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Port Broughton, South Australia

Port Broughton, South Australia
Port Broughton, South Australia

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

Port Broughton is located on the upper west side of Spencer Gulf, about 170km north of Adelaide.

It is known for its sheltered waters and 400m-long T-jetty.

The waters immediately surrounding Port Broughton are shallow, with extensive flats and seagrass beds.

Before the state’s snapper ban, Port Broughton waters produced some huge snapper for trailerboaters, much like the Whyalla region on the opposite side of the upper gulf.

Today the protected waters of the bay are ideal for chasing smaller bread and butter species like gar, tommies and squid, as this area can be fished when the wind might shut down other locations.

Yellowtail kingfish show up quite regularly.

Large yellowfin whiting are caught from the beach or jetty – use the lightest possible tackle and fresh or live baits in the shallow, clear water.

Tommy ruffs, salmon trout, mullet, gar and tommies are the main catch off the jetty, along with squid and blue crabs.

When the snapper ban ends, the Illusion wreck and Plank Shoal may once again become the top offshore spots.

The snapper run in spring and summer.

Port Broughton Fishing GPS Marks

Tiparra Reef
34 03.913S
137 23.494E
Tiparra Wide
34 04.654S
137 18.261E

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Some external videos filmed around Port Broughton are featured below.

Port Broughton drone footage

Port Broughton kingfish

Port Broughton whiting

How to fillet flathead

Flathead make a tasty meal, but being a bit different from other fish they present a bit of a challenge for newbie filleters.
Keep in mind that they have sharp spines on the gill covers, and dorsal spikes, and sharp teeth too.
Here’s one effective way to fillet them.

How to fillet flathead – Method 1

Put the fish on its back and cut across the body through the belly flap behind the pelvic fins.
Put the knife in the anus and cut lengthwise up to the first cut behind the pelvic fins.
Remove innards.
With the fish on its back cut through the fish each side of the backbone.
Put the flathead on its side and cut through along each side to the backbone.
Put the fish on its belly and cut through the back skin.
Separate the fillets from the backbone.
Run the knife down each side of the rib cage bones to separate the fillets from the ribs.
Skin part of the tail end of the fillet by running the knife between the skin and flesh with the skin-side down and the knife angled to the ground, then use the small flap of skin to pull the skin off the flesh.

How to fillet flathead – Method 2 (simpler)

Put the fish on its side and cut into the thick end of the fillet just behind the pelvic fins.
With the knife still in the fish, angle the knife to the back of the fish and proceed to cut the fillet along the backbone down almost to the tail, but leave the skin attached to the tail.
Pull the attached fillet away from the fish and start skinning the tail end of the fillet by running the knife between the skin and flesh with the skin-side down and the knife angled to the ground.
Once about 3cm of skin is off, grab the fillet and skin and carefully tear the skin off the flesh, this will take the bones with it and leave you with a fillet.

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Some external videos showing how to fillet flathead are featured below.

How to fillet flathead

How to fillet flathead

How to fillet flathead

Clyde River, Tasmania

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Clyde River is a slow-flowing waterway, much of which is too deep to wade.

It flows through pasture but much of the riverbank is overgrown.

The headwaters are at Lake Crescent, and the Clyde flows into the Derwent River at Meadowbank Lake.

The best fishing is just north of Bothwell and downstream from Lake Crescent.

The water discolours after floods but clears fairly quickly.

Expect brown trout to 1kg, and redfin.

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Kayaking Clyde River at Bothwell

How to catch pink snapper in Tasmania

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Snapper are figuring more often in Tasmanian catches.

Some fishermen believe warming seas are creating better conditions for them, along with a stronger East Australian Current (EAC).

Are pink snapper becoming more common in Tasmania?

Do they breed in Tasmanian waters? If not, where do Tasmanian snapper come from?

This puzzle is being unravelled by Fisheries scientists.

Watch the external YouTube video by Barrett Wolfe PhD to learn what is known about snapper in Tasmania.

Pink snapper in Tasmania

How to rake blue crabs in South Australia

Port Parham, South Australia
Port Parham, South Australia

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Blue crabs invade the shallows across much of the SA coast from spring to autumn, where they can be raked while wading.

All you need is a crab rake and a tub, a boots that won’t get sucked off in the sand and mud.

You’ll be working hard out in the sun so be sure to take extra drinking water and sun protection.

Tough jeans or overalls are recommended to minimise scratches and cuts.

Don’t go crabbing in bare feet as there are razor-sharp shellfish, rocks, spined fish, stingrays and even blue-ringed octopus to contend with.

Prime spots include tidal flats between St Kilda and Port Parham, north of Adelaide, Thompson Beach … or almost anywhere there are tidal shallows and a combination of sand and weed.

Most crabbers go at low tide, then follow the incoming tide towards shore.

Water less than knee deep is enough.

Blue swimmer crabs grab the rake when disturbed and can usually be caught by just flipping the rake over.

You will need a crab measure, to ensure your catch is legal, and bag limits apply.

Blue crabs can be caught off most jetties in South Australia’s two gulfs and in the larger sheltered bays by using baited drop nets.

There is also a species of sand crab that occurs in big numbers at times near Adelaide, it is a light-brown colour with two dark spots on its back. The sand crab is tasty, but not as good as the famous blue swimmer crab.

