Wollongong, New South Wales

Wollongong tides
Wollongong coastline on Beachsafe
NSW fishing regulations
NSW marine parks

The Wollongong region has surf beaches, headlands, the Port Kembla harbour rock walls, inshore reefs and islands, the Lake Illawarra estuary, and deep reef fishing from just 13km out.

The harbour rock walls produce quality tailor, salmon, bonito and kingfish.

Luderick are caught inside the walls, along with bream, silver trevally and school mulloway.

Windang Beach is one of the better beaches and has tailor, salmon, flathead, whiting and mulloway.

Red Point off Hill 60 is one of the better rock fishing spots and has salmon, tailor, bonito, kingfish and snapper.

People have lost their lives fishing from rocks around the ‘Gong, so take care.

The northern beaches have mostly salmon, tailor, bream and mulloway.

The best local whiting beaches are Thirroul, Bulli, Port Kembla, Windang and Warilla, but others can fish well.

There is an annual cuttlefish spawning run between Stanwell Park and Kiama at the start of winter, which attracts predatory fish.

Birds give away the location of dead cuttlefish. Cast a bait into the action for snapper, trevally, kingfish and more.

Salmon are caught on Wollongong beaches in winter, with usually smaller fish in summer.

Tailor are a regular catch in the surf and off the rocks.

Summer offshore gamefish include striped and black marlin and dolphin fish, with bonito off the rocks from late January.

Popular reef fishing grounds are Bandit, Wollongong Reef, Five Islands and The Trap Reef, with bigger boats fishing out to the shelf for hapuku and morwong.

To the south, Minamurra Creek has flathead, bream and whiting but Shoalhaven River to the south is a better river.

Lake Illawarra is a large shallow system with mainly bream, flathead, whiting and luderick. There are also blue swimmer crabs, prawns, squid, flounder and garfish.

The lake’s entrance fishes well for mulloway and big bream at times.

For boaters, the islands off Port Kembla produce kingfish and yellowfin tuna.

Boaters can catch snapper all year, with a good run in winter. There are also tiger and bluespot flathead on offshore grounds, leatherjackets and morwong.

A steel tower artificial reef is another local feature, along with an offshore FAD.

Wollongong Artificial Reef

This reef was installed in 2019 just 2.4km off Perkins Beach, 2.5km south of Five Islands Nature Reserve.

It is a steel pinnacle reef in 32m of water, with a profile of 12m.

Common species include yellowtail kingfish, snapper, trevally, mulloway, tailor, yakkas and blue mackerel.

Wollongong Artificial Reef GPS marks

34 31.081S 150.54.883E
34 31.182S 150 54.795E

Wollongong regional fishing GPS marks

Stanwell Park region … 30km north of the ‘Gong
Garie Beach wide ground 34.10.594S 151.06.875E
Burning Palms 34.12.530S 151.04.660E
The Hump 34.13.851S 151.04.369E
Tunnel 34.13.851S 151.04.459E
The Reef 34.13.852S 151.04.401E

Wollongong fishing seasons

Bream, yellowfin – summer, autumn and winter.
Bream, black – summer, autumn and winter.
Bonito – summer.
Crabs, blue – summer.
Flathead, dusky – spring, summer and autumn.
Flathead, tiger and bluespot – autumn.
Flounder – spring, summer and autumn.
Garfish – summer.
Luderick – winter inside estuaries, all year along coast.
Marlin, black, blue and striped – summer and autumn with the blue and striped marlin also in spring.
Mulloway – all year, arguably more fish about in spring and summer.
Prawns – summer
Tailor – summer, autumn and winter.
Trevally, silver – summer and spring. Offshore in autumn.
Tuna, yellowfin, mackerel and striped – autumn, summer and spring.
Salmon – spring, summer and autumn.
Snapper – all year.
Whiting – spring, summer and autumn.
Yellowtail kingfish – spring, summer and autumn.

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Fishing gear for NSW

A 3-6kg spin outfit is the ideal all-rounder for most New South Wales estuary and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

For wary fish in clear water, a 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal for estuary whiting, bream and bass. See eBay listing here.

An affordable heavy duty surf rod can be seen at the eBay listing here.

