NOTE: Special snapper rules apply in South Australia – more info here.
Marion Bay is a large bay under the southern “foot” of Yorke Peninsula.
It is one of two places where boats can be launched near the bottom of the peninsula, the other being Pondalowie Bay.
It is not an ideal launch site however, being exposed and only a single lane.
Marion Bay jetty fishes well for squid, gar, tommy ruff and mullet.
The beach within the bay is renowned for an autumn mullet run.
Boaters who want large KG whiting can launch here and go 25km east to Foul Bay, which produces the big fish.
Beaches from Marion Bay east to Troubridge Point produce mulloway.
Big flathead are also caught.
Butlers Beach, east of Marion Bay, has excellent surf salmon fishing.
Marion Bay lies just outside Innes National Park.
Local charter operators visit the many offshore grounds, including further west towards Port Lincoln, where samson, morwong, harlequin fish, kingfish, trevally, snapper, nannygai and sharks are caught, but take note of Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park.
Wedge Island, located in the lower Spencer Gulf between York Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula, is accessible by sea from Marion Bay or by aeroplane from Adelaide and Warooka.
This is a remote location in the wild Southern Ocean and suitably seaworthy boats are essential.
As well as reef fish, southern bluefin tuna can be expected in spring/summer.
Charter operators visit the island and beach-house accommodation is available.
Snapper are spring/summer, nannygai are all year, kingfish are mainly summer/autumn.
Salmon are caught at Wedge Island’s northern beach.
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Some external videos filmed around Marion Bay are featured below.