- METRO: Black bream in the Port River & Onkaparinga river mouth., gar, blueys & a few squid from Pt Noarlunga, Brighton & Semaphore jetties. Mulloway at night in West Lakes.
- FLEURIEU/RIVERLAND/FRESHWATER: Garfish & squid from Second Valley, Lady Bay & Wirrina., mullet from Sugars Bch., callop up at Swan Reach., redfin perch from Beetaloo res.
- YORKE PEN: KG whiting from Stansbury & Troubridge Light., gar & tommies at Edithburgh, Pt Vic & Pt Vincent jetties.
- SOUTH EAST/COORONG: KG whiting, sweep & snapper from Cape Northumberland, Pt MacDonnell & Beachport., salmon trout from The Granites & 42 Mile Crossing.
- SPENCER GULF/WEST COAST: Tommies, blue crabs, squid & gar from Murat Bay, Streaky Bay, Venus Bay & Pt Lincoln jetties., blueys inside Franklin Harbour & Whyalla jetty.
- KANGAROO ISLAND: KG whiting, garfish & squid off Kingscote jetty & Smith Bay.
THIS WEEK'S FISHING SNAPSHOT:
MARCH 1-10, 2024
STORIES OF US The first week of March marks the anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Perth in the Sundra Straight - March 1, 1942. In those dark, dark days of World War 11, nearly 400 brave Australian sailors, airmen & soldier lost their lives in a one-sided naval battle off the western end of Java, now Indonesia. Read their courageous story here: www.awm.gov.au/articles/encyclopedia/perth/loss LEST WE FORGET!
COO-EEE! On Friday each week you can catch the 1st of my 2 weekend Fishing Segments with David Bevan's Mornings Program (Friday after 10.25am on ABC Adelaide 891) & then ABC North & West with Chook Harslett (Sat after 7.20am on ABC North/West 639/1485)! Freecall 1300222891 or SMS 0467922891. Love to hear from you! Also - there are my crusty FISHING VIDS with 600K views on Youtube, and still going strong! A massif thx to Seany Sean Lahiff (https://seanlahiff.com/) & Mrs James!
METRO WATERS Gar, blueys & night-time tommies are coming from the jetties at Brighton, Glenelg, Grange & Semaphore, with Pt Noarlunga & Brighton jetties also holding large snook after dusk. Garfish again are the go-to species for boat crews working out from Hallett Cove to Brighton, then West Beach, Largs Bay, Semaphore & St Kilda. The St Kilda breakwater has salmon trout & black bream & there remain a few hungry soapie mulloway in the after dark waters at The Pat, the Port River & The Bend in the Onkaparinga River. KG whiting reports are few & far between - we now require a massive run of strong south westerlies to stir things up & bring them on to the bite. Crews running out from O'Sullivan's Beach reported a quiet couple of days, but did on occasion find squid, flathead & snook.
FLEURIEU/RIVERLAND We start this week's report on Gulf St Vincent side of the magnificent Fleurieu coastline as local weather conditions saw boat crews run out of the revamped O'Sullivan's Beach boat ramp for garfish, flathead and a few squid. Gar, squid and green mackerals are at the Pt Noarlunga jetty and off the rocks at Christies, Southport/Triggs and Aldinga. Crews fishing well past the 10m depth line reported a couple of nice KG whiting late on Sunday, with calm conditions and a reasonable tide keeping the fish on the bite. Cockle and soft squid worked well as bait. Jetty fishers at Normanville, Second Valley and Rapid Bay caught tommy ruff, squid and a few garfish on the late afternoon sea breeze and high tides over the weekend, while late season yellowfin whiting are in the shallows at Sellicks and Silver Sands. Boat crews launched from Wirrina to fish for tuna, red nannygai, whiting, flathead and snook from across the Passage and around to Tunk Head. Gar and squid are closer to shore from Lady Bay and Myponga Beach. Morgan's Beach is well worth a try for garfish and tommies at the moment, while east to Waitpinga and Parson's there are salmon trout and the odd mullet. Big snook are running along the surges at Newland Heads and then on to Granite Island at night. Boats launched from Victor on the better days last week for KG whiting, garfish and snapper from the offshore grounds and over at Broady's Patch, but the tuna catches are still relatively elusive. The Bluff wharf has ruffs and squid after dusk and there are a few salmon trout well under the 1 kilo mark at Chiton Rocks and Goolwa beach. Upstream reports are for callop and redfin from Swan Reach and soapie mulloway in and around several local barrages.