Some external videos are shown below, demonstrating how crab raking is done.

Meanwhile, another similar popular SA pastime in the shallows is garfish dabbing, which is scooping fish under a spotlight.

Crab raking at Thompsons Beach

Crab raking in South Australia

Crab raking at Parham

Crab raking at Port Gawler

Crab raking at Ardrossan

Three $10,000 tagged fish caught in Victoria

Three gold-tagged fish, each worth $10,000, have been caught at Bemm River, 425km east of Melbourne.

The lucrative Victorian Golden Tag fishing competition kicked off on March 1 to help fire-affected communities benefit from fishing tourism in Victoria’s East Gippsland and north-east Victoria.

The first 10 fish caught carry a $10,000 prize, and the 990 others are worth $2000 each.

More than $2 million is up for grabs, with the event running for 12 months until February 28, 2021.

The tagged fish include black bream, dusky flathead and spotted whiting in East Gippsland, and murray cod, brown trout and rainbow trout in the northeast.

Towns including Mallacoota, Cann River, Bemm River, Orbost, Marlo, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers, Omeo, Dartmouth, Mitta Mitta, Corryong, Tallangatta and Bright are the focus of the campaign.

For more information the official website is here.

A catch report here.

How to catch redclaw crayfish

Reclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) are found most commonly in Australia’s warm freshwater impoundments.

Redclaw are native to Queensland and the NT but have been translocated elsewhere, with good numbers existing in some NSW waters.

It is possible they now exist in every state except Tasmania, as they tolerate a wide temperature range, low oxygen levels and crowded conditions.

As well as lakes and ponds, redclaw live happily in creeks, rock pools and fast-flowing rivers.

They are omnivorous, eating meat and plants.

Queensland dams are the most productive redclaw locations, but they are common in some NT waters, and in WA’s Lake Kununurra.

They were found in NSW’s Emigrant Creek Dam in 2004 and Lake Ainsworth in 2011, and may now exist widely in the NSW northern rivers region, with aquaculture facilities in Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Kempsey Shire, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Camden.

Redclaw spread as people illegally stocked them in places they were not natively found.

Their large size, good flavour and lack of dam-destroying burrowing behaviour (unlike southern yabbies) makes them popular.

Redclaw numbers fluctuate in impoundments from season to season, varying from super-abundant to hard pickings.

For best results, try to check redclaw stocks at a given location before making a trip.

Usually worthwhile numbers of redclaw are easy to find, and they can be readily caught in baited traps.

They can be trapped from shore in some locations, but a boat makes finding them easier.

Strict regulations apply to the type of gear used, partly to prevent animals such as turtles drowning in traps.

Redclaw fishing rules differ in each state.

Spearing them at night is popular in the NT, keeping in mind the crocodile risk.

Redclaw eyes shine red under a torchlight, making them easy to find, although a bait can be used to bring them to the spearer.

Redclaw crayfish can be boiled or grilled immediately after being caught, but some folk let redclaw purge themselves in a bin of clean water first.

They can be cooked and eaten many ways.

The tail can be peeled much like a prawn and the meat eaten on its own or in salads, or in sandwiches.

Some external videos about catching redclaw crayfish are featured below.

How to catch redclaw

How to catch redclaw

Catching redclaw from shore

Catching and cooking redclaw

Somerset Dam redclaw crayfish

Spearing NT redclaw crayfish

Northern Territory barramundi fishing guides and accommodation

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Every year North Australian FISH FINDER publishes a list of its recommended NT, NQ and northern WA barramundi fishing guides, bluewater charters, boat hires, remote camps and accommodation suitable for visiting fishermen.

Bookmark this page if you are planning a northern fishing holiday.

Here’s the 2019 list …

Darwin and NT 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.

Bluewater fishing charters out of Darwin ….
Arafura Bluewater Charters …. details here.
Equinox Charters …. details here.

Barramundi fishing guides out of Darwin ….
Spring Tide Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Darwin North Australia (DNA) Barramundi Fishing Tours …. details here.
Darwin Barra and Crab …. details here.
Obsession Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Insight Fly Fishing …. details here.
Daly River Barra Resort …. details here.

Aerial tours with fishing ….
Outback Floatplane Adevntures …. details here.
Helifish …. details here.

Remote NT charters ….
Cobourg Fishing Safaris …. details here.
Cannon Charters …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Darwin ….
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 …. closed at publication, may reopen at date unknown.
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.

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.

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.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria (NQ) ….
Ash’s Holiday Units …. details here.
End of the Road Motel …. details here.
Gee-Dee’s Family Cabins …. details here.
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park …. details here.
Matildas End Holiday Units …. details here.
Riverside Karumba …. details here.

Accommodation for people fishing out of Weipa on Cape York Peninsula (NQ) ….
Anchorage Weipa …. details here.
Heritage Resort …. details here.


NSW stocked fishing spots

NSW has many stocked fishing waters, including trout and native fish.

Accessing a history of stocking events in each waterway is easy thanks to the government’s Google map. There are markers on all the stocked waters with a popup showing the stocking history.

The screenshots below will give you the idea. Here’s a link to the current government maps … https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/resources/stocking



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