Kingscliff, New South Wales

Kingscliff tides
Kingscliff coastline
NSW fishing regulations
NSW marine parks

Kingscliff has good surf fishing and some rock wall fishing.

Surf fishing for tailor is usually good in an area about a kilometre from the bowls club, but the gutters move around.

The southern wall of Cudgen Creek is a good spot with occasional very large mulloway caught there, as well as bream, tailor, luderick and flathead.

Immediately south of the southern wall are low-tide spots among the rocks, these fish well for tailor, bream, snapper, mulloway and more, but it is a hazardous area.

Cudgen Creek has whiting, flathead, bream, jacks and luderick.

There is reefy bottom 500m or so north of the creek mouth, and extensive reef further offshore.

Kayak fishing the inshore reefs is a popular activity, with snapper, cobia, kingfish, morwong, spangled emperor, cod and mackerel caught.

Tailor fishing in this area is from July to February, with the biggest fish often caught at night in summer.

Flathead, whiting, bream and dart are the common catch in the surf, best in the early morning.

Other nearby spots to try include the Tweed River, Fingal Head and Norries Head.

At the Tweed, big whiting are caught at the mouth of the inlet near the caravan park at Chinderah.

Use worms for bait at night on ultralight tackle.

South of Kingscliff, Hastings Point rocks produce mainly yellowfin bream, with a chance of passing tailor and mulloway.

Cudgera Creek at Hastings Point produces flathead, bream, whiting, jacks and luderick.

Use lures to get past the small bream in the creeks.

Mulloway are a chance at all the local creek mouths after prolonged heavy rain.

The road south to Pottsville follows the beach and it is easy to stop along the way and look for gutters.

Bream, tarwhine, tailor, dart, flathead, whiting and mulloway can be caught in the surf throughout this area.

Shallow Mooball Creek, between Hastings Point and Pottsville, has flathead.

South of Pottsville is a beach near a rock patch “Black Rocks” – this area produces quality tailor.

Beaches in this region have cockles (pipis) and beach worms.

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Gear tips for surf beaches

Large Alvey sidecast reels are traditionally used for surf fishing because sand doesn't hurt them. There isn't much that can go wrong with these reels so a secondhand one can be a good buy, but be sure the lip of the spool is not chipped or rough as this will damage the line. See the latest eBay Alvey listings here.

Note that sidecast reels work best with a rod that has the reel mount at the bottom (butt) of the rod. These rods are often a single piece and up to 4.6m or so long, making them somewhat of a specialist item.

A suitable spinning reel for surf fishing is a large one loaded with 8kg to 10kg line, but reel and rod size also depends on what a fisho finds comfortable. Checkout the Shimano Sedona eBay listing here for a quality reel suitable for surf fishing.

For a cheaper spinning reel, see the eBay listing here.

An affordable 4.5m, 3-piece surf rod suitable for a spinning reel can be seen at the eBay listing here.

For a higher grade 4.6m surf rod, view this eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for catching tailor and salmon in the surf. See eBay listing here.

Ganged hooks in 6/0 size are perfect for chucking pilchard baits. See eBay listing here.

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Spearing headland mulloway

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Hastings Point fishing

Hastings Point fishing

Hastings Point, New South Wales

Hastings Point tides
Hastings Point coastline
NSW fishing regulations
NSW marine parks

Hastings Point fishing is centred around the headland and surf beaches.

The headland is a reasonable fishing platform with some access to deep water.

Schools of mulloway are often in close among the gutters in the rocks.

As with any ocean-facing rock platform, caution is required when fishing.

The rocks produce mainly yellowfin bream, with a good chance of tailor.

Tidal Cudgera Creek produces flathead, bream, jacks and luderick.

Use lures to get past the small bream.

Mulloway are a chance at the creek mouth after prolonged heavy rain.

Beach fishing at Hastings Point can be problematic in summer because of holiday swimmers and surfers.

Surf fishing south of Hastings Point is very good, and the road through to Pottsville follows the beach so it is easy enough to stop along the way and look for gutters.

Bream, tarwhine, tailor, dart, flathead and mulloway can be caught in the surf throughout this area.

The tailor season is June to February, with bigger fish caught in summer but usually in lesser numbers than early in the season.

Night fishing often produces the best tailor, and also mulloway.

Shallow Mooball Creek, between Hastings Point and Pottsville, has flathead.

