South Australia Fishing: Part 1
By: Phil Foo
When it comes to fishing, Australia is one of the countries that is known to offer great fishing. Being surrounded by the Pacific, Southern and Indian Oceans as well as the Timor, Tasman and Coral Sea; Australia is a heaven for anglers. Australia is not only famed for saltwater fishing but also inland or freshwater fishing with fishes such as trout and Murray cod; Australia’s largest native freshwater fish.
[ Jetties stretch a good distance out into the water, making them great places to fish at… ]
Australia is a huge country. For now, we will focus on South Australia, a state in the southern central part of Australia. South Australia is the fourth-largest state in Australia, with Adelaide being its capital. South Australia is a unique place where over 1.77 million people call home; mostly living in Adelaide and areas around Adelaide. What’s even more special is that it has over 200 ethnic communities, truly a melting pot.
The beautiful waters of South Australia.
When it comes to wetting lines and catching fish; South Australia has loads of fishing opportunities. Adelaide alone has got loads of places to fish at. There are beaches, jetties, rivers and estuaries, lakes, breakwalls, boating rams, etc. to fish at. And the fishing at these areas are pretty good too with a large variety of fishes and other awesome catches like squids, and crabs.
Jetties stretch a good distance out into the water, making them great places to fish at. Some of the jetties are Glenelg Jetty, Semaphore Jetty, Grange Jetty, Henley Beach Jetty, Largs Bay Jetty, Brighton Jetty, Port Noarlunga Jetty, etc. are great for a variety of fishes such as mullets, yellow fin whiting, King George Whiting, garfish, sharks, squid, herring, crabs, etc.
[ Port Vincent provides safe haven for boaters and yachters. The beach at the town is lovely… ]
Estuaries and rivers offer fishes from saltwater fish species such as Black Bream, Salmon Trout, Australian Salmon, Mulloway, Mullet, Garfish, Squid, King George Whiting, etc. to freshwater species such as European Carp, Tandanus Catfish, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Redfin Perch, Murray cod, etc. Some of these places are Port River, Onkaparinga River, Patawalonga River, West Lakes, etc. Well, here are some of my favourite fishing places in South Australia.
Fantastic fishing right in Port Vincent town.
Port Vincent is a quaint little town on the east coast of Yorke Peninsula, some 194 km from Adelaide. It is an awesome place to holiday at. Blessed with a beautiful bay, Port Vincent provides safe haven for boaters and yachters. The beach at the town is lovely. Its clear waters are frequently visited by dolphins and is a lovely place to swim at.
The small jetty at Port Vincent is a great place to fish for squid and a variety of fishes.
As for fishing, anglers can have some fun fishing on the wharf for a variety of fishes such as herring, mullet, bream, whiting, crabs, etc. This place is also a good place to do squid fishing. The Southern calamari can be easily caught from the tiny jetty, and wharf. Taking a boat out to sea one can fish for snappers, snooks, etc.
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park
About 300 km from Adelaide is Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. This is one of my favourite places here in South Australia. Commonly known as Innes, Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park has some beautiful beaches, and one with a long jetty that stretches far out into the sea. Stenhouse Bay Jetty is a great place to fish for mullet, mulloway, whiting, herring, squid, sharks, etc.
On to a fish at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park. Fishing at the beach facing Chinamans Hat.
Here in Innes, I did some beach fishing at the beach opposite Chinaman’s Hat Island. This quiet beach is a nice place to fish at. Note that the waters off Chinaman’s Hat Island is protected. This area (accessible by boat) is the Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park Sanctuary and fishing here is not allowed. Fishing from the beach is allowed. There are more beaches to fish at in Innes.
The long jetty at Stenhouse Bay, Guuranda-Innes National Park; an awesome place to fish at.
Just outside the entry point to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is a quaint little seaside town called Marion Bay. The waters here at Marion Bay is crystal clear and a lovely place to do some fishing at. One can go out on a boat to do some fishing out at sea in deeper waters, fish of Marion Bay’s jetty (great place for squid fishing), or opt to do beach casting with a long rod at its beautiful beach.
A ate of mine heading out for some kayak fishing at Marion Bay. The waters here are beautiful.
Taking a boat and fishing off Marion Bay is awesome. Fishes such as big whiting, snappers, sharks, tuna, and samsons are the usual catch. Should one decide to go out on a kayak and do some fishing, note that the waters here (and generally around Australia) is home to large and dangerous sharks. On one of my visits the sighting of a large bronze whaler shark was reported a day after an angler (on kayak) went missing.
Fatfish Charters offers chartered fishing trips here at Marion Bay.
Ardrossan is a small town with a small shipping port, about 150 kilometres from Adelaide. There is a shipwreck off the waters of Ardrossan that makes for good fishing. No. 5 Barge is a ship was sunk to create an artificial reef for fishing activities. This ship was to replace a historical wreck, the Zanoni, that sunk there on 11 February 1867, and was discovered on 17 April 1983; and was then the go to place for anglers.
Look at that crab signage. What do you think this means?
In May 1983, the area around the Zanoni; a radius of 550 metres, was declared a protected area. This was done to preserve the wreck which is said to be one of the best preserved 19th century shipwreck of a merchant sailing vessels in Australia. Entry into the area requires a permit, should one decides to visit.
The long jetty at Ardrossan is a good place to do some fishing at.
Other than fishing the No. 5 Barge, anglers can opt to fish at Ardrossan’s long jetty for a variety of fishes. The waters off Ardrossan is home to snappers, mullet, snook, crabs, flathead, King George whiting, garfish, etc.
For now, we will share these four awesome fishing spots in South Australia. Needless to say, there are a lot more places to fish at in South Australia and we will share them in the next issue of The Angler. So, stay tuned for our next issue.