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THE WEEK AT A GLANCE! METRO: Rugger snapper from Outer Harbor, KG whiting off Bower Rd grounds, salmon trout & squid at Seacliff & Marino. YORKE PEN: KG whiting at Pt Broughton, Snapper from Corny Point. Squid at Wallaroo, Pt Hughes & Tiparra Reef. FLEURIEU PEN: Salmon from Deep Creek & Waitpinga, Rugger snapper & KG whiting from Lady Bay & Wirrina. WEST COAST: Big salmon from Sheringa & Almonta beaches, KG whiting from Tulka & Taylor's Landing. SOUTH EAST: Salmon from The Granites & Salt Creek, tuna off Beachport, snapper & big KG whiting at Kingston & Robe.
JULY 2018 REPORT - INC SKULE HOLIDAYS!!
METRO WATERS Catches of KG whiting can be made off St Kilda, Outer Harbour, Thompson's Beach, North Haven & Semaphore, with average size varying from small/undersize to 37cm. The occasional bigger fish can be caught before daylight at Goannas, Bower Road & also Brighton. Recent snapper reports have been mixed at best, with ruggers down south at Aldinga, Seaford Reef & Port Stanvac - & bigger fish to 4 kilos in the Outer Harbour channel. Undersize snapper have turned up at West Beach & Grange & some of these fish are in quite shallow. Squid have been much easier to find, with some good ones coming from Seacliff, Hallett Cove, West Beach, Brighton & St Kilda. The Outer Harbour & St Kilda breakwater groynes also have squid, tommies & salmon trout. Salmon trout schools are right along the coast, esp at Moana, Triggs & Pt Noarlunga South. If you are in aboat, try using some berley around your boat to keep these schools from moving on & you should pick up a feed flicking light lures/poppers! I did receive a report of some nice flathead coming in from the deeper waters off Nth Haven last week - one angler picked up 4 very nice fish when he was chasing KG whiting & snapper. Tommies & gar are in schools together off Nth Haven & West Beach, which is slightly unusual for this time of year, while mulloway up to 12 kilograms have come from the Port River down at the North Arm. Tight Lines!
YORKE PENINSULA Port Broughton: Mates of mine found plenty of undersize KG whiting in the channel on Sunday as they managed a fish after the wild northerly and westerly winds of the past week - most fish had to be returned, but a 3 kilo snapper was a nice result. Thank you also to the local fisho' who towed their boat into the ramp after the starter motor cooked itself! Bigger KG whiting are further offshore, along with snapper and flathead. Wallaroo: I checked the boatramp here early on Sunday morning and there were six (6) hardy souls setting out for a fish. KG whiting of just legal size are in The Bay, rugger snapper at Point Riley, while off Tickera there are KG whiting, flathead and squid when the water clears. Schools of mullet are off Pont Riley and the southern marina breakwater. Moonta Bay/Port Hughes: Catches of KG whiting are much improved in the past couple of days with fish around the 36cm mark coming on to the bite during the late afternoons. Squid and KG whiting are at West Light and Cape Elizabeth, with a few rugger snapper at the Steamer channel. Point Turton: Salmon trout and mullet can be caught from the shore at The Pines and Point Souttar, while some very nice squid are off Port Rickaby and Hardwicke Bay. KG whiting and snapper have come from Corny Point. Tommies & small squid are at the jetty. Marion and Stenhouse Bays: Salmon up to 1 kilo have been caught from Daly Heads, Brown's beach and West Cape in recent days, all taking baits of very soft squid, cockle and small pieces of pilchard flesh. Boat crews have reported snapper from Marion Bay, squid from Sturt Bay and Hillocky's beach and nice tommies at Stenhouse Bay jetty. Edithburgh/Stansbury: Tommy ruffs and squid have come from both jetties in recent days, while boat crews have been enjoying snapper catches at Tapley shoals and the Marion Reef. Big KG whiting can be caught from the grounds about 500 metres off-shore at the Troubridge Light. Black Point/Ardrossan: Tommies and squid have been the main reports from Ardrossan jetty and the boat crews who managed a fish when sheltering from the north-westerlies last week. Undersize KG whiting are schooling at Long Spit, with a few bigger fish of the north-east artificial reef. Crews fishing inside the spit at Black Point caught KG whiting and squid. Tight Lines!
SOUTH EAST Salmon ranging from trouts up to 2 kilos have been caught along the Coorong at the 32 Mile & 47 Mile Crossings, Salt Creek & The Granites. Some decent sized salmon are also in the gutters at Canundra & down at the Glenelg river mouth. Garfish can be caught from Kingston, Little Dip & the Salmon Hole, just north of Nora Creina Bay, while kg whiting & squid have been landed at Beachport & South End. Big boats fishing the Continental Shelf have reported school bluefin tune around the 20 kilo mark, but the trip home has been rough with these recent winter daytime northerlies. Mullet are off Beachport, along with sweep, KG whiting & flathead. Boat crews fishing out from Kingston have done well on KG whiting, snapper, sweep & flathead, while local jetties have squid, mullet, garfish & salmon trout. Tight Lines!
