Greg James
Fishing Reports and Hotspots

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  1. METRO: Yellowfin whiting from the shore at Christies Beach, then Tennyson & Brighton. Garfish & a few blueys at West Beach, Grange & St Kilda. Squid from Pt Noarlunga, Hallett Cove & Seacliff.
  2. FLEURIEU/RIVERLAND/FRESHWATER: Squid from The Bluff jetty, Rapid Bay, Cape Jervis & Normanville. Garfish from Wirrina & Lady Bay. Callop & yabbies from Renmark, Blanchetown & Cadell. The Myponga & Beetaloo reservoirs have callop & golden perch.
  3. YORKE PEN: KG whiting from Balgowan & Port Vic., yellowfin whiting from Ardrossan, The Gap, Barker Rocks & Tickera. Garfish & tommy ruffs from Edithburgh, Wallaroo, Stansbury & Pine Point.
  4. SOUTH EAST/COORONG: Mulloway from 42 Mile Crossing & Salt Creek. KG whiting off Beachport & Robe. Garfish at Cape Northumberland & Pt MacDonnell.
  5. SPENCER GULF/WEST COAST: Tuna & kingfish off shore from Streaky Bay & Waldegrave Is., squid & ruffs from Pt Lincoln & Tumby Bay. Salmon from Camel & Sheringa beaches.
  6. KANGAROO ISLAND: Kingscote & Nepean Bay have KG whiting, gar & squid. Antechamber Bay is worth a try for has garfish, ruffs, squid & snook.



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METRO WATERS Garfish, blue crabs & even legal-size KG whiting have been caught from Pt Noarlunga, Marino, Brighton & West Beach over recent days....and, thank goodness - squid catches have started to improve, with Marino, Brighton, Grange & Outer Harbour being the go-to locations in this past week! Yellowfin whiting are along the blue-line at Tennyson, Broadway, St Kilda & Semaphore, but going early & having some fresh bloodworms as bait is the way to go! Garfish & blueys can be caught also from St Kilda & Outer Harbour. KG whiting catches & reports are mixed, with a few legal fish off Nth Haven, Star wreck, Goannas & then on up to Gus Shoal - but again it is the early bird that gets a result, as puffers & baby leather jackettes are up at sunrise & pinch your baits with ease! The Little Bastards. Nth Haven marina & approaches are being dredged at the moment, so you might want to keep a look out for the odd restriction or change to operating procedures. I checked out the Christies/O'Sullivan's area a bit over a week ago & boat crews were returning with flathead, squid & some garfish. The Pt Noarlunga jetty & Southport beach hold gar & salmon trout respectively. Yellowfin whiting are in the rocky shallows at Triggs beach. Never Was, Never Will Be!

FLEURIEU/UPPER COORONG/RIVERLAND/FRESHWATER Goolwa, Upper Coorong, Riverland and Freshwater: water levels have had a steady rise in recent weeks and some of this much need resource has reached downstream channels and otherwise dry creeks and water flats/lakes. Yabbies have been the welcome catches for holiday anglers again at Salt Creek (Renmark) and up at Walker Flat. School mulloway are at the river mouth taking fresh baits of fish fillets or whole pilchards. Salmon trout are inside the Goolwa and Mundoo channels and off Sugars beach on Hindmarsh Island. Some monster carp have come from the Lake north of Meningie. The Granites and 32 Mile Crossing have 1 kilo salmon and a few sharks. Large numbers of holiday-makers continue to use the reservoir system at Myponga for catches of callop and redfin perch. Victor Harbor: off-shore tuna catches continue their on again-off again season with a few fish around the 10 kilo mark now off Tunkalilla Head and The Pages. Large numbers of boats are in Yilki Bay and West Island grounds fishing for gar, squid and KG whiting. A couple of nice flathead were caught last Friday off Encounter Bay and Port Elliott. The big increase in on-water traffic and movement has scattered garfish and snook schools in recent days. Night-time anglers have tried for gar, squid and tommy ruffs at both The Bluff wharf and Screwpile jetty, with mixed results. I had an unconfirmed report of a couple of nice bream from the Hindmarsh River mid-week. Waitpinga/Parson's Beach: salmon trout to 750gms have come from both Parson's and Waits and King's beach also has a few fish for those prepared to work the high tides and fish against the strong on-shore southerlies. Newland Heads has squid from the rocks, plus the odd salmon in the late afternoon. Cape Jervis/Wirrina: boat crews fishing off Cape Jervis have caught big KG whiting, red nannys, trevalley and squid, while the jetties here and around at Rapid Bay hold tommies and squid. It sure looks like the old Rapid Bay jetty has seen better days! Wirrina crews are catching whiting, garfish and squid with best results appearing to be in the early morning hours on the incoming tide. Salmon trout and yellowfin whiting are here for shore-based anglers with fresh bloodworms always working well as their bait of choice.

