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Fleurieu Fishing Report - DECEMBER 22

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

Here is your monthly guide to what's being caught across the Western Fleurieu region. We encompass the fishing hot spots within the Yankalilla Council area from Myponga to Parsons Beach.



Welcome to 2023! Another year has gone by way too fast, and we’ve realised our fishing days were few and far between. This year our resolution is to fish and camp more and we are determined to stick to it! Leisure time is so precious, valued and needed for work/ life balance and resetting the mind ready to meet life’s daily challenges. A lot of our time spent fishing is more about being outside and enjoying nature – believe me, if we were relying on catching dinner, we would quite often go hungry!

So, we would like to encourage you to get outside more in 2023 and reap the benefits of fresh air!

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Although confirmation of the extension to the Snapper ban for another 3.5 years was a disappointing way to start the summer season, the fishing community has been buoyed by the welcome return of the Southern Bluefin Tuna into our gulf waters. Although the Tuna have been a little choosy about taking a lure or a bait, they have provided a great deal of entertainment for the boaties.

Lots of Blue Fin Tuna in Gulf St Vincent
Fleurieu local lads Bruce and Toby with their Tuna

Fantastic weather has presented plenty of opportunities for people to get out and enjoy fishing and they have been catching heaps! Second Valley, Rapid Bay, Cape Jervis, Wirrina and Myponga Beach for squid. Rapid Bay jetty has also held Garfish, Trevally and Tommie Ruffs. Rapid Bay beach has been good for Salmon, Flathead and Mullet.

These fish were all caught on a berley float rig from the beach
Tommy's mixed bag from the beach at Carrickalinga

Fishing from the beaches at Normanville and Carrickalinga has seen a huge variety of fish being caught – Garfish, Mullet, Silver Whiting, Salmon, Salmon Trout, Flathead, Tommie Ruff and a couple of local lads also landed a large shark.

9 foot Bronze Whaler Shark caught and released.
Bruce and his Bronzie, caught from Normanville beach

From the boats there has been KG Whiting, large Trevally, Squid, Garfish, Snook, Salmon and the odd Tuna.

For the late mail, there have been some King George Whiting caught from the end of Rapid Bay jetty, and a good size too! Definitely worth a try.

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