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What fish are biting?

Provided by Fishing SA Magazine

The McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast will have you hook, line and sinker. It's the gateway to a range of superb fishing opportunities south of Adelaide, with spectacular coastal scenery and friendly laid back vibe, we are a great catch! 

Whether you fish solo, or with a group of friends, boat or shore, there is something always biting in the area and we’ve made the decision of what to target a little easier for you, with our fortnightly ‘what fish are biting’ guide below.


Fish caught in McLaren Vale Fleurieu Coast As we head deeper into Spring, fishing in the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast is heating up! Mulloway catches are now becoming common in the Onkaparinga River to go with large bream, while squid and tommies have invaded inshore waters. It’s game on if you’re a fisho, with the action likely to snowball for the rest of the season!



Mulloway Onkaparinga River Fish during low light for best results. Hard body and soft plastic lures 3-5 inch or fish baits have been working.
Salmon/Salmon Trout Sellicks Beach, Port Willunga, Maslin Beach, Southport, Port Noarlunga Jetty, Onkaparinga River Try a combination of bait and lure to find the fish. If using bait use berley
Squid Land-based: Port Noarlunga Jetty, O’Sullivan Beach breakwater. Boat based: Port Stanvac, Sellicks, Aldinga, O’Sullivan Beach Try clear water, and use small 2.5 sized jigs if they’re fussy, otherwise 3.5 size fine.
Bream Onkaparinga River (closure upstream on Main South Road Bridge from September to November for taking of bream) If using lures keep your leader strength around 3kg to offer some stealth, while bait anglers can use up to 6kg.
King George Whiting Boat based: Aldinga, Sellicks, Myponga Try drift fishing for whiting if anchoring up isn’t getting you bites
Garfish Port Noarlunga Jetty, inshore right along the coast Use tuna oil in your berley to increase the reach of your trail
Snook Aldinga, Seaford Trolling 12cm diving hard-bodies in natural baitfish colours is deadly, while casting plastics and baits is also effective
Tommies Aldinga, Moana, Port Noarlunga Jetty, Horseshoe Reef (Christies Beach) Use live gents if cockles aren’t getting results, with berley essential
Sand Crabs Port Noarlunga Jetty, weedy/sandy areas right down the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Fresh fish baits work best, but carp and other readily available fish also work if required


 Fishing for sand crabs on the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast








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