Greg James
Fishing Reports and Hotspots

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AT A GLANCE: METRO - Local waters have a real mix of Spring fishing species, esp yellowfin whiting, blueys, squid, gar, ruffs & snook! A few KG whiting are still at West Beach, but you have to be fishing before dawn. YORKES - blueys, squid & snook can be caught from Wallaroo through to Clements Gap, KG whiting are best at Pt Hughes/Balgowan, garfish & ruffs at Edithburgh. WEST COAST - 3 kilo salmon & some 8 kilo mulloway at Scott's Beach, smaller fish at Venus Bay. Gar & squid from Sleaford Bay, blueys & snook from Cowell. FLEURIEU: KG whiting at Lady Bay, squid & ruffs from Rapid Bay, salmon from Goolwa & Murray River mouth.

NOVEMBER 6-20, 2017!

METRO WATERS BREAKING NEWS! Special Offer! From the end of this month (Nov)! YOU can receive 12 (twelve) months FREE membership of my website if you insure your boat with Club Marine through the link above. This can apply to new and used boats so don't delay. Includes a personalised copy of my GPS Marks of SA book (2018 Greg James SA Fishing Pathfinder - 3rd Edition!) Email me: It is all kosher, no bulldust, a genuine offer! Yellowfin whiting can be caught by boat or from the shore at Port Praham, Lights Beach & along sections of the St Kilda breakwater on fresh baits of bloodworms & small pieces of soft pilchard flesh. Blue crabs are steady from Outer Harbour & Nth Haven, along with squid, garfish & tommy ruffas, while KG whiting reports are slow as Spring advances. I am hearing of a few very early morning KGW at West Beach & the Wonga Shoals, but you have to be on the marks before dawn. Further south there are a few salmon trout & yellowfin whiting at Tennyson & Seacliff, while bream & salmon trout can be caught from Southport & Triggs beaches. Squid & garfish have been caught at Hallet Cove, Seacliff & Brighton & there are several large schools of snook here & up around Glenelg & Grange. Boats fishing up to 1 kilometre in a line directly out from the Semaphore jetty reported garfish, squid, ruffs, red mullet & blueys. The Goanna grounds should have KG whiting taking baits after the late afternoon sea breezes, which makes the timing of your run important. The trick is to arrive just as the wind is dropping enough to allow to throw out the pick & settle in for a good fish, with steady berley & fresh squid or cockle as your preferred bait. Closer to shore & slightly south we have garfish & blueys at the AAMI grounds & out from the old fort at Largs Bay. Tight Lines! FRIDAYS 10.30am! Here's the Podcast link to my weekly ABC Adelaide radio fishing segment: - every Friday straight after 10.30am - sms 0467922891 or freecall 1300222891.

YORKE PENINSULA Squid & blue crabs at Wallaroo, salmon from The Dust Hole, garfish & squid at Coobowie & Edithburgh. KG whiting at Port Hughes & Balgowan. Check out full Yorke Peninsula details from my column in the Yorke Peninsula Country Times ( each & every week! Tight Lines!

SOUTH EAST Boat crews fishing out from Kingston reported KG whiting, flathead, tommies & squid in the past few days, but they had to start early, as the afternoon sea breezes really belted in. Garfish, mullet & sweep are on the close in-shore grounds at Robe & Boatswains Point. Flathead, kg whiting & salmon trout can be caught at the Robe Salmon Hole, the south eastern corner of the Robe Surfers Beach while the off-shore reefs have sweep, trevalley & early season rock lobsters (aka crayfish). Please remember that PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture have clear & set recreational fishing rules for crays, inc. gear registration/permits & handling/size & bag limits. Further south the beaches at Beachport & Canundra have salmon to 2 kilos, while boat crews fishing Livingstones & Port Mac have done well in recent days on garfish, tommies & squid. The Upper South East coast jetties at Kingston, Robe & Beachport have squid, tommies, gar & mullet. Shore-based fishing at Salt Creek, 32 Mile & The Granites has salmon, mulloway & plenty of kelp seaweed, so finding a surf gutter that is clear provides much better fishing! Tight Lines!

SOUTH COAST You can read my weekly fishing report in the local Victor Harbor Times (! 1. Fishing news - the Statewide snapper closure starts on Nov 1 and continues until Dec 15, so anglers both recreational and commercial should not target this species (info' courtesy of PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture). 2. Goolwa: mulloway and salmon trout have been caught inside the river mouth after dark and anglers found the fish right through the Mundoo & Goolwa channels and over at the Tauwitchere Barrage. Salmon are also at Goolwa beach, Middleton and Chiton Rocks. 3. Victor Harbor: squid, tommies and garfish have been the main reports from the past weeks, with most success coming from anglers using very fresh baits and plenty of berley. Flathead and salmon trout can be caught from the shore on light gear fishing on the high tide. 4. Waitpinga: salmon up to 2 kilos made a welcome return over the weekend, with best bait being fresh Rapid Bay/Cape Jerivs: as reported last week, squid and tommies are at both jetties, especially at dusk and with a good berley trail. Boat crews caught KG whiting, garfish and squid. Salmon trout can be caught from several local beaches. 5. Wirrina: good catches of kg whiting can be had off Lady Bay, Normanville and Wirrina, but once the northerly winds click in it becomes choppy & uncomfortable. Squid, gar and tommy ruffs can also be caught from Myponga and Sellicks. Tight Lines!

UPPER SPENCER GULF/EYRE PENINSULA If you live or are travelling to Eyre Peninsula, don't forget to listen up to my weekly Thursday Seafood Recipes segment with the fab Deane Williams on ABC 1485 (North & West) local radio (AM). Blueys, yellowfin whiting, garfish & squid have been the main reports from Pt Pirie & Pt Germein, with fishing the local jetties/wharfs best on a high tide & in the late afternoons. Pt Augusta anglers are still catching kingfish to 8 kilos, so the Power Station closure has yet to have a negative effect on these great fish! Trumpeters are in strom proportions out from Weeroona & False Bays - making good crab bait, but thats about it. Snapper to 3 kilos were caught from the grounds around the Leeton Tug at Whyalla before the closure (Nov 1), so it would be worth keeping that in mind when fishing is permitted. A big thx to the SA WAR VETS fishing group for the details & photos of their recent successful trip to the Far West Coast, where they did well on salmon (3-5kgs) & mulloway (9kgs) at Scott's Beach & Fowler's Bay - the Lads used plenty of berley & fished the late afternoon high tides for good results. Boats working out of Ceduna & Haslam have been catching snook, garfish, squid & tommies, with most reports on KG whiting coming from St Peters Island & south of Bosanquet Bay. Streaky Bay & the Dashwood Channel have salmon, KG whiting, garfish & a few squid, while Venus Bay & the other local West Coast beaches (Talia, Sheringa, Lock's Well etc) all have salmon around the 2 kilo mark. Coffin Bay & Sleaford Bay have medium KG whiting, gar & squid, while Louth Bay & Pt Neill have some nice flathead, garfish & tommy ruffs. At Franklin Harbour we have snook, garfish & squid as the main reports. Blueys are in better numbers north to Whyalla & Cowled's Landing. Tight Lines!