Greg James
Fishing Reports and Hotspots

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AT A GLANCE! A special thx to all OUR VETS over ANZAC DAY/WEEK. METRO: Squid, medium KG whiting, red mullet & the odd bluey from West Beach, salmon trout from the Port River. Garfish & squid from Hallett Cove & Seacliff. YORKE PEN: Flathead & salmon trout from Marion Bay & Corny Point. KG whiting & gar from Edithburgh. Blueys & gar from Port Hughes. FLEURIEU: Mulloway from the River Mouth & Tauwitchere Point. Salmon trout from Basham's Beach, Gar, squid & KG whiting at Myponga & Wirrina. WEST COAST: KG whiting from Dashwood Channel & Eba Island grounds, gar & tommies from Venus & Baird's Bays. Tommies & squid from Coffin Bay, snapper from Point Lowly. SOUTH EAST: KG whiting from Kingston. Mullet & squid from Robe & Beachport. Mullet fron Stinky Beach. KANGAROO IS - American River has KG whiting, garfish & sand crabs, Emu Bay has KG whiting & flathead.

APRIL 2018

METRO WATERS I fished out from West Beach yesterday & we caught squid, a coupla KG whiting, red mullet & weedy whiting! Fresh squid worked well as bait. Some big squid have been caught off Port Stanvac & just north of the O'Sullivan's Beach boatramp & breakwater, with best results coming from boats drifting in the current & breeze. I caught some really nice sized garfish at Aldinga last week after a crappy boat launch from the beach - actually the launch went ok, but the retrieval put a couple of thousand litres of sandy salt water in the boat's arsecrack, which took some cleaning! Blueys & squid have been the main catches from Seacliff down to West Beach, but garfish are there as well as a yellowfin whiting & mullet along the local blue-line. Port Noarlunga has mullet, salmon trout & night-time mulloway off the beach (just north of the Onkaparinga river mouth) & some mullies up-river at the bend near 'The Point'. Some large but isolated KG whiting have come from Nth Haven, with several fish taking snapper baits on a trace line! Yellowfin whiting, mullet & salmon trout are being caught from the shore at Sellicks (Silver Sands) & right up to Moana & Triggs Beach - sand worms are by far the best baits! Crews chasing snapper have had a hard time in getting a feed in recent days, but night-time shots at the Gus Shoal & even over to Tapley Shoals (Edithburgh) have at least some positive results with pannies, ruggers & an occasional 5kg fish coming in. Bream are in The Pat & off West Lakes for shore-based anglers wanting to flick a light line, while up in the Port River system we still have salmon trout & mullet, for both boat crews & anglers from the shore. Tight Lines!

YORKE PENINSULA Port Broughton: A few rugger snapper have come from the Illusions wreck and the Jurassic Park grounds, but many of the bigger fish seem either north towards Whyalla or west to the Plank Shoals. Garfish, blueys and snook have been the other main reports. Wallaroo: The jetty had a grain ship in during the week and another waiting off-shore, but that didn't stop anglers trying their luck for blueys, squid and small kg whiting. Local boat crews had windy weather to contend with, but when they did launch they caught King George (KG) whiting from the Ballast and Boiler grounds, gar and squid from Point Riley and blueys from Myponie Point. Moonta Bay/Port Hughes: A few nice squid have come from the jetties before the winds hit on Sunday, along with gar, blue crabs and tommy ruffs (Australian herring). Mullet and the odd yellowfin whiting have been caught from The Gap and boat crews have done well on garfish and squid from Tiparra Reef. Port Victoria: KG whiting catches have improved in the past couple of weeks, along with squid, rugger snapper and blue crabs. The jetty has a few blueys and squid. Point Turton: The Inner Banks grounds have KG whiting and flathead, along with pesky red mullet and green mackerals. Port Rickaby boat crews have caught squid and garfish, while west at Point Souttar there are catches of garfish, mullet, squid and small KG whiting. Corny Point and Berry Bay grounds have snapper to 5 kilograms. Marion and Stenhouse Bays: I spent all of last week working on a new floor for my house in this neck of the woods, and shore-based anglers have been doing quite well on mullet and salmon trout from Brown's beach, Gleeson's Landing, Gym beach and Hillocky's Landing. Sturt Bay has flathead and mullet inshore. Boat crews are reporting tuna, trevalley, red nannys, squid and snapper. Edithburgh: Snapper and gurnards have been caught at Tapley Shoals and Marion Reef, while Coobowie grounds have small garfish, squid and small KG whiting. Mullet and salmon trout can be caught from Sultana Passage and Klein's Point. Stansbury: I checked out the deserted boat-ramp here on Sunday as those south westerlies belted through and only the crazy jetty-based anglers were about to enjoy (?) some fishing. A few blueys came from the jetty, while earlier in the week boat crews caught squid, salmon trout, rugger snapper and KG whiting. Ardrossan: KG whiting catches improved in the lead up to the cool change over the weekend and I did receive an unconfirmed report of snapper at Gus Shoal and the artificial reef. Jetty fishing has squid, mullet and blueys. Tight Lines!