LOWER COORONG/SOUTH EAST Strong onshore winds have cracked in along the South East coast, making recreational boat fishing nothing more than wishful thinking! KG whiting can be caught from Kingston & Robe, with some tingas coming in at 45cm! Garfish have been the go-to species along many of the sheltered bays of the South East in recent days, with Nora Creina, Sinclairs, Beachport, South End & Nene Valley all producing fish. Some nice tommies & brown-eyed mullet are also in the schools & don't be surprised if small barracouda attack the gar as they are reeled in! Barra make great crayfish bait (you need a PIRSA licence to catch crays in SA). Salmon to 2 kilos are off Salt Creek, 32 Mile Crossing & Canunda near Millicent, with catches of Lake George mullet also at Beachport & Stinky beaches. Squid reports are sketchy as strong winds in recent days have discoloured the water, but Kingston, Robe & Beachport jetties should hold a few as things clear up. KG whiting are at Kingston, Beachport & Pt MacDonnell for both boat & jetty fishers.

YORKE PENINSULA Wallaroo: There are two (2) grain ships waiting offshore so anglers can expect access to only the shallow end of the jetty in coming days. A few squid and just-legal blue crabs have been the main reports. Boat crews are chasing KG whiting in the early mornings south of Bird Reef and gar and squid from Point Riley. Local beaches are worth a try for yellowfin whiting at the moment. Moonta Bay/Pt Hughes: Crews reported good catches of KG whiting, gar and squid in recent days from as far afield as West Light, Steamer channel and Warburto Point. Jetty and shore-based anglers tested their skills for yellowfin whiting, squid and garfish. Balgowan/Port Victoria: KG whiting have been the go-to species again for locals and visitors when the persistent on-shore southerlies allowed a launch, esp the problematic ramp at Balgowan. Big squid are also a feature off Wardang Island for those fishing early mornings in the clear conditions. Point Turton: On water marine conditions were just superb when I cruised through last Friday morning, almost balmy - as boat crews impatiently launched for KG whiting, squid and garfish. High tide has yellowfin whiting from The Pines, gar at Port Rickaby and large snook at Corny Point. Marion/Stenhouse Bays: Big squid have again been reported from the Stenhouse Bay jetty during the week. The on-shore winds are driving anglers nuts (me included) but there have been occasions in the early mornings at Marion Bay when crews managed a quick fish for flathead, big squid, red nannys and snook in close to shore. Gym beach is worth a try for salmon just under 1 kilo. Edithburgh: Snook, blueys and squid have been caught out from Klein's Point and Coobowie over the weekend. The jetty has tommy ruffs, while off-shore crews caught whiting and flathead from Tapley Shoals. Stansbury/Port Vincent: Medium-sized blueys are off the broken grounds adjacent to the town's foreshore caravan park. A few gar are north out from Port Vincent and yellowfin whiting are schooling in and around those small bays at The Hut and old oyster reefs. The Orontes Bank has legal KG whiting at first light. Ardrossan: Quite a few blue crab rakers were sighted at locations both north and south of Ardrossan in recent days. Blueys are also at the main jetty, while boat crews have managed gar, squid and blueys from Gus Shoal.

KANGAROO ISLAND Tuna, although only around the 10 keg mark, are finally starting to appear around Cape Cassini. Rat kingies are off the jetty at Kingscote in the late evenings as they feed on sprat tommies & clickers in close. Boat crews are doing well on whiting, squid & garfish along the northern side of the channel. American River & Antechamber Bay have whiting, squid & tommies in steady numbers while shore-based fishers are catching salmon, gar & the occasional nice flathead. Crews fishing Emu Bay & Cape Cassini are reporting whiting, big squid, tommies, snook & flathead.

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UPPER SPENCER GULF/WEST COAST Rat Kingies are in the Point Lowly rip. KG whiting to 38cm have been caught out from Tumby Bay with smaller fish on the grounds straight out from the Foreshore caravan park. Far West Coast shore-based fishing has mulloway, tailor & 2 kilo salmon from the Dog Fence beach & Fowler's Bay off-shore ledge. KG whiting can still be caught from Ceduna, Streaky Bay & Venus Bay. Squid & garfish are in & around Baird Bay & off the Streaky Bay jetty. Fishing around Pt Lincoln has small to medium sized whiting in Coffin Bay & larger fish to 43cm at Farm Beach & Proper Bay! Schools of salmon trout & yellowfin whiting are at Pt Neill, Germein Point & Murninnie Point on the high tides. Try light gear with my Secret Whiting Lure for good results! Squid, tommies, blueys & yellowfin are inside Franklin Harbour at Cowell, with some big snook at the false entrance. Tight Lines!