Here is your monthly guide to what's being caught across the Western Fleurieu region. We encompass the fishing areas within the Yankalilla Council range from Myponga to Parsons Beach.
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Winter is Salmon season. These powerful, hard fighting fish are found along our Southern coast during the colder months and our Fleurieu beaches provide some nice gutters for them to swim and hunt in. The Salmon schools can often be seen from shore as large dark patches in the water, sometimes you will even see glimpses of their fins or tails breaking the surface. They will take bait such as fresh or salted pilchards, blue bait or white bait and even cockles.
Metal lures, particularly in silver/chrome would be one of the most popular lure choices for anglers who target Salmon. If you are intending to catch and release your Salmon, we recommend substituting the trebles on the lures with single inline hooks to reduce damage to the fish (and in some circumstances the fisher). Remember to rug yourselves up, a lot of beach fishers wear their wet suits for extra warmth when surf fishing in Winter.
Winter Whiting have been abundant for the boat anglers, it’s nice to hear reports of good catches and good sizes. It has also been a long Tuna season with smaller ones
still being caught in the Gulf waters, it sounds like trolling red and white lures has been working, but don't expect the Tuna to be here for much longer. Salmon have shown up at Waitpinga beach around the 2 to 3 kilo range and a few have also been caught from Carrickalinga beach. Squid catches at Second Valley jetty and Wirrina rocks are improving, and Rapid Bay jetty has had some good-sized Tommy Ruff in the evenings and early morning. At the time of writing, Mullet are still being caught at Carrickalinga and Myponga Beach, the morning tide seems to be producing the better results both in numbers and size. Night dredging works at Cape Jervis have affected the fishing down there, but it shouldn’t be too long before the ever-reliable Tommies and squid are back in action from the jetty.
ATTENTION - Boat users are advised that the Cape Jervis ramp will be completely closed 30th June to Saturday the 2nd July for repairs. Also from the 1st of July Wirrina boat ramp will be reinstating launch fees ( $10 ) and after the first week of July there will be a ticketing machine installed where you can pay by credit card, but the office will still be accepting cash or EFTPOS if needed.