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

These heavier surf rods can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Surf rod-reel combos are available, see eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for tailor, kingfish and salmon in the surf and off the rocks. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of New South Wales saltwater and freshwater species. Listing on eBay here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. Listing on eBay here.

Squid jigs are useful in New South Wales, especially in Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay. Listing on eBay 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 for ball sinkers here and for snapper leads here

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for tailor, salmon 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.

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Some external videos filmed around Wollongong are featured below.

Wollongong rock fishing

Wollongong rock wall fishing

Lake Illawarra fishing

Wollongong fishing

Wollongong artificial reef

Darwin barramundi fishing charters

Professional barramundi fishing guides work out of Darwin, working under in tightly regulated industry that maximises client safety and satisfaction.

There are also several remote fishing camps and lodges.

Bluewater charters also work out of Darwin, targeting reef and pelagic fish.

Most charters operate out of Darwin for both day trips or extended trips.

Almost everything is provided for your fishing trip, with tackle supplied on a replace if lost or damaged basis.

Barramundi can be caught all year, but the best time to go is in the late wet season, during the famous “run-off”.

A wet season trip is a gamble regarding your booking as a cyclone can arrive at an inconvenient time, but if the stars align the fishing will be brilliant.

Barramundi fishing charters out of Darwin ….

Spring Tide Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Darwin North Australia (DNA) Barramundi Fishing Tours …. details here.
Obsession Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Daly River Barra Resort …. details here.
Territory Guided Fishing …. details here.

Bluewater fishing charters out of Darwin ….

Arafura Bluewater Charters …. details here.
Equinox Charters …. details here.
Humbug Charters …. details here.

Remote NT private camps ….

Wiligi Arnhem Land …. details here.
Cobourg Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Lorella Springs Station …. details here.
Limmen Fishing Camp …. on the Limmen Bight River has fuel, riverside camping and very basic accommodation 25km from the Savannah Way Cox River crossing. Ph 08 8975 9844.
Seven Emu Station …. details here.
Manangoora Station …. access to the Wearyan River, Gulf of Carpentaria and Vanderlin Island. Phone: 08 8975 9549.

Aerial tours with fishing ….

Outback Floatplane Adevntures …. details here.
Helifish …. details here.

Remote NT charters ….

Cobourg Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Cannon Charters …. details here.
Humbug Charters …. details here.

Darwin fishing accommodation

If taking a bluewater charter out of Darwin you can stay anywhere in the city as it is invariably a short trip to where the charter boats embark. Likewise, most barramundi tours also leave from Darwin, although there are regional operations.

If touring in a vehicle, Katherine, 350km south of Darwin, is central to the the Victoria, Roper, Katherine and Daly Rivers.

Various dedicated NT fishing lodges and mainstream accommodation is included below.

The NT’s Million Dollar Fish promotion runs each year for a “season”, usually from October to March, but the timing can change. There are 100 or so $10,000 tagged barra to be caught each year, and a $1m fish, of which several tagged fish are eligible for the big prize. Be sure to register at their website.

