Yorke Peninsula Fishing and Boating
Most people travel to the Yorke Peninsula to go fishing - and why wouldn’t you when even the most inexperienced fisher can take home a deliciously fresh catch from a jetty, beach or boat.
It's not just fish. Squid ink stains many jetties as large numbers of southern calamari live in Gulf St Vincent. You'll find blue swimmer crabs along the east coast, in the shallow waters between Ardrossan and Stansbury, from September to April.
Great crabbing and fishing
Blue swimmer crabs also live along the north-west coast near Port Hughes, Moonta Bay, Wallaroo and Port Broughton. You just need a rake to find them.
Catching a fish is simply a matter of casting a line off the local jetty with the promise of catching some King George whiting, garfish or tommy ruff (Australian herring). Beach fishing is worth a try, with popular catches including mullet, snook, flathead, Australian salmon and salmon trout.
Head to the bottom of the “foot” - it's just a three hour drive from Adelaide. The southern beaches near Marion Bay feature some of the best fishing in South Australia. Large mulloway (up to 36 kilograms) can be found here as well as school sharks and gummy sharks to reward night fishers.
If you like a faster pace, bring your boat or hire one. Boat ramps are dotted around the coast, from right at the top at Port Wakefield, all the way down to Marion Bay and back up the other side to Port Broughton.
There are also two marinas - Port Vincent and Wallaroo. Some of the best fishing locations are out in deeper waters. You can find kingfish, nannygai, snapper, morwong, harlequin, trevally and mulloway.
No boat? No problem! Local fishing charters operate from various spots off the coast. These offer the added bonus of taking you right to where the fish are, saving time and effort. Take a group of friends or your family for a great day out on the water.
It is important to remember that bag, boat and size catch limits apply to most species of fish and seafood caught in South Australian waters. Some fish also have closed seasons and others are completely protected. The limits vary, so it is important to make sure you are well aware of what you can catch and how much of it you can take home.
Primary Industries and Resources South Australia are responsible for the fishing regulations in South Australia. Their website is full of information for recreational fishers, including a searchable list of fishing limits and fish sizes. The SA Recreational Fishing Guide is available as a smartphone app for iPhone, Windows and Android. You can also contact the 24 hour Fishwatch number 1800 065 522 for information on fishing rules and regulations.
Grab a fishing guide
The Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide (3.80mb) is a must read if you're planning a fishing trip in the area. It has you covered from start to finish. It also lists where to get bait and tackle, the best marine services and even boat hire locations. There's information on the hottest fishing spots along the coast and offshore. The best news? It's free!
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