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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.


Squid caught in McLaren Vale Fleurieu Coast With Spring finally here and milder conditions coming with it, bream have been the word of late, as the better specimens make their way into the Onkaparinga River. Warming waters are also ushering in the arrival of new season favourites such as Garfish, Squid and Snook, providing fresh opportunities in the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast for anglers of all experience levels and some tasty seafood to go with it!



Squid Land based: Port Noarlunga Jetty
Boat based: Sellicks, Aldinga. O'Sullivan Beach
Clear water preferable and change your depths if boat based until you find a productive line to fish. The squid are schooling up so expect to find good numbers when you hit a patch.
Salmon/Salmon Trout Southport, Port Noarlunga Jetty, O'Sullivan Beach breakwater, Onkaparinga River, Maslin Beach Windy conditions seem to get them fired up. Great for those blustery days or fish a rising tide on beach or during low light.
Mulloway Onkaparinga River Use larger pilchard or fish baits and step up your lure size for these fish. Fish low light for bigger specimens.
Bream Onkaparinga River (closure upstream on Main South Road Bridge from September to November for taking of bream) Fish low light periods and rising tide, with prawn and fish baits, soft plastics and hard-body lures. Don't be discouraged by dirty water this time of year.
King George Whiting Boat based: Aldinga, Sellicks, Myponga Use berley and be prepared to move as the fish are schooled up.
Garfish Port Noarlunga Jetty, inshore right along the coast Berley and wait for them to show up.
Snook Aldinga, Seaford 3-4 inch soft plastic lures are fun when you find a school, otherwise trolling diving lures or metal slices work best.
Tommies Port Noarlunga Jetty. Boat based at Horseshoe Reef (Christies Beach), Moana, Aldinga Try night fishing for improved results from the jetty.
Mullet Onkaparinga River, Southport, Maslin Beach Use berley.
Sand Crabs Port Noarlunga Jetty, weedy/sandy areas right down the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Shift areas regularly until you start to find a few fresh fish, baits work well.


 Fishing for sand crabs on the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast








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