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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

With the winter temperatures setting in, yet with more than enough mild days dotted in between the average ones, now is still very much prime fishing time along the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast whether from the shore, kayak or boat.

With the onset of winter weather this has only further encouraged species like mullet, salmon and flathead to start invading the area’s waters in greater numbers. The beauty of Autumn is many warmer weather fish are still possible also, which means mixed bags and a mixed angling experience when you visit.

Below we’ve outlined many of the likely fish you’ll encounter, and tricks for success that are currently getting results along this southern hot spot – best of luck!


Mulloway Onkaparinga River River has slowed, but the current weather should stir things up. Increasing mullet and salmon will also fire up the mulloway inshore
Mullet Maslin Beach, Moana, Port Noarlunga, Onkaparinga River, O’Sullivan Beach Mullet mix and preserved bloodworms are working the best at the moment for bait
Squid Aldinga, Port Noarlunga, Moana Use a UV torch to ‘charge’ up your jigs while were experiencing overcast weather
Bream Onkaparinga River, Seaford Seaford is much more underestimated for bream numbers
King George Whiting Sellicks Beach, Seaford, Moana Recent blows should stir up fish in close
Garfish Aldinga, Port Noarlunga As the mornings have been cool, sunnier afternoon hours have been producing better fish
Snook Aldinga Broken bottom in close towing a lure (70-120mm), or alternatively a pilchard tail. Try near garfish schools for them
Tommies Aldinga, Maslin Beach, Moana, Port Noarlunga, O’Sullivan Beach Tommies don't mind the choppier conditions
Flathead Sellicks Beach (Shark Bay), Seaford, Onkaparinga River Being caught as bycatch, but using 2-3-inch soft plastic grubs with a slightly heavier jighead works well and covers ground
Yellowfin Whiting Onkaparinga River Fish at rising tide or around high tide
Salmon Port Willunga, Maslin Beach, Onkaparinga River, Southport, Port Noarlunga Perfect weather for it, and early results bode well for a long and productive season on these fish


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