Greg James
Fishing Reports and Hotspots



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Reports:

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE! CHECK OUT my latest GPS Marks of SA book - just $14-95 over 800 Statewide marks!! 1. Metro: garfish & tommies at Bower Rd, Semaphore & St Kilda, KG whiting from the deeper water at Port Stanvac & O'Sullivan's Beach. Squid & flathead from Hallett Cove, Brighton & Glenelg. Snapper & mulloway at Nth Haven & Outer Harbour. 2. Yorke Pen: tuna, red nannys & flathead from Marion Bay, Blueys & squid at Port Vic, garfish in Moonta Bay & KG whiting at Edithburgh. 3. Fleurieu Pen: tuna & kingfish at The Pages, KG whiting at Wirrina & Victor H., tommies & mullet from Cape Jervis & Morgan's Beach. 4. West Coast: yellowfin whiting at Whyalla & Cowell, squid & snapper from Arno Bay. Kingfish at Coffin Bay, KG whiting at Venus Bay & Streaky.

MARCH 19-31, 2019



METRO WATERS GREG'S POPULAR WEEKLY RADIO FISHING SEGMENT IS BACK ON! 10.20am ABC Adelaide (891) every Friday morning - freecall 1300222891 or sms 0467922891! Garfish are in decent schools right along most sections of our Metro coast, with good fish coming from Grange, West Beach, Brighton, Semaphore & Nth Haven. Squid & Tommy McRuffas are also at Brighton, Seacliff & Marino. KG whiting catches have been patchy, but Wonga Shoals, the Star wreck & Outer Harbour channel all have a few fish up to 38cm. A tip here is to use only a small amount of berley AFTER your boat is on the mark for 4-5 mins. Blue crabs can be caught from Middle Beach, Port Gawler & St Kilda, but watch their weight as a few are without meat & not worth taking. Snook & gar can be found at the AAMI & Bower Road grounds, along with flathead & tommies. Mullet & late season yellowfin whiting have continued at Port Noarlunga/Triggs, Tennyson & Seacliff. The Port River has mullet & lots of small salmon trout. Snapper catches are coming from Southern Metro & South Coast waters with fish to 8 kilos at Aldinga, Seaford & Carrackalinga. Tight Lines!

SOUTH COAST/FLEURIEU PENINSULA 1. Goolwa: quite decent schools of mullet have now entered the lower lakes and Upper Coorong with fish being caught at the river mouth, Tauwitchere Barrage and Goolwa and Mundoo channels. Night-time mulloway are taking baits along the Coorong all the way down to Policeman's Point, with a good high tide needed to bring them into the lakes system itself. 2. Victor Harbor: several boats fishing not far from shore caught Bluefin tuna on Saturday before the cool change, along with bigger craft that fished The Pages and Sanders Bank. Squid and tommies are at The Bluff and mullet can be caught from the shore at Middleton and Chiton Rocks. Garfish and squid have been the other main reports. 3. Cape Jervis/Rapid Bay: tuna, red nannys and big sweep came from across Backstairs Passage at Cape Willoughby, along with kingfish and a few KG whiting. Local jetty fishing has ruffs and squid, while boats fishing out from Rapid Head caught salmon and flathead. 4. Wirrina/Sellicks Beach: snapper up to 4 kilos have been caught from Aldinga, Wirrina and Myponga as far north as Seaford on baits of soft squid and pilchards. A few late season yellowfin whiting have come in from Sellicks Beach and Silver Sands, while mullet and squid are at several local jetties inc. Second Valley and Normanville. Tight Lines!

SOUTH EAST Kingston continues with its stand out KG whiting catches with fish up to 47cm coming in from the grounds south of Margaret Brock reef, although the state of the boat ramp is still dodgy, especially on a srong north westerly fetch or swell. Gar & tommies are at the local Kingston jetty & mulloway can be caught from The Granites & Salt Creek. Salmon are also off the 32 Mile Crossing & The Granites. Jetty fishing from Beachport has ruffs, squid & mullet while the surfers beach on the Robe intersection has salmon trout & sharks. Snapper to 8 kilos have been caught from Carpenter's Rocks & Port MacDonnell, garfish & big tommies from Little Dip & South End, plus late season crays (rock lobsters, but you need a permit from PIRSA Fisheries/Aquaculture) at Robe, Little Dip & Beachport. Tuna & albacore are along the continental shelf at Port MacDonnell (big boat waters) & closer to shore there are gar & mullet at Cape Northumberland & bream & mulloway at the Glenelg river. Tight Lines!