FLEURIEU/SOUTH COAST 1. Goolwa: several reports of salmon up to 2 kilos have come in from locations at Chiton Rocks, Goolwa beach, Port Elliott and the river mouth, with pilchard strips being the preferred bait. Mullet can be caught inside the river at Mundoo Channel, Tauwitchere Barrage and Sugars beach, while mulloway have been intermittent at the river mouth and also Tauwitchere Point. I also have an upstream report of callop at Wellington and mullet at Meningie. 2. Victor Harbor: big squid and tommies have dominated local jetty and shore/rock based fishing over the weekend, with anglers braving the cold conditions doing well in the lead up to the change of tide. Boat crews have caught KG whiting, squid, flathead, tommies from inshore waters, while offshore fishing has red nannys, a couple of small Bluefin tuna and snapper. 3. Waitpinga/Parson's beaches: salmon have been steady right along this section of our coast, with some nice fish coming from Blow Hole beach, Waits and Morgan's beach. Parson's is also worth a try for mullet and tommies from the western end. 4. Cape Jervis/Rapid Bay: Fishery beach is still worth a try for salmon trout as the northerlies will continue on this week. Jetty fishing has squid, tommies and green mackerals, while boat crews have caught nice rugger snapper, squid and a few KG whiting. Snook are also off Rapid Bay in decent schools near Rapid Head. 5. Wirrina/Sellicks beach: Second Valley jetty fired up over the weekend with several lucky anglers doing quite well on big squid, as did boat crews working the grounds north-west of the Wirrina Marina. Winter garfish can be caught out from Sellicks down to Myponga, while boats also did well on squid and salmon trout off Carrackalinga and Lady Bay. Tight Lines!
JULY SEAFOOD RECIPE: Baird Bay lime & chilli squid. Ingredients: 2 whole squid tubes, cleaned. 3 red chillies, garlic flavoured olive oil, 2 limes, rocket leaves, 2 chopped avocadoes, sprinkle of crispy onions. Preparation: Mix two-thirds of the chillies and the garlic-infused oil in a large bowl and add the squid. Cover with cling film and leave them to marinate for at least 1 hr in the fridge. Just before serving, heat the barbecue or a griddle pan. Combine the avocado slices with the rocket & remaining chillies & divide between small plates or bowls. Place squid tubes on to hot plate, then when the squid feels slightly firm, turn over and press down, cooking for another 1 min. Remove and place on a board. Slice the squid into 1-2cm rings and top each salad with a few rings and some crispy onions. Serve half a charred lime on the side for squeezing over, with the remaining chilli scattered over and a drizzle of garlic oil. Enjoy with a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc. Bon Appetit!
EYRE PENINSULA + SPENCER GULF Excellent reports of salmon up to a massive 5.1 kilos have been coming in from the main surf beaches of Almonta, Sheringa, Lock's Well & Elliston! These fish were schooling well offshore in WA a few weeks back & the commercial net fisherman missed the mainbody of fish, hence the good size & numbers now here! KG whiting, squid, red mullet & garfish have all been caught from Streaky Bay just north of Eba Island. Most reports of snapper catches in Spencer Gulf have come from the western side inc Whyalla, Cowell & Tumby Bay. KG whiting, flathead, gar & tommies can be caught from Smoky Bay, while the jetty here & at Streaky Bay have tommies, squid & garfish. Off-shore islands have tuna, red nannys & kingfish, with some stand-out fishing sessions happening west of Waldegrave & Greenly Islands. Olive Island & the Dashwood Channel hold snapper, trevalley & big KG whiting respectively. Inside Coffin Bay boat crews are catching tommies, squid, snook & garfish. Nadia Landing & Davenport Creek have yellowfin whiting, snook & muulet, while Far West Coast beaches have snook, big tommies (especially at Fowler's Bay jetty), strongies, mulloway & salmon up to 4.7 kilograms! Claire Bay also has some good salmon & mullet catches at the moment. Kingfish are running from Point Lowly & then across the Gulf towards Pt Pirie & then on to the Steamer Channel out from Pt Hughes, with many fish in that nice 4-5 kilo range. KG whiting (although there are many undersize fish about, so care is needed), garfish, snook & snapper have been the other main reports from Whyalla through to Cowell, with several beaches (Germein Point, Cowled's Landing etc) holding mullet & flathead. KG whiting catches are improving off Port Neill & Louth Bay, with fish around the 33cm mark common. Good fish are also in Proper Bay & off Reevesby Island. Kingfish, red nannys & trevalley have been caught by Charter Boat crews at the back of Williams Island. The grounds at Baird's Bay & Acraman Creek have mullet & yellowfin whiting in-shore & kg whiting, garfish & tommies in waters over 8metres. Tight Lines!