Darwin accommodation

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront …. details here.
Alatai Holiday Apartments …. details here.
Argus Apartments Darwin …. details here.
Argus Hotel Darwin …. details here.
Bali Studio …. details here.
BeachLife Apartments …. details here.
BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park …. details here.
C2 Esplanade Service Apartments …. details here.
Cardona Crt …. details here.
Casa on Gregory …. details here.
Chillis Backpackers …. details here.
Chique Chaque …. details here.
City Gardens Apartments …. details here.
Club Tropical Resort Darwin …. details here.
Coconut Grove Holiday Apartments …. details here.
Crab Claw Island Resort …. details here.
Crocodilly Inn …. details here.
Crocs on Cavenagh …. details here.
Crown Point on Cullen …. details here.
Cullen Bay Luxury Suites …. details here.
Cullen Bay Resorts …. details here.
Darwin Central Hotel …. details here.
Darwin City B&B …. details here.
Darwin City Chic@Kube Apartments …. details here.
Darwin City Edge Motel & Suites …. details here.
Darwin City Hotel …. details here.
Darwin City Point Hotel (Poinciana Inn) …. details here.
Darwin Deluxe Apartments …. details here.
Darwin Esplanade Escape …. details here.
Darwin Executive Stay …. details here.
Darwin Executive Suites & FREE CAR …. details here.
Darwin holiday home …. details here.
Darwin Waterfront Apartments …. details here.
Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites …. details here.
Darwin Wharf Escape Holiday Apartments …. details here.
Discovery Parks Darwin …. details here.
DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin …. details here.
DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin …. details here.
Down Under Hostels …. details here.
Eagles Nest Waterfront Retreat …. details here.
Frogs-Hollow Backpackers …. details here.
Frontier Hotel Darwin …. details here.
H Hotel …. details here.
H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel …. details here.
Heritage Apartment …. details here.
Hidden Valley Holiday Park Darwin …. details here.
Hilton Darwin …. details here.
HiWay Inn Motel …. details here.
Jewell Apartment …. details here.
Kakadu @ the Kube (Darwin City) …. details here.
La Marina Waterfront Villa …. details here.
Luma Luma Holiday Apartments …. details here.
Mandalay Luxury Stay …. details here.
Mantra on The Esplanade …. details here.
Mantra Pandanas …. details here.
Marrakai Apartments …. details here.
Melaleuca on MitchellDarwin YHA …. details here.
Mercure Darwin Airport Resort …. details here.
Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel …. details here.
Novotel Darwin Airport …. details here.
Novotel Darwin CBD …. details here.
Oaks Elan Darwin …. details here.
One30 Esplanade …. details here.
Palms City Resort …. details here.
Parap Village Apartments …. details here.
Paravista Motel …. details here.
Peninsular Apartments …. details here.
Pips Esplanade Hideaway …. details here.
Quality Hotel Darwin Airport …. details here.
Quest Berrimah …. details here.
Quest PalmerstonDarwin …. details here.
Quest Parap …. details here.
Ramada Suites Zen Quarter …. details here.
RNR Serviced Apartments …. details here.
Rydges Palmerston …. details here.
Saltwater Suites …. details here.
Seabreeze on Nightcliff …. details here.
Sky View …. details here.
Skycity Darwin …. details here.
Skytower Central …. details here.
Sunset on Nightcliff …. details here.
The Bali House …. details here.
The Cavenagh …. details here.
The Leprechaun Resort …. details here.
The Lookout …. details here.
Travelodge Resort Darwin …. details here.
Value Inn …. details here.
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront …. details here.
Villa Frangipani …. details here.
Wagait Beach Bush Retreat …. details here.
Youth Shack Backpackers Darwin …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing Bynoe Harbour ….
Crab Claw Island Resort …. details here.
Sandpalms Roadhouse …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the Adelaide River ….
Goat Island Lodge …. details here.
Mt Bundy Station …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing Kakadu ….
Cooinda Lodge Kakadu …. details here.
Kakadu Lodge …. details here.
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile …. details here.
Aurora Kakadu …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Nhulunbuy ….
Bremer Island Banubanu Beach Retreat …. details here.
Walkabout Lodge …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Katherine ….
Cicada Lodge …. details here.
ibis Styles Katherine …. details here.
Katherine Motel …. details here.
Katherine River Lodge …. details here.
Knotts Crossing Resort …. details here.
Paraway Motel …. details here.
Pine Tree Motel …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the Daly River ….
Woolianna on the Daly …. details here.
Daly River Barra Resort …. details here.
Banyan Farm …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the Roper River ….
Roper Bar Caravan Park …. reopened in 2021.
Tomato Island Campground (Munbililla) only vans and tents …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the McArthur River ….
King Ash Bay Fishing Club …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing the Mary River region ….
Corroboree Park Tavern …. details here.
Mary River Houseboats …. details here.
Mary River Wilderness Retreat …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Dundee Beach ….
Dundee Beach Holiday Park …. details here.
Mermaid Rest …. details here.
Rustic Retreat …. details here.
Skippers at Dundee …. details here.

Darwin and Northern Territory boat hire

Darwin tides
NT fishing regulations
Kenbi Land Claim no-go areas map
Recent NT rainfall – important for run-off fishing
NT fishing holiday accommodation
NT’s Million Dollar Fish annual promotion
NT fishing regulations
North Australian FISH FINDER fishing map book

Darwin has a range of boat hire services.