South of Pottsville is a beach near a rock patch “Black Rocks” – this area produces big tailor.

To the north of Hastings Point is Cabarita (Norries Head), arguably a better rock fishing destination, but it requires more effort to fish, and is less safe.

Beaches in this region have cockles (pipis) and beach worms.

Pottsville and Kingscliff (to the north) both have fishable creeks.

A tip for winter surf fishing is to wear waders for warmth.

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Gear tips for surf beaches

Large Alvey sidecast reels are traditionally used for surf fishing because sand doesn't hurt them. There isn't much that can go wrong with these reels so a secondhand one can be a good buy, but be sure the lip of the spool is not chipped or rough as this will damage the line. See the latest eBay Alvey listings here.

Note that sidecast reels work best with a rod that has the reel mount at the bottom (butt) of the rod. These rods are often a single piece and up to 4.6m or so long, making them somewhat of a specialist item.

A suitable spinning reel for surf fishing is a large one loaded with 8kg to 10kg line, but reel and rod size also depends on what a fisho finds comfortable. Checkout the Shimano Sedona eBay listing here for a quality reel suitable for surf fishing.

For a cheaper spinning reel, see the eBay listing here.

An affordable 4.5m, 3-piece surf rod suitable for a spinning reel can be seen at the eBay listing here.

For a higher grade 4.6m surf rod, view this eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for catching tailor and salmon in the surf. See eBay listing here.

Ganged hooks in 6/0 size are perfect for chucking pilchard baits. See eBay listing here.

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Norries Head drone footage

Hasting Point drone footage

Hastings Point fishing

Hastings Point fishing

Spearing headland mulloway

Black Rocks, near Pottsville

Kayak fishing Hasting Point’s Cudgera Creek

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Hervey Bay, Queensland

A Hervey Bay fishing map, showing artificial reef locations and marine park sanctuaries
A Hervey Bay fishing map, showing artificial reef locations and marine park sanctuaries

Urangan tides
Hervey Bay coastline on Beachsafe
Great Sandy Marine Park
Fraser Island National Park
Queensland dam water levels
Queensland stocked impoundment permits
Queensland fishing regulations

Hervey Bay offers a huge variety of fishing for a mix of tropical and temperate species.

The bay is inside the relative shelter of Fraser Island, which provides calmer waters for trailerboats along the lee shore.

Hervey Bay is at the top of Great Sandy Strait, a fertile labyrinth of flats and channels fed at the northern end by the Mary River.

The bay has several artificial reefs.

The best known is the Roy Rufus Reef on the east side of Woody Island, the first component of which was deployed in 1968.

More recently the government installed the Hardie Artificial Reef further east of of Woody Island, and the Simpson Artificial Reef in the far south of the bay west of Moon Point.

The Cochrane Artificial Reef is located 4.4km off Elliott Heads in shallow water in the west of Hervey Bay.

The Woodgate Artificial Reef is located in shallow water just 2km off Woodgate and 15km north of Burrum Heads and the Burrum River.

Both the Burrum and Mary Rivers have barramundi, although blue and threadfin salmon, jewfish, whiting, bream, flathead and mud crabs are the more common catch.

For landbased fishos a highlight of this region is the 800m+ Urangan jetty, a great fishing spot.

Hervey Bay is not noted for substantial natural reef, being mostly a sand bottom, but areas of coffee rock ledges can be found and invariably hold a mix of tropical and southern reef fish.

Pelagic fishing in the bay is often very good for mackerel, tuna and a range of trevally species, with a chance of small black marlin.

This whole region is relatively shallow, with generally clear water except in the vicinity of the turbid Mary River.

The vast beach along Hervey Bay become drying flats at low tide but when the tide comes in whiting and flathead are usually available, along with passing queenfish and trevally.

There are beach jetties at Scarness and Torquay, which are tide-dependent, but Urangan jetty can be fished on all tides.

Some Hervey Bay boat ramps are tide-dependent, but ramps at Gattakers Bay and Urangan Boat Club are useable on all tides.

Because of the shallow clear water there is good sight-fishing throughout this region.

If you want a challenge, try targeting golden trevally and queenfish in the shallows. There’s also a chance of seeing bonefish and giant herring, both of which are uncommon, but they are there.

Longtail tuna caught locally are big fish compared with those found further north.

Fraser Island is famous for its seasonal tailor fishing on the eastern surf side, accessible by vehicular ferry with a 4WD vehicle.

