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AT A GLANCE! METRO: Squid, rugger snapper & garfish from Brighton, Glenelg & Christies Beach. Blueys & flathead @ Nth Haven, St Kilda & Outer Harbour. YORKE PEN: Tommies & squid from Marion & Stenhouse Bay jetties. Snapper & Blueys from Port Hughes, mulloway from Yorkes Point, garfish at Corny Point & Balgowan. FLEURIEU: Tommies, rugger snapper & squid at Wirrina, Lady Bay & Myponga. Mulloway at the Tauwithchere Barrage, salmon trouts from Chiton Rocks/Port Elliott. Tuna from the Ferris Bank. SOUTH EAST: snapper & KG whiting from Carpenters Rocks & South End. Sweep & flathead at Robe & Little Dip. Tommies & Garfish from Kingston. WEST COAST: mulloway & salmon from Point Sinclair, salmon at Venus Bay/Elliston, KG whiting from Streaky & Smoky Bays, blueys & snook from Cowell.
METRO WATERS SURPRISE SNAPPER RECIPE: Lemon & pepper barbequed snapper with a salsa/greens Ingredients: 4-6 snapper fillets, 2 large red tomatoes, 1 chopped chilli, 1 white onion, mint, teaspoon caperberries, olive oil, pepper, half-bunch baby broccoli, asparagus spears , sprinkle of lemon rind. Preparation: make a salsa by combining chilli, chopped tomatoes, onion, capers & mint in a bowl. Pad dry the fish fillets & season with pepper & lemon rind. Cook asparagus & broccoli on a med-high BBQ with olive oil, then repeat process with the fish. Cook for approx. 3 mins. Catches of both blueys & sand crabs continue along local metro beaches from as far south as Aldinga/Sellicks northwards up to Brighton, Glenelg, Grange & Semaphore. Gar, tommies, lotsa puffers & snook can be caught at West Beach, Grange, Glenelg (tyre reef) & Marino, while blueys are steady from Largs, Semaphore, North Haven & St Kilda! The Port Noarlunga jetty has garfish & salmon trout, while the Onkaparinga River has mulloway at The Point after dark & bream closer to the river mouth itself. Seacliff & Marino Rocks have gar, tommies & a few squid - after the massive over-fishing there by commercial 'fishers' only a few weeks ago. Local metro jetties have produced squid, blueys & ruffs with the best tip being gents & a steady berley trail for the best results. Snapper are off southern metro waters with The Pipes & the local artificial reef but you have to be fishing well before dawn with berley, fresh bait & light gear. Further north snapper reports have been ok, with Gus Shoal, Long Spit & the Star wreck holding fish up to 5 kilos. Please respect the spatial closure ruling out from Ardrossan & in northern Spencer Gulf. I have had an unconfirmed report of tommies in decent schools off Hallett Cove, so these great little fresh-eating fish should also be at the Horseshoe Reef (Christies Beach) & even off the breakwater at the O'Sullivan's Beach boat-ramp. If you can get a sheltered spot in the Port River, then bream & salmon trout are in reasonable numbers along the main channel that runs into the Small Boat Owners 'marina'. Bream like underwater structure & green prawns are always a good bait. West Beach anglers have been catching reasonably steady numbers of garfish, small ruffs & squid, with local shore-based fishing producing mullet & salmon trout. Bloodworms are working well as bait for these anglers. Tight Lines!
YORKE PENINSULA Check out full Yorke Peninsula details from my column in the Yorke Peninsula Country Times (www.ypct.com.au) each & every week! Wallaroo: Quite a few kayaks enjoyed the early morning warm weather last week and caught squid and tommies (Australian herring) between the tug mooring and the jetty, as well as north at Point Riley. Boat crews caught a few blueys, rugger snapper, snook and garfish. Moonta Bay/Port Hughes: Steamer channel had huge numbers of rec fishing boats along its entire length over the long weekend, with small kingies and rugger snapper being the main catches. Tiparra Reef has gar, squid and only a few KG (King George) whiting. Jetty anglers caught yellowfin whiting, gar, snook and tommies. Port Victoria: KG whiting catches have been steady, along with snook, gar and blue crabs. The jetty has some big snook at dusk. Point Turton: The Bankes have rugger snapper, KG whiting and small sharks. Boat crews fishing closer to shore caught garfish, tommies and snook. Jetty fishing is quiet, but there are snook and squid available late evenings. Anglers fishing The Pines and Corny Point caught a mix of gar, squid, snook and snapper. Marion and Stenhouse Bays: Reports of catches of southern Bluefin tuna have come in from The Althorpes and out from Pondalowie Bay. Snapper and trevalley can be caught well out from Marion Bay, along with big, but scattered KG whiting and squid. Local jetty fishing has tommies and squid. Edithburgh: Snapper have been caught from Troubridge Light and Marion Reef, with small ruggers in Rocky Gully and near the submerged reefs off the eastern side of Troubridge Island. Garfish and yellowfin whiting are in The Bay and out from Klein's Point. Stansbury/Port Vincent: Rakers continue to enjoy nice catches of blue crabs out from The Hut and other local beaches where access permission has been granted. KG whiting, flathead, blueys and garfish are also being landed. Ardrossan: For shore-based anglers there are blueys to be raked and yellowfin whiting coming in right along the coast from Point Julia down to James Well. Boat crews have caught snapper, squid, blueys and garfish. Tight Lines!