A boating licence is not required.

Darwin’s coastal waters are subject to big tides, so trip planning is required for easy launching and retrieving.

It is often hot, so take plenty of drinking water and start drinking it early in the day.

Beware of stingers and crocodiles when launching and retrieving your boat.

Dry season winds tend to blow offshore, while the wet season and Build-up brings thunderstorms.

Every year, tagged barramundi worth $10k are released across the Top End for the Million Dollar Fish annual promotion. Some of these fish are eligible to collect a $1m cash prize.

For Darwin and NT fishing marks and maps, the best source is from North Australian FISH FINDER.

Boat hire services

Barra Boat Hire …. details here.
Darwin Boat Hire …. details here.
Top End Boat Hire …. details here.
Outback Boat Hire …. details here.
Corroboree Boat Hire …. details here.
Offshore Boat Hire …. details here.
Mary River Houseboats …. details here.
Katherine Boats and Floats …. details here.
Mixed Bag Boat Hire …. details here.

Patawalonga River, South Australia

Patawalonga sea entrance tides
Glenelg coast on Beachsafe
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks

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

The Patawalonga River is a somewhat unusual waterway in suburban Adelaide that exits to the sea at Glenelg.

It is unusual in that it has a system of weirs to control waterflow, and is now officially called a lake system.

Patawalonga Lake System diverts stormwater to sea via the Barcoo Outlet and uses Gulf of St Vincent tides to flush the lake with ​seawater.

The man-made lake is 1.6km long and runs along the coast from Glenelg to West Beach.

The way the waterway works is explained here.

The main purpose of the lake system is to stop tides from flooding Glenelg North and Adelaide Airport, and divert stormwater in the Sturt River, Keswick and Brownhill Creeks from flooding property along the lake.

The benefit for fishos is that the lake provides great habitat for fish such as black bream and mullet, and school mulloway are attracted to its mouth when it flows floodwater to sea.

Rock walls outside the lake are ideal fishing platforms for catching salmon trout, black bream, yelloweye mullet, tommy ruffs, flathead, mulloway and garfish.

Mainly bream are caught inside the lake.

Sharks and rays are caught off the rocks at night at high tide.

For mulloway, fish during and after flooding and use small livebait such as salmon trout, yelloweye mullet or tommy ruff.

Note that there are special rules for fishing for sharks and rays in South Australia.

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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. They move further up waterways in summer. 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. 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, usually in summer.

Garfish - Best in summer/autumn but bigger fish often caught in winter. 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 caught all year. Use live baits or fresh fish fillets or freshly caught squid. Fish dusk into the night at turn of tide.

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

Snapper - All year 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. Restrictions currently apply.

Bluefin tuna - these appear off western SA before Christmas, reaching Port Lincoln about late February, and the eastern SA coast around March, depending on currents. Early season brings the biggest fish, along with albacore.

Snook - Bite all year but best in summer. 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 - All year but often better quality fish 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 in spots well away from swimmers. Use fresh or live worms or peeled prawns. Some fishos do OK on tiny lures.

Kingfish - summer.

Silver trevally - summer.

Chow (yakkas) - summer.

Red mullet - all year.

Leatherjackets - all year.

Sweep and zebra fish - all year.

Sharks - all year but better in summer.

Fishing gear for South Australian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet and bream. See eBay listing here.

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.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing.An affordable heavy duty surf rod can be seen at the eBay listing here.

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

These heavier surf rods can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Surf rod-reel combos are available, 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.

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 for ball sinkers here and for snapper leads 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.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are often used when fishing pilchard or garfish baits for salmon and mulloway. Listing on eBay 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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Some external videos filmed around Patawalonga River are featured below.

Patawalonga bream fishing

Patawalonga bream fishing

Patawalonga salmon fishing

Glenelg drone footage

Outer Harbour mulloway fishing

Port River, South Australia
Outer Harbour, South Australia
Outer Harbour rock walls, near Adelaide
Outer Harbour rock walls, near Adelaide

Outer Harbour tides
Outer Harbour webcam
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks

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

Outer Harbour is the entrance to Adelaide’s Port River, a waterway that has produced many large mulloway.