Note that Hervey Bay and Fraser Island are hugely popular during holiday periods.

If you want to try some impoundment barramundi fishing, the nearest stocked dams are Lenthall and Monduran.

Hervey Bay fishing spots

Woody Island – easily reached by trailerboat, being just 4km east of Urangan boat ramp. There is a marked channel around the northern end, with the Roy Rufus and Hardie artificial reefs on the east side of the island, with the Simpson reef to the north. Pink snapper and coral trout are best in winter here. In summer, saddletail snapper (nannygai), sweetlip and golden trevally are caught. A great many components make up the total Roy Rufus reef area. The water is around 18m deep, so plan to fish the turn of the tide as strong tidal currents flow. Move your boat if you don’t get bites – placement of a bait on the reef components can be critical.

Moon Point – this is part of Fraser island, located 11km north-east of Urangan. In a boat you must negotiate substantial shallow sandbanks through this area. There are ledges around Moon Point that usually fish well but the tidal current flows hard. Small creek mouths on the island have mostly flathead and whiting.

Platypus Bay – this forms most of the inside of Fraser Island. It has reef, gravel and holes throughout that usually have plenty of fish, but it is a known ciguatera hotspot.

Rooneys Point – this is the north end of Fraser Island, a 60km run from the Urangan boat ramp. The reward for the long journey is small black marlin in summer, with these fish sometimes swimming right into the sandy shallows, along with cobia, queenfish, mackerel and trevally. Another 20km north is the beginning of Breaksea Shoal, an interesting area but very shallow, exposed and dangerous.

River Heads – boats can be launched at River Heads near Maryborough, either to go upstream into the turbid Mary River system to chase barramundi and salmon, or to visit Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait. However there is no need to travel far as there are ledges just a few hundred metres from River Heads boat ramp that hold jewfish, barramundi and salmon. Try using livebait or trolling lures at the turn of the tide, or drop jigs.

Great Sandy Strait – this labyrinth of flats and channels has many side creeks. This area is home of flathead, but also with bream, whiting, grunter, salmon, mud crabs and more. It’s not just dusky flathead found in the strait and bay, there’s also yellowtail flathead, longspine flathead, northern sand flathead, bartail flathead, smalleye flathead and southern sand flathead.

Mary River – this is the most southerly river in Queensland where you have a real chance of catching large, wild barramundi, as well as threadfin and blue salmon, black jewfish, bream,, whiting, flathead and mud crabs. Being more turbid than most other nearby rivers, it is well suited to barramundi, which thrive in muddy water. Livebait and lures will catch the fish, with warm weather always best for barramundi. Try trolling rockbars and the channel drop-offs, as well as casting lures to mud drain mouths that are emptying out with the tide. The Mary River also usually has a good stock of mud crabs. The river fishes well up to Maryborough.

Burrum River – Burrum Heads this gives access into the lower Burrum River. This is a broad shallow waterway, with all the usual estuary species, and a chance of barramundi. However the Mary River is a better place chase barra.

Species caught around Hervey Bay include longtail tuna, mack tuna, spotted, spanish and grey mackerel, queenfish, cobia, yellowtail kingfish, golden trevally, giant trevally (and several other trevally species), goldspot cod, red emperor, mangrove jacks, groper, marlin, pink snapper, slatey bream (blackall), bar-cheeked coral trout, tuskfish (bluebone or parrot), grunter, dart, blue and threadfin salmon, barramundi, tailor, flathead and whiting. Bonefish, giant herring and barramundi are also caught occasionally. And let’s not forget the salmon-tailed catfish.

Hervey Bay fishing seasons

Good fishing can be had all year, but winter weather tends to bring the best boating weather.

Pelagic fish are best in summer.

Warm months are best if you are chasing barramundi in the Burrum and Mary Rivers.

Fraser Island tailor fire up from July to November.

Hervey Bay fishing GPS marks

Reef in the bay is generally sedimentary coffee rock ledges. Sound around the various marks to find good spots. Pelagic fish are often found over the reef fishing grounds.

When fishing the artificial reefs, fish the turn of the tide and move if you don’t get bites as bait placement can be critical.

Roy Rufus Reef

This reef is just 1.7km east of Woody Island. It contains a great many components spread over a large area. These are the more significant components.