SOUTH EAST/COORONG Strong onshore winds in the lower South East really have limited offshore fishing trips in the past 2 weeks. Big boat crews chasing tuna, red nannygai, snapper & kingfish have had to time their runs out with mixed success. Closer to shore there are still reports of snapper, big garfish, KG whiting, snook & rock lobster from the Glenelg River round to Pt McDonnell & up to Carpenter Rocks. Shore-based anglers are still catching snapper, flathead & salmon to 2 kilos from Canunda, Brown's Bch & Piccanninie Ponds. Up along the Coorong there are soapie mulloway at Salt Creek & The Granites, plus 1 kilo salmon from the 28 & 42 Mile Crossings. Kingston has crays, whiting & snapper from Margaret Brock reef & south to Boatswain's Point.
YORKE PENINSULA Wallaroo: Another grain ship was docked at the local jetty during the week as only small numbers of fishers were trying their luck for blue swimmer crabs and squid. The boat ramp traffic is way down on the holiday numbers as crews went out for garfish, squid and snook. Port Hughes/Moonta Bay: Moonta Bay jetty fired up over the weekend with some big garfish and snook being caught. Boat crews are running down to Cape Elizabeth and West Light for KG whiting, garfish and blue crabs. The southern end of Steamer channel has some big whiting. Point Turton: Just legal KG whiting came from Point Souttar during the week, with larger fish off The Banks and Corny Point. Hardwicke Bay has been quiet and the jetty as well. Marion/Stenhouse Bays: Nice tommy ruffs are at both jetties in the late afternoons, plus garfish and green mackerals. Shore-based anglers are hooking the odd mullet and salmon from West Cape, Daly Heads and Brown's beaches. Boat crews are reporting flathead and squid from the inshore grounds and red nannys and trevalley offshore. Edithburgh: The town jetty was the place to be during the week as garfish squid, ruffs and salmon trout were all biting well. Sultana Passage and Rocky Gully have just-legal KG whiting, snook and gar at times. Ardrossan: The jetty has overnight mulloway and blue crabs. Boat crews are having to run out either to or past Windarra Reef and Gus Shoal for gar, squid, whiting and blueys. Rakers are often sighted working the local shallows for the odd bluey as well.
KANGAROO ISLAND Nepean Bay has KG whiting, garfish, tommies & squid for both jetty-based fishers & boat crews. Big snook are off Emu Bay, along with flathead, squid, whiting & garfish in close. American River & Vivonne Bay have big tommies, nice squid & salmon trout from the rocks/shore. Smith's Bch has snook, flathead, squid & KG whiting. Big boat crews are searching far & wide for tuna, kingfish & red nannygai - with some success, but the tuna appear slower to arrive this season.
MARCH SEAFOOD RECIPE - Pan-fried mulloway with coconut, lemongrass and chilli. Ingredients: 4 fillets Mulloway, lemongrass, chopped chillies, oil, coconut milk. Preparation: coat fish fillets in a paste prepared from ground lemongrass, chillies and oil. Heat a pan to high and cook each fillet for 2-3mins each side. When turning fillet, pour in a drizzle of the coconut oil for final stages of cooking. Bon Appetit!
SPENCER GULF/WEST COAST Gar, tommies & snook are in Coffin Bay & Dutton Bay for both boat & shore/jetty-based fishers. A few legal whiting are also about but there are plenty of micky-juniors, so watch their size! Some 3 kilo salmon are off the beach at Convention & Sheringa, while decent KG whiting are up at Streaky Bay & Venus. Blueys, garfish, snook & ruffs are at Tumby Bay & Pt Lincoln. Further up Spencer Gulf there are blueys & snook at Cowell & Whyalla & yellowfin whiting from the beach at Germein Point & Cowled's Landing. Down at Pt Neill the jetty has tommies, squid & gar with boat crews finding whiting, flathead & blue crabs. Way out west there are mulloway & 2 kilo salmon from Yalata & the Dog Fence beach. Tight Lines!