel is worth a try for mullet and salmon trout. Upstream anglers fished for callop, big carp and redfin perch from Nildottie, Swan Reach and Cobdogla. Victor Harbor: blustery conditions across Encounter Bay saw some hardy souls trying for tommies, gar and squid at The Bluff and Screwpile jetties late last week. The grounds around at Ashley's hold KG whiting, squid and tommies and snook and sweep are off the southern side of Wright Island. Bream are in the pools of the Hindmarsh River and mullet have been caught from beach at Chiton Rocks. Waitpinga/Cape Jervis: salmon up to 1 kilo can be caught from both Waits and Parson's beaches with pilchard strips working well as bait. Recent north-westerly wind shave also made for ideal casting conditions from the rocks at Newland Head as anglers fished for mulloway, sweep, squid and salmon. Cape Jervis jetty holds tommies and squid, while boat crews (when they managed a launch) caught whiting, squid, flathead, big snook and tommy ruffs inside the basin at Cape Jervis. Rapid Bay/Wirrina: salmon trout and rat kingies have been sighted off jetty's end at Rapid Bay during the week, along with ruffas and squid. Boat crews fishing out from Wirrina reported whiting, squid, garfish and a couple of big flathead. Crews also fishing off Carrackalinga caught whiting, squid and garfish in the early part of the week before the winds cracked in.

LOWER COORONG/SOUTH EAST Large amounts of ribbon weed & kelp seagrass has been driven into the surging surf from recent strong sou-westerly swells & winds, making some beaches quite difficult to fish. Salt Creek & the 32 Mile Crossing have salmon up to 2 kilos but the 4WD needs to be on low range as the sand is wet & soft - remember to always park your vehicle on the high side of the beach & facing towards to ocean for a quick getaway! Flathead, squid, nice KG whiting & tommy ruffs can be caught from Kingston & Robe, with the Robe boat marina also worth a fish for bream & mullet. The jetties have ruffs, mullet & squid at night. Boat crews fishing in Nora Creina Bay caught gar & a couple of big blue-eyed mullet as they sheltered from the stormy weather last week & a few mullet & mulloway around in Stinky Beach & Lurline nudie point. Beachport & Pt MacDonnell jetties hold tommies, squid & mullet among the boat moorongs & the anglers who managed the very occasional launch from Pt Mac chased tuna, red nannys, sweep & KG whiting. Some nice flathead & salmon trout are around the beaches at Little Dip & Poormans. Carpenter Rocks also has gar & salmon from the northern end rocks.

YORKE PENINSULA Wallaroo: Northwest winds were pretty much the order for a lot of last week forcing jetty anglers to fish the south side when I checked here on Wednesday. Catches included blue swimmer crabs, mullet from the sandy shallows and the occasional squid. Boat trips were on the light side as crews fished for KG whiting, gar and squid off Point Riley and Riley Shoals. Moonta Bay/Port Hughes: Try the jetties for blueys, yellowfin whiting and mullet (again from the sandy shallows on a high tide), garfish and squid. Boat crews reported rat kingies from Steamer channel and snook, gar and squid off Tiparra Reef. Quite a few of the male blue crabs are light on meat. Point Turton: Reasonably persistent on-shore north-westerly winds have prevailed along this part of the YP coast, keeping boat trips to a minimum. Whiting and squid are in Hardwicke Bay and Point Souttar northern grounds on the drift. Jetty-based anglers reported tommies, squid and salmon trout here and from the boat-ramp breakwater. Marion and Stenhouse Bays: Caravan and camper traffic had to be seen to be believed last week as I checked along this section of The Leg! There are and have been for some time, extensive road repairs taking place between Urania and Minlaton. Try the jetties for squid and tommies, while boat crews caught red nannys, sweep and snook. Edithburgh/Stansbury: Boat trips to the Orontes Bank and Tapley Shoals had snook, whiting and the odd blue crab in the catchbags. Jetty fishing has ruffs and squid in the late afternoons. Blue morwong and big KG whiting are off Troubridge Point. Ardrossan: West to northwest winds up to 25 knots blew in for most of the weekend, with only intrepid boat trips hugging the coastline fishing for blueys, squid and small gar. Rakers tried their luck at Tiddy Widdy beach and James Well on the outgoing tide.

KANGAROO ISLAND Crews fishing the grounds out in the Bay of Shoals & Nepean Bay (Kingscote) have been enjoying good catches of KG whiting, squid & tommy ruffs. Nice ruffs are also at the Kingscote jetty with a good berley trail making the difference. Red beak garfish are along the shallow blue-line at Emu Bay & Snelling Beach. Big snook, flathead & squid are also in the mix off Emu Bay & I had an unconfirmed report of tuna to 14 kilos making a welcome run here last week also. Mullet, salmon trout & tommies are over at American River & Antechamber Bay.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SEAFOOD RECIPE: Spicy Crab Cakes. Ingredients: half-cup mayo, 1 egg, 1 spoon Dijon mustard, panko breadcrumbs, 250gm crabmeat (cooked), splash tobasco sauce, chopped parsley, cooking oil, ginger, garlic, cayene pepper, lemon wedges. Preparation: combine mayo, egg, mustard, sauce and whisk. Set aside for 15mins then add crab and parsley and gently make the patties. Coat with panko and cook in a medium hot pan with oil (3-5min each side). Serve with lemon and a glass of cold white wine. Kali Orexi! Greek for Bon Appetit!

UPPER SPENCER GULF/WEST COAST School mulloway have come from The Dog Fence beach and Fowler's Bay in recent days (along with salmon to 3 kgs & snook) as the swells dropped back and winds turned north to westerly. Good catches of KG whiting have been enjoyed out from Pt Davis, Pt Pirie & across the Gulf to Point Patterson, Whyalla & Cowled's Landing. Large swells have put plenty of seaweed in the surf at Gallipoli, Talia, Convention & Camel Beach, making shore-based salmon fishing a real pain in the rarse! Inside Venus & Coffin Bay there's a mix for fish off the beach such as mullet, salmon trouts, tommies & flathead. Longnose Point also has sweep & drummer taking baits in the late evenings. KG whiting, squid & flathead of various sizes are at Pt Lincoln, Buffalo Reef, Louth Bay, Pt Neill & Tumby Bay grounds, while smaller whiting to 34cm are around the false entrance to Franklin Harbour, Murninnie Point & the Leeton Tug drops well south of Whyalla. Further west the Dashwood channel has hit & miss KG whiting to 35cm, with better fish coming from St Peters Is off Thevenard. Tight Lines!