Greg James
Fishing Reports and Hotspots

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  1. Metro waters: salmon trout, mullet & bream in the Port River, blueys at Grange & Semaphore. Garfish & yellowfin whiting from St Kilda, Thompson's beach & Nth Haven.
  2. Fleurieu Pen, Riverland & freshwater: squid at Moana, Rapid Bay, Cape Jervis & The Bluff. KG whiting from Victor, Wirrina & Carrackalinga. Callop from Blanchetown & Cadell. Silver perch from the Bundler Res.
  3. Yorke Pen: Pt Hughes jetty remains closed. KG whiting at Tiparra Reef & Cape E. Blueys at Ardrossan & Stansbury. Tommies & gar at Moonta Bay.
  4. South East & Coorong: salmon at Beachport & Salt Creek. Garfish at Port Mac & Cape Livingstone. Squid & ruffs from the Kingston jetty.
  5. Eyre Pen & Upper Spencer Gulf: Yellowfin whiting at Pt Lincoln, Cowell & Venus Bay. Squid at Streaky & Smoky Bays. Blueys at Ceduna. There is a new 12 month rec fishing closure from Pt Pirie to Pt Germein.
  6. Kangaroo Is: Kingscote jetty has squid & garfish. Red nannygai, sweep & snook offshore at Antechamber Bay.

SEPTEMBER 19-30, 2020

REMEMBER OUR MILITARY HISTORY! Mid-Sept 1955 & the brave young Lads of 2nd Battalion RAR land in Malaya to fight back against the aggression of local Communist guerillas. Miss you mate - Corp Trevor Carpenter 2RAR.........LEST WE FORGET.

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METRO WATERS Mid Sept & the whiting reports continue their downward trend, unfortunately. Grange tyre reef had some tingas to just legal size last week when the tidal movement passed 1 metre each shift (ie. 1 metre height between the high & low marks). Boat crews that moved every 10-15 mins seemed to do best. We can expect catches of gar, squid & blueys to continue to come into local waters, starting around Middle Beach, Port Gawler & St Kilda., then further south to West Beach, Grange etc. Flathead, tommies & squid were caught out from Pt Noarlunga & Hallett Cove also during the week, with a couple of big snook picked up off Moana Beach as well. Shore-based anglers are catching mullet & salmon trout along several stretches of the Onkaparinga River, with a couple of nice mulloway after dusk, Triggs surf beach (straight down from the surfers carpark) or hitting the Tennyson foreshore early for mullet & yellowfin whiting. The Pt Noarlunga jetty has salmon trout during the day & night-time gar & squid. Boat crews are also fishing West Beach, Glenelg & Largs Bay for flathead, red mullet, tommies & the odd bluey.

FLEURIEU/UPPER COORONG/RIVERLAND Goolwa, Upper Coorong and Riverland: Anglers fished from the shore and by boat from No: 19 Beacon and along the Barrage road last week for bream, school mulloway and salmon trout. The Scab and Mundoo channels have also been quite good for mullet and salmon trout. Rock fishing from Middleton around the Ocean Road has rockies, small sweep and a couple of nice flathead. Upstream anglers are catching red fin and callop from Nildottie and Bow End. Victor Harbor: Bashams Beach and Port Elliot are worth a try for mullet, flathead, salmon trout and squid at the moment. Watsons Gap and Knights Beach have sweep and an early season school mulloway after dusk. A few bream have been reported in the Inman River. Offshore fishing has KG whiting, squid, gar and tommy ruffs at Broady's Patch and Yiki Bay. Red nannygai, sweep and snook are at The Pages in reasonable numbers. Waitpinga/Fisheries Beaches: Squid, rockies and sweep have been caught from the rocks at Fisheries Beach in recent days with smaller salmon off the sandy shore section. Waits and Parson's have been quiet but an early morning fish should soon have salmon to 1 kilo in the western end gutters. Cape Jervis/Carrackalinga: Sportfishers should be targeting mullet, bream and salmon trout in the Bungala River as Spring approaches. Tommies and squid were caught from the Normanville jetty last week. Boat crews fishing Backstairs Passage has sweep, whiting, flathead and squid, while local jetty fishing is good for ruffs and squid. Gar and snook should be good species to target at Lady Bay and Myponga beaches in coming days.