The entrance rock walls are great place to target mulloway, and big fish can be expected.

The harbour entrance is dredged and lined by giant walls, locally called breakwaters, with the southern wall being accessible on foot and the northern wall only fishable by boat.

There is no footpath on the wall, so it is a long and dangerous hop, skip and jump along the rocks, and a very long way to the end, especially if you are carrying a lot of gear.

However there is no need to fish the end to catch mulloway, as good fishing can be had the full length of the wall.

Mulloway were also caught from the nearby wharves before they were closed to access.

Mulloway patrol along the rock wall, but divers say schools will also rest in one location until they decide to feed.

Unfortunately, without a boat and sounder to locate schools, landbased fishos must target fish that are on the move along the wall.

Mulloway usually feed on the turn of the tide.

Night fishing is best for mulloway, but some good fish are caught from Outer Harbour breakwater in daylight.

Use livebait for mulloway.

Catching livebait can be problematic – small salmon trout, tommies, gar and squid are ideal but not always available from the rocks.

Alternatively, try a small zebra fish, which can be caught on small hooks along the rocks, or fish the shallow (south) side of the wall for sand whiting.

If you catch a large salmon trout the fillets can be good bait, but rays will be a nuisance.

Be sure to have fresh whole pilchards or gar as backup bait.

Mulloway will pick up a bait and run, presumably to get away from other competing fish in the school with their prize, so you may need to give them line before striking.

Mulloway schools tend to come and go, making mulloway fishing hot or cold.

Be sure to have suitable tackle for big fish and a gaff to land your fish.

Large snapper are also caught while fishing for mulloway, as are various sharks and rays.

Tidal flow along the walls is not always strong enough to prevent fishing, but on the bigger tides fishing is easier on the turn, and it is also when mulloway are likely to bite.

Anything is possible along the Outer Harbour wall – mulloway, snapper, kingfish, salmon, leatherjackets, flathead, bream, tommies, zebra fish, squid, sharks and rays all show up.

Nearby, North Haven marina has smaller rock walls that produce a few fish for landbased fishos.

North of Outer Harbour the shallow coastline is a mecca for crab-rakers and gar-dabbers.

Find local fishing holiday accommodation here.


fish finder book

South Australian fishing seasons and baits

The following advice applies mainly to the two gulfs.

Black bream - All year, best in winter/spring. They move further up waterways in summer. 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. 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, usually in summer.

Garfish - Best in summer/autumn but bigger fish often caught in winter. 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 caught all year. Use live baits or fresh fish fillets or freshly caught squid. Fish dusk into the night at turn of tide.

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

Snapper - All year 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. Restrictions currently apply.

Bluefin tuna - these appear off western SA before Christmas, reaching Port Lincoln about late February, and the eastern SA coast around March, depending on currents. Early season brings the biggest fish, along with albacore.

Snook - Bite all year but best in summer. 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 - All year but often better quality fish 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 in spots well away from swimmers. Use fresh or live worms or peeled prawns. Some fishos do OK on tiny lures.

Kingfish - summer.

Silver trevally - summer.

Chow (yakkas) - summer.

Red mullet - all year.

Leatherjackets - all year.

Sweep and zebra fish - all year.

Sharks - all year but better in summer.

Fishing gear for South Australian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet and bream. See eBay listing here.

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.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing.An affordable heavy duty surf rod can be seen at the eBay listing here.

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

These heavier surf rods can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Surf rod-reel combos are available, 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.

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 for ball sinkers here and for snapper leads 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.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are often used when fishing pilchard or garfish baits for salmon and mulloway. Listing on eBay 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.

Check out Parsun outboard motors on eBay

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Email us any corrections, additions, pictures or video here.

Some external videos filmed around Outer Harbour are featured below.

Outer Harbour squid

Outer Harbour salmon

Outer Harbour spearfishing

Diving at North Haven

North Haven mulloway fishing

North Haven tides
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks

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

North Haven marina rock walls are located south of the more popular Outer Harbor breakwaters.