SOUTH EAST Calmy weather greeted boaties & shore-based anglers alike just before ANZAC WEEK, but the ever-present risk of big ocean swells is always here, so plan your trip & take extra care. Good reports for shore-based salmon fishing have come in from the Coorong, esp in that time when the winds drop & the sandy gutters are clear & full of fresh sea water! The waters from Kingston down to Robe have flathead, big kg whiting, salmon trout & mullet - with some nice garfish off the back of the semi-submerged shallow reef systems at Boatswain's Point & Little Dip. Mulloway, gummy sharks & salmon to 2 kilos can be caught from the beach at The Granites & Policeman's Point & the Salmon Hole north of Nora Creina Bay has fish around the 500gm mark. Try fishing the sandy hole just south of this beach for monster flathead on a big swell. Crews fishing the drop-offs & 50m depths from Port MacDonnell have caught tuna & kingfish on hard-body lures where the steel hook is set independently to the trace & lure. KG whiting, flathead & salmon trout are off South End & mullet can be caught from the town drain (Lake George exit) on the road running into Beachport. Jetty fishing has a mix of squid, tommy ruffas & mullet - again with a few gar at Kingston & Robe. Surf-fishing along the Coorong has salmon off Mike's Point, Salt Creek & the 32 Mile Crossing. Fishing the mouth of the Glenelg river on the border of Mexico has mulloway & mullet in the gutters on the south-eastern side of the main water flows. Estuary perch & school mulloway can be caught from Donovan's. Tight Lines!

FLEURIEU/SOUTH COAST 1. Goolwa: mullet and salmon trout are again inside the river mouth and generally right through the lower channels and systems. Sugars Beach, Tauwitchere Barrage and the Mundoo channel all are producing reasonably steady fish. Mulloway are at the river mouth, along with a couple of nice full-sized salmon along the northern reaches of the Coorong. Boat crews able to identify the moving salt water levels are having good success as they can pick up fish feeding along the changing levels of water. 2. Victor Harbor: the south westerly winds ripped in again over the weekend and only the hardy souls fished the wharf at The Bluff and the Screwpile jetty for squid, mullet and tommies. Prior to the storms, boats fished well for snapper, squid, KG whiting and garfish. 3. Waitpinga: shore-based surf-casters have reported salmon here, Parson's beach and around at Deep Creek, along with a couple of flathead and mullet caught from King's beach. 4. Cape Jervis/Rapid Bay: tuna continue their run through Backstairs Passage and as the weather improves this week, we should see catches continue from the Banks and onwards down to off-shore at Victor. Squid and tommy ruffs have been the other main reports from both jetties and off the rocks from the north-eastern end of Rapid Bay. 5. Wirrina: big squid are in close to shore as many rock-fishers found last week, with some decent catches coming from Wirrina, Normanville and Second Valley. Jetty fishing has a few squid, while boat crews fishing out from Myponga to Sellicks caught KG whiting, squid and rugger snapper. Tight Lines!

ANZAC DAY SEAFOOD RECIPE: Plum Pudding Island Seafood Soup with a ginger broth (Plum Pudding Island is in the Solomon Islands - and where John F Kennedy hid from the Japanese in 1942!). Ingredients: seafood inc. fish pieces, chopped prawns, squid, 6-8 scallops. Ginger, crushed garlic, pepper, two chopped carrots, 2 chopped onions, lemon rind, splash of soya sauce, olive oil, 1-2 litres of chicken broth, teaspoon of sesame oil. Preparation: Heat oil in large saucepan then add garlic, ginger, lemon peel and pepper. Cook gently, add broth, soy sauce and lemon juice and bring to boil. Add carrots. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add scallops, prawns, chopped squid, sesame oil and onions. Cook for just a few minutes then serve sprinkled with coriander & a glass of cold pinot gris! LEST WE FORGET!!

EYRE PENINSULA + SPENCER GULF 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. Blue crabs, 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 blueys, garfish & snook & the Far West Coast beaches have snook, big tommies (especially at Fowler's Bay jetty), strongies, mulloway & salmon up to 3 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. Blueys, garfish, snook & snapper have been the other main reports from Whyalla through to Cowell, with several beaches (Germein Point, Cowled's Landing etc) holding yellowfin whiting & 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. Venus Bay has salmon trout, mullet, gar & squid, while local surf beaches at Talia, Lock's Well & Sheringa have salmon from trouts up to 2 kgs! The grounds at Baird's Bay & Acraman Creek have mullet & yellowfin whiting in-shore & kg whiting, garfish & tommies in waters over 8metres. Tight Lines!