K’Garri
25 16.182S 152 57.866E

Otter
25 16.450S 152 58.154E

Goori
25 17.021S 152 58.230E

Hardie Artificial Reef – 5km east of Woody Island
25 17.291S 153 01.550E
25 17.329S 153 01.508E
25 17.277S 153 01.492E
25 17.878S 153 01.814E
25 17.926S 153 01.841E

Simpson Artificial Reef – 10km north of Woody Island
25 11.093S 152 57.613E
25 11.144S 152 57.613E
25 11.337S 152 57.654E
25 11.338S 152 57.711E
25 11.384S 152 57.685E

Cochrane Artificial Reef – 4.4km off Elliott Heads in the west of Hervey Bay
See here.

Woodgate Artificial Reef – 2km off Woodgate in the west of Hervey Bay
25 05.546S 152 34.405E

Baitfish gathering area
25 15.537S 152 55 353E

Nimbi Ledge
25 16.535S 153 00.488E reef fish

Bogimba Ledge
25 17.863S 153 02.097E reef fish

25 Fathom Hole
24 55.246S 152 48.042E

8-Mile off Burrum Heads
25 09.689S 152 43.977E reef fish

6-Mile Arch
25 04.124S 153 04.836E reef fish

Moon Ledge – strong currents
25 12.804S 152 59.098E reef fish

Sammies
25 10.958S 152 59.911E reef fish

Maringa Bombora
25 11.087S 153 00.886E reef fish

Wathumba Reef
24 57.165S 153 13.297E reef fish

Wathumba One-Mile
24 57.466S 153 11.831E reef fish

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Gear tips for southern Queensland

A 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal for whiting, bream and bass. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for most southern Queensland estuary and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A medium surf rod-reel combo is ideal for most southern Queensland beach fishing for tailor, bream and small mulloway. See eBay listing here.

A heavy surf rod-reel combo is needed for larger mulloway. See eBay listing here.

For boat fishing, a short rod/spinning reel combo loaded with 10kg line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 20m deep, and can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish. See eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for tailor. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of southern Queensland species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are useful in southern Queensland. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for tailor and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard baits for tailor. Listing on eBay here.

BOATS FOR SALE in Brisbane - current eBay listings here.

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Urangan jetty fishing

iFish at Hervey Bay

Jigging Hervey Bay reefs

Exploring Great Sandy Straits

Fraser Island region boating

Fraser Island tailor fishing, Queensland

Waddy Point tides, Fraser Island
Orchid Beach on Beachsafe
Fraser Island National Park
Queensland fishing regulations

Fraser Island has a superb seasonal tailor fishery.

The fishery comes alive each year as schools of fish move along ocean beaches on their annual spawning run.

The fish start arriving in early July, and usually peak by August, with good fishing had into November.

The best areas tend to be Cathedral Beach to Indian Head and from Orchid Beach to Sandy Cape, including Ngkala Rocks, but it changes each year.

The movement of fish is usually from south to north, so southern beaches fish earlier in the season.

There are several coastal camping areas that become hugely popular in season.

A 4WD vehicle is needed on the island as soft-sand driving is required.

The vehicular ferry leaves from River Heads near Maryborough.

The usual tackle setup for fishing Fraser surf beaches is a 4m rod with an Alvey sidecast reel, using a pilchard bait on ganged hooks.

Spinning and overhead reels work fine if you keep them out of the sand.

Line used is usually 6kg to 8kg braid or nylon mono.

You’ll be standing outside on a beach for long periods so sun protection is essential.

Fraser tailor fishing is strictly regulated by size and bag limits, as well as closures.

There is fishing closure from 400m south of Indian Head to 400m north of Waddy Point in August and September.

Middle Rocks, between Indian Head and Waddy Point, is a green zone and closed to all fishing.

Find tailor by using the WD rule: “Whitewater, Deepwater.”

Look for a spot where white water spills over deep water.

The ideal spot is a long gutter where white water forms on the outer bank, falling into the deep gutter.

But the fish also show up elsewhere, such as along sandspits, or on outer banks.

Hovering birds may give away the presence of schooling fish.

Chrome lures work well on tailor.

Bream and dart are also caught during the tailor run, and occasional mulloway and shark.

Bream, mulloway, whiting, dart and trevally can be caught outside the tailor season.

Keep an on Fraser Island’s dingoes, they have been no known to attack people.

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Gear tips for surf beaches

Large Alvey sidecast reels are traditionally used for surf fishing because sand doesn't hurt them. There isn't much that can go wrong with these reels so a secondhand one can be a good buy, but be sure the lip of the spool is not chipped or rough as this will damage the line. See the latest eBay Alvey listings here.