Outer Harbour is the better spot to target mulloway, but some good mulloway are caught from North Haven’s rock walls.

Mulloway are usually caught here in summer and autumn.

Livebait such as mullet, salmon trout or squid is a must, and you should fish at night.

For mulloway, don’t cast too far from the rocks, as they patrol the edge.

Also, the last of the runout tide can fish well for mulloway at this location.

Week nights are best when there is less boat traffic.

For landbased fishos, North Haven rock walls also produce salmon trout, squid, garfish, black bream, yelloweye mullet, flathead and blue swimmer crabs are also caught.

Flathead are mostly an incidental catch in South Australia, but there are enough flathead on North Haven’s sandy sea floor to be worth targeting – just slowly retrieve a bait or lure to catch them.

North Haven also has good boat fishing nearby, with king george whiting, red mullet, squid, garfish, flathead and snapper found over patch ground and near the seagrass beds.

Gummy sharks and large rays are caught from the North Haven rock walls at night.

Note that there are special rules for fishing for sharks and rays in South Australia.

Other landbased spots to try near Adelaide include the productive Port River estuary, and West Lakes, a reclaimed marsh that is now a saltwater canal estate and a great spot to target large black bream.

Adelaide’s metro jetties are located south of North Haven, at Semaphore and Largs Bay, Grange, Henley, Glenelg and Brighton.

Find local fishing holiday accommodation here.


fish finder book

South Australian fishing seasons and baits

The following advice applies mainly to the two gulfs.

Black bream - All year, best in winter/spring. They move further up waterways in summer. 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. 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, usually in summer.

Garfish - Best in summer/autumn but bigger fish often caught in winter. 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 caught all year. Use live baits or fresh fish fillets or freshly caught squid. Fish dusk into the night at turn of tide.

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

Snapper - All year 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. Restrictions currently apply.

Bluefin tuna - these appear off western SA before Christmas, reaching Port Lincoln about late February, and the eastern SA coast around March, depending on currents. Early season brings the biggest fish, along with albacore.

Snook - Bite all year but best in summer. 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 - All year but often better quality fish 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 in spots well away from swimmers. Use fresh or live worms or peeled prawns. Some fishos do OK on tiny lures.

Kingfish - summer.

Silver trevally - summer.

Chow (yakkas) - summer.

Red mullet - all year.

Leatherjackets - all year.

Sweep and zebra fish - all year.

Sharks - all year but better in summer.

Fishing gear for South Australian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet and bream. See eBay listing here.

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.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing.An affordable heavy duty surf rod can be seen at the eBay listing here.

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

These heavier surf rods can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Surf rod-reel combos are available, 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.

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 for ball sinkers here and for snapper leads 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.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are often used when fishing pilchard or garfish baits for salmon and mulloway. Listing on eBay 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.

Check out Parsun outboard motors on eBay

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Email us any corrections, additions, pictures or video here.

Some external videos filmed around North Haven are featured below.

North Haven aerial views

North Haven diving

North Haven flathead fishing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB13fiKSFik

How to catch fish for beginners

Learn how to catch fish and you'll never go hungry
Learn how to catch fish and you’ll never go hungry

The methods used to catch fish have changed throughout history.

Amateur fishing today is limited mostly to fishing with rods and lines, as indiscriminate netting takes more fish than the resource can provide.

Some types of low impact amateur netting or trapping are permitted in some areas, especially for crabs, prawns, squid and lobsters.

But for the purposes of this article, we will discuss fishing with rod and line.

How to catch fish

First, determine the most common species locally available. The more abundant fish will likely be the easiest to find.

Secondly, determine what seasons these fish are available, as some fish are about all year while others come and go with seasons.

Legal closed seasons and fishing gear restrictions may apply, and bag limits. Check your local fisheries department website for legal requirements before fishing.

Thirdly, obtain appropriate fishing gear and bait for the species you target.

A handline with hook and sinker is the cheapest fishing gear, but also the most limited in application.

A rod and basic spinning reel makes fishing easier. Nylon line is cheap, works well and the clear nylon material helps fools the fish.

Braided or gelpsun lines are popular but are more expensive.