YORKE PENINSULA The GPS marks for the snapper closure at Tapley Shoals (Edithburgh) are: 137 56.200E x 35 06.100S. Please check www.pirsa.sa.gov.au for further details. Port Broughton: A few late season yellowfin whiting came from the entry channel and out from the old boat-ramp on the high tides last week. Offshore boat crews are chasing squid, snapper, kingfish and gar. Wallaroo: The dodge tide over the weekend saw undersize KG whiting in the Bay and out at the Boiler grounds, so care is needed that only legal fish are keepers. Gar and tommies came from Bird Island, Tickera and Point Riley. The jetty has a few blueys and tommy ruffs. Port Hughes - Moonta Bay: Gar, tommy ruffs and squid came in from West Light and Cape Elizabeth. Snook and gar can be caught from both jetties at night along with squid and green mackerals. Port Victoria/Balgowan: I checked out this neck of the woods late last week and blue crabs were the main catches at Port Vic, Balgowan and Chinamen's Well. Squid and snapper are offshore at Goose Island, while the jetty has blueys and squid. Point Turton: Flathead, squid and garfish are in the northern stretches of broken ground in Hardwicke Bay, while The Pines has KG whiting along the blue line and gar and squid as well. The jetty has been quiet. Marion Bay: Tommies and squid were caught at Stenhouse Bay jetty overnight last Friday, along with some big gar and snook. Mullet have started their run at Butler's and Brown's beaches, while offshore boats chased red nannys, snapper and trevalley before the strong south westerlies blew in on Sunday. Edithburgh/Stansbury: Tommies and the odd squid came from the jetties at Edithburgh and Stansbury last week. Several crews found snapper north of Tapley Shoals, snook at the Orontes Bank while boats fishing inshore at Port Vincent, Coobowie Bay and Sultana Passage caught blueys, gar, ruffs and squid. Ardrossan: Snapper, garfish and blue crabs were the main reports from boats fishing grounds out off Black Point to Ardrossan. The jetty has mullet and squid, while several small tinnies fishing out from Port Julia caught salmon trout and squid.Tight Lines!

MARCH SEAFOOD RECIPE Port Broughton Fish Ball and Noodle Soup with Coriander and Snow Peas. Ingredients: 1 litre fish or chicken stock, splash of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, herbs of star anise, coriander, ginger & garlic, 200 gms snow peas, bush lime zest, 300 gms rice noodles and 1 kilo of fish fillets with skin removed (leather jacket, mullet, salmon, tommy ruff) Preparation: Bring a mixture of the stock, star anise, brown sugar, soy sauce & ginger to boil on high heat & then simmer for 10-12 mins (ie a reduction). Blend (food processor) the fish, lime zest, garlic & coriander with salt & pepper to taste & then roll mix into balls. Cover noodles with boiling water & then separate (leave in water initially for 8 mins). Strain original stock mixture & reheat in a pan, adding fish balls & cook for 10 mins. Add snow peas and ladle soup with fish balls & snow peas over the noodles. Serve with a glass of your favourite crisp & spicy white wine. Bon Appetit!

EYRE PENINSULA + SPENCER GULF Here are the GPS marks for the snapper closure at Point Lowly: 137 48.300E x 31 01.000S. This area is closed to snapper fishing until midday Dec 15, 2019 - check www.pirsa.sa.gov.au for full details. Squid & tommies are in Louth Bay & off the wharf at Port Lincoln, with late afternoons appearing as the most productive time to fish. Mullet have started their run along the coast at Port Neill & Tumby Bay with bloodworms & soft cockle working well as baits. There is tuna offshore for the bigger boats at Greenly & Rocky Islands, while snapper reports are for fish around 5 kilos at Longnose Point & Waldegrave Island. Venus Bay has squid, KG whiting & garfish, while Baird's Bay has good gar, squid & snook. Acraman Creek has mullet & salmon trout, while Smoky Bay has KG whiting, squid & good sized blue crabs. The Dashwood Channel grounds north of Streaky Bay are holding big but not large numbers of KG whiting, while inside the Bay there are tommies, squid & garfish. Ceduna Has snook, gar & blue crabs. Snapper can be caught from the Leeton Tug at Whyalla & there are snapper & kingies off Cowell & the Spilsby Island group. Salmon fishing is hit & miss from Elliston surf beaches, with most fish coming from either Lock's Well or Sheringa. Tight Lines!