SOUTH EAST 4WD & shore-based surf fishers fishing the upper reaches of the Coorong north of Salt Creek & the 32 Mile Crossing have landed decent mulloway (up to 7 kilos) & some very decent salmon (up to 3 kilos). The 42 Mile Crossing & The Granites also hold a few fish. Boats fishing Kingston to Robe are catching rock lobster (permit required & gear registration is mandatory), snapper, trevalley, sweep, kg whiting, tommies & garfish, with a couple of flathead out from the grounds near Boatswain's Point. Big squid & ruffs can be caught from Port MacDonnell & Beachport jetties & there are still 34-36cm kg whiting in & around the moorings just east of the Beachport jetty. A big thx to a member from Greg James Fishing for his nice report of 53cm kg whiting from Cape Jaffa & the fact the Kingston boat-ramp has been closed - so maybe check before you go! Nora Creina Bay has gar & mullet, Poorman's Beach has sweep, salmon trout & big flathead from the surfer's beach out from the proposed Golf Course! South at the Victorian/SA Border at the Glenelg river we have mulloway at the local Brown's Beach/Bay gutters, Donovans & the river mouth. Bream, big mullet & estuary perch are also upstream from the 3rd Marker. Tight Lines!
FLEURIEU/SOUTH COAST Sellicks-Wirrina: I tried for a fish myself along this section of our beautiful South Coast last week and there were anglers pretty much everywhere, either on local jetties or en-masse at the boat-ramp! The good news is that there are squid and sand-crabs close inshore at Aldinga, Sellicks and Silver Sands beaches. A few yellowfin whiting were also caught just to the left of the beach access at Silver Sands. Wirrina has small to medium KG whiting, squid and garfish. Jetty fishing was problematic with so many anglers trying their luck, but a few squid came from Normanville at dusk. Rapid Bay: tommies, squid and salmon trout have been the main reports from shore-based and jetty anglers. Boat anglers caught snapper when jigging for tuna from the deep water drops off Cape Jervis. Snook and flathead have been the other main reports. Waitpinga/Parsons Beaches: both these locations have experienced heavy foot traffic in recent days/weeks and a friendly reminder is for people to keep their rubbish to a minimum, inc disposal of plastic refuse, old bait etc. Salmon of various sizes are in the gutters and at the back of the bigger swells, with most fish weighing in around the 800gm mark. Victor Harbor: Off-shore boat crews have caught tuna up to 30kgs from the Sanders Bank and right out past The Pages. Smaller fish (around 10kgs) are closer to shore out from The Bluff, while other crews have caught KG whiting, squid and garfish.and shore-based anglers are catching small flathead, salmon trout, tommies and squid. Goolwa: salmon trout and school mulloway are back on the fishing agenda from several local beaches and inside the river mouth in the vicinity of Mundoo Channel & also over at the Tauwitchere Point end of the Barrage. Upper Coorong fishing has mulloway, salmon and mullet right along the peninsula. Tight Lines!
KANGAROO ISLAND Penneshaw - early season mullet, flathead, gar, sand crabs. Antechamber Bay - KG whiting, snook, gar, tommies, flathead. Vivonne Bay - rock & shore-based fishing for small trevalley, sweep, salmon trout, mullet, tommies. Stokes Bay - KG whiting, mullet, squid. Kingscote - garfish, mullet, ruffas, sand crabs, flathead. Pennington Bay - KG whiting, salmon trout, tommies, sweep, tailor, mulloway. Snellings Beach (4WD) - Big flathead, salmon, trevalley, snapper. Tight Lines!
UPPER SPENCER GULF + WEST COAST The spatial closures for snapper fishing are over! February is the month for good snapper fishing, so make your plans for The Illusions wreck, The Plank Shoal & Jurassic Park out from Port Pirie, Port Broughton & Myponie Point. Last week when a few bigger boats launched from Port Broughton, they caught fish up to 9 kilos, using baits of mushy squid heads & pilchards. Fishing before dawn brought about better results. Port Pirie anglers also have flathead, garfish & blueys PLUS plenty of the infamous & dreaded 'Fishe de shite' - aka trumpeters. Snapper & Kingies have been caught from The Rip at Point Lowly, while gar, blueys & squid can be caught from Cockle Spit & Blanche Harbour. Port Augusta anglers are reporting snapper, kingfish, blueys & garfish! Snook, mullet, gar & yellowfin whiting are in the false entrance to Franklin Harbour (that's to your left as you putt-putt out from Franklin Harbour) & Germein Spit has mullet, yellowfin whiting & blue crabs for rakers. Spalding Cove & Proper Bay have tommies, medium kg whiting, garfish & a few squid, while around at Coffin Bay we have kingies off Longnose Point, garfish, ruffas & flathead inside the Bay. Salmon trouts are at Venus Bay, Sheringa & Talia beaches. Flathead, gar & tommies can be caught from Smoky Bay, while the jetty here & at Streaky Bay have tommies, squid & garfish. Davenport Creek west of Ceduna has 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! Tight Lines!