Note that sidecast reels work best with a rod that has the reel mount at the bottom (butt) of the rod. These rods are often a single piece and up to 4.6m or so long, making them somewhat of a specialist item.

A suitable spinning reel for surf fishing is a large one loaded with 8kg to 10kg line, but reel and rod size also depends on what a fisho finds comfortable. Checkout the Shimano Sedona eBay listing here for a quality reel suitable for surf fishing.

For a cheaper spinning reel, see the eBay listing here.

An affordable 4.5m, 3-piece surf rod suitable for a spinning reel can be seen at the eBay listing here.

For a higher grade 4.6m surf rod, view this eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for catching tailor and salmon in the surf. See eBay listing here.

Ganged hooks in 6/0 size are perfect for chucking pilchard baits. See eBay listing here.

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Fraser Island tailor fishing

How to catch Fraser Island tailor

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West Lakes, South Australia

West Lakes fishing spots as depicted on this adaption of a City of Charles Sturt Map
West Lakes fishing spots as depicted on this adaption of a City of Charles Sturt map

West Lakes tides
Full City of Charles Sturt West Lakes map PDF file
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks

NOTE: Special snapper rules apply in South Australia – more info here.

West Lakes, once part of Adelaide’s Torrens River wetlands, was turned into a large tidal lake estate in the 1970s.

The lake was formed by diverting the lower Torrens River to sea at West Beach and “reclaiming” the remaining mangrove and reed marshland.

Work began in September 1970.

Fishos can only guess how important the Torrens wetlands were from an ecological point of view.

Delfin Island was opened in 1978, with its own freshwater lake.

A pipe carries sea water to the lake, and the lake also receives storm water.

The sea pipes are at the southern end, with a causeway into the Port River located at the north end.

West Lakes holds a variety of fish.

Black bream are arguably the main species of interest, and there are some stonkers to be caught.

The big fish can be hard to tempt in the clear, relatively still waters.

Light line and live or fresh bait is essential, and fishing at night greatly improves your chances with the bigger fish.

Mullet, mulloway, salmon trout, flounder, flathead, garfish and squid are also found in the system.

Small artificial reefs have been installed in West Lakes.

Anglers are allowed to fish the artificial reef habitat at West Lakes 12.

The floating reefs were installed in the lake, which has a soft bottom that would not support conventional reefs.

There are 12 artificial reef units on the inlet side of West Lakes.

The reefs were placed to increase fishing opportunities from Inlet Reserve, and increase fish stocks.

The largest reef unit is a fish tower that is 1.3m high by 0.7m by 1.6m wide.

Fishing is permitted in West Lakes from man-powered dinghies/canoes or on foot only.

You must fish at least 10m or more from residential properties and 20m away from any bridge.

West Lakes fishing spots

Bower Road Outlet has bream in spring, summer and autumn and salmon trout in winter, with mulloway during summer at night.

Dotterel Reserve has bream in spring, summer and autumn and mulloway in summer at night.

Settlers Drive has bream in spring, summer and autumn, with mullet in autumn and winter and mulloway in summer at night.

The Bouys has bream in winter and spring and mulloway in summer and autumn.

Bartley Terrace stormwater drain has bream in spring, summer and autumn and mulloway in summer and autumn, best after rain.

Bartley Bridge has bream in spring, summer and autumn and salmon trout in autumn, winter and spring.

Heysen Reserve has bream in spring, summer and autumn and mulloway in summer and autumn at night, with mullet in autumn and winter.

Corcoran Reserve has bream in spring, summer and autumn with mullet in autumn and winter and mulloway in summer at night.

Fisher Place has bream in spring and summer and mulloway and summer and autumn.

Tiranna Reserve has bream in summer and mullet in autumn.

Deep Bend has mulloway in summer.

Sir John Marks Reserve has bream all year, salmon in winter and spring and mulloway all year.

Powell Court Road Bridge has has bream in spring, summer and autumn with salmon in winter and spring and mulloway all year.

Oarsman Reserve has bream in summer, with king george whiting in winter and spring, and salmon trout and mullet in autumn and winter.

Martin Court has bream in spring, summer and autumn

Scullers Reserve has bream in summer and autumn, mullet in autumn and winter and garfish in summer.