If you are fishing off a beach or rocks you will need a longer, stronger fishing rod and heavier line than you will need when fishing a lake or stream.

You will need a selection of hooks and sinkers, and perhaps also some floats which are used to suspend baits under water.

You only need to learn two knots to fish effectively, and most fishing can be done with one. For nylon lines, learn a loop knot and the locked half blood knot.

Look up how to make a fishing rig using these knots, both with sinker and hook, or float and hook. There are many sinker rigs, but the two simplest are the running sinker rig, and the paternoster rig. Sometimes you do not even need a sinker, just cast out the baited hook.

Fourthly, determine the best fishing location in your area, and the best fishing time for that location – most fish in tidal waters feed as the tide comes in and approaches the day’s peak level.

Some fish are caught mostly at night, while others are caught in daylight. Do the research and find out. Though fishing at night can be very effective, it is not easy when you are a beginner.

Fifthly, obtain fresh bait. Fish respond best to fresh or live bait. Tackle shops can help with supplies of frozen bait.

Bait must only be harvested where it is legally permitted to do so.

With the above points covered, your fishing trips will soon be successful.

Fishing is a learning game. Learning to cast a rig is an important skill, try practising at home before fishing.

Avoiding line tangles is another skill, this can be frustrating at first.

Expect to get your rig occasionally stuck on rocks and timber and to lose tackle this way.

YouTube is a great source of information on how to catch fish, and prepare fish for eating.

Keep in mind that sharks and rays make a fine meal if appropriately prepared.

Also keep in mind that in some metro waters fish can be tainted by pollution. Do your research before eating local fish.

North Haven, South Australia

North Haven is just south of Adelaide's Outer Harbour
North Haven is just south of Adelaide’s Outer Harbour

North Haven tides
Outer Harbour webcam
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks

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

North Haven marina rock walls are located just 1.2km south of the more popular Outer Harbor breakwaters.

For landbased fishos, North Haven rocks produce mainly salmon trout and squid, but garfish, black bream, yelloweye mullet, flathead, occasional mulloway and blue swimmer crabs are also caught.

Flathead are mostly an incidental catch in South Australia, but there are enough flathead on North Haven’s sandy sea floor to be worth targeting – just slowly retrieve a bait or lure to catch them.

Garfish are best off the rocks here in summer.

Black Bream and mulloway are year round, with blue crabs best in summer.

Salmon trout are most abundant in autumn and winter, and tommy ruffs are also caught.

Flathead, yelloweye mullet and leatherjackets are caught all year.

Mulloway are caught here in summer and autumn, but livebait such as mullet or salmon trout is a must, and you should fish at night.

For mulloway, don’t cast too far out from the rocks, as they patrol the edge. Also, the last of the runout tide can fish well for them at this location.

North Haven has good boat fishing nearby, with king george whiting, red mullet, squid, garfish, flathead and snapper found over patch ground and near the seagrass beds.

Another landbased spot to try is West Beach boat ramp rock wall, where big black bream are caught, mostly inside the rock wall.

Gummy sharks, eagle and smooth rays can be taken with suitable gear at North Haven and West Beach, but Port Jackson sharks and fiddler rays can be a nuisance.

Note that there are special rules for fishing for sharks and rays in South Australia.

Find local fishing holiday accommodation here.


fish finder book

South Australian fishing seasons and baits

The following advice applies mainly to the two gulfs.

Black bream - All year, best in winter/spring. They move further up waterways in summer. 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. 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, usually in summer.

Garfish - Best in summer/autumn but bigger fish often caught in winter. 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 caught all year. Use live baits or fresh fish fillets or freshly caught squid. Fish dusk into the night at turn of tide.

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

Snapper - All year 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. Restrictions currently apply.

Bluefin tuna - these appear off western SA before Christmas, reaching Port Lincoln about late February, and the eastern SA coast around March, depending on currents. Early season brings the biggest fish, along with albacore.

Snook - Bite all year but best in summer. 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 - All year but often better quality fish 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 in spots well away from swimmers. Use fresh or live worms or peeled prawns. Some fishos do OK on tiny lures.

Kingfish - summer.

Silver trevally - summer.

Chow (yakkas) - summer.

Red mullet - all year.

