Some of Australia’s biggest mulloway come from the wild ocean beaches of the Nullabor.
This is not an area to be taken lightly because of its remoteness, but the potential rewards are great.
Visitors need 4WD vehicles and must be self-sufficient.
Permits are available to stay at various bush campsites behind the first dunes along the western end of the Nullabor coast, between the dingo fence and Twin Rocks, with public access available on the eastern end.
Two marine sanctuary areas apply to landbased fishos, as well as no-go zones for boaters – the no-go zone is much larger from May 1 to October 31 each year.
Visit the website www.environment.sa.gov.au/marineparks/About/zones/far-west-coast for details.
Campers must bring fresh water, refrigeration and shade. A compressor to reflate tyres after sand driving is essential.
Alcohol is not permitted in the Aboriginal land area.
Access to the best fishing gutters requires either a good 4WD or quad bikes, as the distances are long.
The months either side of Christmas are good for mulloway, fishing the big tides of the full and new moons.
Use fresh or live bait and strong tackle.
Daytime fishing at high tide works well, with less chance of hooking sharks and rays than at night.
Salmon are caught in winter, and snapper and tailor visit the area. Shark fishermen will be kept busy.
For permits visit www.yalata.org and book in advance.
The permit camp sites go by the name of Hilton, Bob’s Kitchen, Jaxsons, Tjiti Tjukalu, Geues Hole and Coombra – see the map at the top of page.
Vehicles can access the beach at Granites, Bob’s Kitchen and Hilton.
The other campsites are close to the gutters and fishermen can walk.
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