Cape Jervis, at the southern end of Fleurieu Peninsula 88km south of Adelaide, is a gateway to the waters of Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island.
The coastline here is mainly rocky, with some beaches flanked by rock, reef and seagrass beds.
Boaters will find exceptional fishing, with good grounds along the coast and in the passage.
Cape Jervis jetty is well worth fishing, with tommy ruffs (tommies) in winter and calamari and arrow squid in summer.
Shore-based fishing the relatively low energy beaches in this region produces yellowfin whiting in summer and yellow-eye mullet in winter, with salmon trout all year and the chance of salmon, tailor and mulloway.
Beach fishing is at Fishery Bay to the south and Morgans Beach to the north, which are easily accessible by road.
For those willing to walk north from Morgans, Tea Tree Creek Beach may produce larger resident fish such as leatherjackets.
Fishery Bay produces mostly smaller fish like mullet, juvenile salmon and tommy ruffs.
Good offshore spots include grounds around Sanders Bank and south of The Pages.
Squid are reliable when drifting broken or weedy grounds off Cape Jervis, and Wirrina to the north.
About 12km north-east of Cape Jervis, Rapid Bay has a fishing jetty, the famous old limestone-loading jetty was closed to the public in 2004but some structure remains.
About 15km north-east of Cape Jervis lies Second Valley, which has a short jetty that produces mainly squid. There are easily accessible rock platforms that look very fishy, but it is generally a busy place on weekends.
Further north-east is Wirrina, which has a large marina with extensive rock walls.
Fishing sanctuaries exist off Rapid Head and north of Carackalinga, so check the boundaries before you fish.
About 26km north of Cape Jervis, Normanville has a 7km beach into which flow the intermittent Yankalilla River, Bungala River and Carrickalinga Creek.
Mulloway are a chance off the beach when the creeks flood and the sea mouths open.
Normanville has a small jetty that fishes well at times, and Haycock Point at the northern end is also worth trying.
Boats can be launched at Lady Bay and Normanville.
Some of the beach is narrow and steep, with seagrass growing to within 50m of shore.
Backstairs Passage itself is the home of big snapper (when you are allowed to catch them).
The Passage is not easily fished, being subject to strong currents and standing waves, and big sinkers are required even when fishing the turn of the tide.
The Pages Island group in the passage includes a marine sanctuary and no-go zones.
There is a boat ramp within the marinas at Cape Jervis and Wirrina.
Here is a list of recommended tackle for SA waters.
Here is the SA seasonal fishing calendar for various fish species.
NOTE: Special snapper rules apply in South Australia – more info here.
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