Leatherjackets - all year.

Sweep and zebra fish - all year.

Sharks - all year but better in summer.

Fishing gear for South Australian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet and bream. See eBay listing here.

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.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing.An affordable heavy duty surf rod can be seen at the eBay listing here.

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

These heavier surf rods can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Surf rod-reel combos are available, 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.

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 for ball sinkers here and for snapper leads 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.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are often used when fishing pilchard or garfish baits for salmon and mulloway. Listing on eBay 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.

Check out Parsun outboard motors on eBay

****

Email us any corrections, additions, pictures or video here.

Some external videos filmed around North Haven are featured below.

North Haven fishing

North Haven diving

North Haven drone footage

Semaphore jetty, South Australia

A snapper caught from Brighton Jetty
A snapper from Adelaide’s original Brighton jetty … Semaphore jetty has also produced big reds

Adelaide (Outer Harbour) tides
West Beach webcam
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks
SA stocked dams
SA dam water levels
Murray River fishing spots

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

Semaphore jetty is one of Adelaide’s more popular fishing jetties.

It is over half a kilometre in length, set over shallow sandy bottom, with some broken ground at the end.

The jetty is famous for its big yellowfin whiting.

Fish a rising tide for these whiting when there are no swimmers nearby, and use very light tackle and fresh bait.

Bream are found around the pylons, but they see a lot of baits and can be hard to catch.

Most Semaphore fishos target squid, blue swimmer crabs, garfish, tommy ruffs, salmon trout, yellowfin whiting and yelloweye mullet.

Mullet and salmon trout (juvenile salmon) are caught all year.

Blue crabs are best in summer, with two-spot sand crabs in April/May.

Fish for tommy ruff and gar after dark.

North of Semaphore jetty is the shorter and shallow Largs Bay jetty, which produces mostly blue swimmer crabs and yellowfin whiting around high tide.

Occasional school mulloway are caught from Semaphore jetty.

Big snapper can’t be caught now, but have been caught off Semaphore jetty in years past.

Gummy sharks, eagle and smooth rays are taken with suitable gear off these jetties, but Port Jackson sharks and fiddler rays can be a nuisance.

The author was fishing Semaphore jetty at night when a school of small hammerhead sharks raced in and smashed the tommy ruffs under lights.

Note that there are special rules for fishing for sharks and rays in South Australia.

Adelaide’s other metro jetties are Brighton, Glenelg, Henley, and Grange.

Other landbased spots to try near Adelaide include North Haven, the productive Port River estuary, and West Lakes, a reclaimed marsh that is now a saltwater canal estate and a great spot to target large black bream.

Register and leave a comment and/or photo about your Semaphore jetty fishing experience.

Find local fishing holiday accommodation here.


fish finder book

South Australian fishing seasons and baits

The following advice applies mainly to the two gulfs.

Black bream - All year, best in winter/spring. They move further up waterways in summer. 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. 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, usually in summer.

Garfish - Best in summer/autumn but bigger fish often caught in winter. 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 caught all year. Use live baits or fresh fish fillets or freshly caught squid. Fish dusk into the night at turn of tide.

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

Snapper - All year 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. Restrictions currently apply.

Bluefin tuna - these appear off western SA before Christmas, reaching Port Lincoln about late February, and the eastern SA coast around March, depending on currents. Early season brings the biggest fish, along with albacore.

Snook - Bite all year but best in summer. 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 - All year but often better quality fish 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 in spots well away from swimmers. Use fresh or live worms or peeled prawns. Some fishos do OK on tiny lures.

Kingfish - summer.

Silver trevally - summer.

Chow (yakkas) - summer.

Red mullet - all year.

Leatherjackets - all year.

Sweep and zebra fish - all year.

Sharks - all year but better in summer.

Fishing gear for South Australian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet and bream. See eBay listing here.

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.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing.An affordable heavy duty surf rod can be seen at the eBay listing here.

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

These heavier surf rods can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Surf rod-reel combos are available, 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.

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 for ball sinkers here and for snapper leads 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.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are often used when fishing pilchard or garfish baits for salmon and mulloway. Listing on eBay 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.

Check out Parsun outboard motors on eBay

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