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.

YORKE PENINSULA BREAKING NEWS! I personally checked the Pt Hughes jetty on Sep 5 & it is closed UFN. Wallaroo: I spent time on the jetty on Sunday with blueys and squid the main catches. The opened access gates allowed visitors and locals alike to gain entry for the entire length but most fishing activity was in the first 100 metres or so. Northerlies to 20 knots limited boat crews to the odd trip into the Bay and just south of the jetty for squid, blue crabs and KG whiting. Port Hughes/Moonta Bay: The Moonta Bay jetty is worth a try for early morning squid. Boat crews are reporting gar, squid, whiting, snook and blueys. Port Victoria: Whiting to 37cm have come from the grounds offshore at Port Vic, Balgowlah and Chinaman Wells. Blueys and garfish have been the other main reports. Point Turon: Charter boat anglers again did well on the whiting at drops out from Point Souttar and The Banks, although northerly winds in the past week have limited most boating activities. Jetty fishing has ruffs and squid after dusk. Marion/Stenhouse Bays: Brown's and Gym's beaches fired up late last week with salmon around 1 kilo making welcome appearances. Local jetty fishing has some nice big tommies at night, while boat crews are fishing for flathead, whiting, red nannygai and squid. Edithburgh/Stansbury: Blue crabs are on the move around Coobowie and east of the old Stansbury boatramp. Tapley shoals has gurnards, whiting and the occasional nice flounder on a cocktail bait of fresh cockle and pilchard flesh. Both jetties have evening tommies, squid and blueys. Ardrossan: Garfish catches are steadily improving as the warmer weather crept in last week and boat crews are also chasing whiting, flathead and blue crabs. The jetty has squid, blueys and ruffs.

KANGAROO ISLAND Kingscote fishing has whiting, squid & flathead for boat crews fishing the early high tides, while the jetty has tommies, squid & salmon trout. Emu Bay is worth the drive for whiting, squid & big flathead, but Sept often brings strong northerly winds (which are rough & onshore for here). Vivonne Bay has tommies, squid & salmon trout.

SEPTEMBER SEAFOOD RECIPE Spicy salmon fish cakes: Ingredients: 300gms cooked salmon (in pieces), 2 eggs, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tbsp ginger, 1/4 cup green onions, finely diced, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 cup panko crumbs, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, dash of cooking oil. 1 chopped chilli. Preparation: Gently combine salmon, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and green onions in a bowl. Add lemon juice and 2 eggs. In a second bowl, add panko and sesame seeds. Then add cooking oil to a fry pan and heat to medium. Roll and flatten each fish cake and coat with panko mix on both sides. Pan fry each fish cake for approx 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve with green onions, chopped red chilli peppers and a spicy dipping sauce. Bon Appetit!

WEST COAST/EYRE PENINSULA There is a new 12 month rec fishing closure in the waters from Pt Pirie (northwards) to Pt Germein - caused by heavy metal contamination - check the PIRSA website for specific details. Great catches of KG whiting have come from the waters north of Streaky Bay around Dashwood Channel & Perlubie. Big schools of squid are also just offshore at Acraman Creek & the Perlubie cliffs! Some absolutely outstanding salmon over 3 kilos have been caught from several West Coast beaches, inc. Gunyah, Sheringa & Convention - hungry little monstas taking fresh pilchards on double-ganged hooks. 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 & Venus Bays, along with flathead, green mackerals, red mullet & squid. Big squid are also inside Coffin Bay, plus some nice 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 blue crabs, KG whiting, tommies & squid, with several boats also finding yellowtail kingfish off Point Lowly & Weeroona Bay. If you intend fishing around Port Pirie, there are some new restrictions at 1st & 2nd Creeks based on recent water contamination findings. Some very nice dusky flathead have come from Tumby Bay, Pt Neill & Pt Lincoln foreshores.