Trimmer Parade Inlet has bream and mulloway all year and salmon trout in autumn, winter and spring, with mullet in autumn and winter and king george whiting in winter and spring.

Nearby fishing spots include North Haven, Port River and Outer Harbour.

For a summary of Adelaide fishing opportunities, look here.

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South Australian fishing seasons and baits

The following advice applies mainly to the two gulfs.

Black bream - All year, best in winter/spring. Use live tube or blood worms, peeled prawn or tiny lures, best dawn and dusk, often at turn of the tide.

Crabs, blue swimmer - Best in summer/autumn. Rake them or use nets baited with fish frames, fish day or night.

Crabs, sand (two-spot) - May to June. Use drop nets baited with fish frames, tide dependent, their presence is usually noted when they start stealing fishing baits.

Flathead - All year. Use baits of bluebait, whitebait, small pilchards, squid, fish strips or lures, they bite all day.

Flounder - All year. Will take tiny baits of peeled prawn, worms or squid at night tide, but the usual method is spearing in the shallows at night.

Garfish - Best in summer/autumn. Use tiny baits of maggots, prawn, cockles presented on a float or just drifted back from boat, or dab at night with a net and light, they bite all day.

Mullet - Strong run of fish in autumn/winter. Use tiny baits of mince meat, seaweed worms or cockles. They bite in daylight, usually in very close along beaches at high tide.

Mulloway - Best in summer but can be caught all year. Use live baits or fresh fish fillets or freshly caught squid. Fish dusk into the night at turn of tide.

Salmon - Best in autumn/winter but they show up all year. Use baits of peeled prawn, bluebait, whitebait, cockles, pilchards or lures. Best at high tide at dusk and dawn.

Snapper - Best in spring/summer. Use baits of squid, pilchards, fish fillets or jigs. Best at dusk and dawn and they come in close after stormy weather.

Snook - Bite all year. Use lures, pilchards or fish strips. They bite well at night under jetty lights.

Squid - Available all year but best in summer. Use artificial jig lures or baited wire jigs. Best at dawn when the water is clear, but also at dusk and night.

Tommy ruffs - All year. Use maggots, peeled prawn, cockles. Best at night.

Whiting, king george - These bite all year but often better in winter, use baits of cockles, peeled prawn or squid on the edge of seagrass beds, they bite all day, often tide dependent.

Whiting, silver - All year. Use tiny baits of cockles, worms or peeled prawns.

Whiting, yellowfin - All year but best in summer. Use fresh or live worms or peeled prawns. Some fishos do OK on tiny lures.

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Fishing tackle recommendations for South Australia

A 3-6kg spinning outfit is suitable for general estuary and light boat fishing in South Australia. See this eBay listing for a suggested spinning combo here.

The above light outfit can be used on shallow, low-energy beaches to catch SA's yellowfin whiting and yelloweye mullet, but a dedicated light surf rod would be better for this purpose.

An 8-12kg spin outfit suits fishing for large salmon and mulloway on South Australia's high-energy ocean surf beaches. See eBay listing here.

Small metal slice lures work well on South Australia's salmon trout, silver trevally, flathead, barracoutta, tommies and snook. See eBay listing here.

Use larger metal slice lures on high-energy beaches where big salmon are expected.

Soft plastic grubs work well on bream, salmon trout and tommies, and freshwater fish such as yellowbelly, redfin, cod and trout. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are an essential item in South Australia as large squid are usually abundant in gulf waters and are readily available on jetties. Baited jigs are popular in South Australia - these can be cast and left out until a squid arrives. Bait these jigs with a tommy ruff or mullet and set this under a float. If you don't want to use baited jigs, standard lure jigs such as these work well ... see eBay listing here.

The secret for successful squid fishing is to fish dusk, darkness and dawn, when the water is clear. Summer is usually best.

Floats are useful for suspending a bait, and work well when fishing for South Australia's sweep, tommy ruffs, salmon trout and trevally. The polystyrene floats in the following listing are slid onto the line and a stopper is placed above the float to set the depth fished. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes are needed. Suggest 4# to #8 for whiting, mullet and tommy ruffs, 10# to #12 for garfish, 1/0 for bream, 4/0 for salmon and flathead and 11/0 for large mulloway. See eBay listing here.

Flounder spearing is popular in South Australia. A submerged light is generally used to find the fish, see eBay listing here.

Crabbing is popular in the South Australian shallows, using a crab rake. See eBay listing here.

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