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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

Summer is making a comeback! With more warm weather and calmer days than we’ve experienced for a while there’s no better time to go fishing along the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast!

With water temperatures peaking, yet with autumn rapidly approaching, there’s a melting pot of fish species swimming around in this area at the moment, from summer species like kingfish and yellowfin whiting, through to cooler water species like salmon and mullet. It’s a great period to get a mixed bag and target a variety of species.

Below are the main hit list on offer at moment and few local tips to get you hooked-up!


Mulloway Onkaparinga River, Maslin Beach, Southport Beach, Moana, Christies Beach, Sellicks  Mulloway cruise right along the coast and be caught anywhere. Use squid or saury for bait. Putting in the time is key.
Mullet Sellicks Beach, Southport, Moana, Onkaparinga River, O’Sullivan Beach Fish light, using bungum worm, cockle or ‘mullet mix’ for bait on size 6-8 long shank hooks.
Squid Land-based: Port Noarlunga Jetty, O’Sullivan Beach breakwater, Seaford (south of river mouth), Aldinga Reef. Boat-based: Aldinga, Port Willunga, Maslin Beach, Horseshoe Reef (Christies) Cheap jags can work, but investing in good brands like Shimano, Yo-Zuri and Yamashita is well worth it
Bream Onkaparinga River, Seaford, O’Sullivan Beach, Port Noarlunga, Witton Bluff (Christies) Use gear as light as the area you’re fishing allows. If fishing Witton Bluff use berley and use a float to avoid losing tackle
King George Whiting Boat-based: Sellicks Beach, Aldinga, Maslin Beach, Moana, Seaford, Port Noarlunga (outside furthest boundary of marine park) Take a variety of bait, cockle, squid (tenderise) and worm. For something different try an inch of Gulp Camo worm on a long shank hook size 6.
Garfish Port Noarlunga Jetty, Horseshoe Reef (Christies Beach), O’Sullivan Beach By boat and off rocks), Aldinga (boat and land-based off reef) A moving bait can entice finicky or shy fish into a bite
Snook Aldinga, Maslin Beach, Moana and Seaford White or natural coloured lures work well, while they will also eat pilchards, frog-mouths and fish baits
Tommies O’Sullivan Beach breakwater, Aldinga, Moana, Port Noarlunga Jetty, Horseshoe Reef (Christies Beach) Trolling a lure, either bibbed or with a paravane, is a great way to find fish
Bronze Whaler Shark Sellicks Beach, Aldinga, Port Willunga, Southport, O’Sullivan Beach Check regulations for shark fishing restrictions in this area.
Yellowfin Whiting Onkaparinga River, Aldinga, Moana, Christies Beach, O’Sullivan Beach (inside rock wall) Try peeled prawn from tackle shops as an alternative bait (not supermarket prawns)
Salmon Port Willunga, Maslin Beach, Onkaparinga River, Southport Casting metal lures from the beach is a winning formula for getting a feed of salmon
Kingfish Boat - O'Sullivan Beach, Seaford and Moana. Land - based, Port Noarlunga Jetty, O'Sullivan Beach (off rock wall) A school has recently made an appearance at both shore locations mentioned. Live squid or garfish under a float is highly recommended.


 Fishing for sand crabs on the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast








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