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SA Fishing is a guide to fishing South Australia.Here you will find the information you need to help you be successful at catching more fish while fishing in SA.We cover fishing in Adelaide,York Peninsula,Eyre Peninsula,fleurieu peninsula,South and South East Coast.We also have all the popular GPS marks,Fishing Reports and a whole lot more.If your your going fishing in South Australia you will want to visit us first.

They are a small fish and the lighter the gear the better.  Off the jetties and rocks, long, soft action rods are ideal (the specialist bream rods, used to cast unweighted baits are great).  Line of about 6lb, hooks around 10 -12 and a selection of floats and you are set.  After buggering around with pencil floats for a long time, I eventually discarded them for the long stemmed floats like the Luderick fisherman insterstate use.  A berley sinker at the end of the line with two hooks above it seem to work well.  These floats cast well without the tangles and a bite is easily recognised.

From a boat, the easiest way to catch them is to use light gear and float a couple of baits back in the berley stream.  There is usually no need for a float because of the tide.  Only when the tide slows will it be necessary to use a float (if the fish are still on the bite).  Generally the Tommies will show up first, with the Garfish back further in the berley stream.

Best bait is gents.  Fish flesh and, at times, cockles will also work, but gents are by far the best.  Any type of berley will work, but soaked chicken pellets mixed with a bit of tuna oil is very effective.  If mixed right, it will disperse slowly from the berley sinker (if float fishing) or berley container (if fishing from a boat).

Fishing over thick weed beds and reef is the best bet.  Location is more important than depth of water.  I have caught them from the deep water jetties, like Port Giles and Wallaroo, but I have caught plenty in the shallows off of Price and St. Kilda.

Years ago, my favourite spot to catch Garfish was the Outer Harbour Breakwater.  Fishing on the southern side (the beach side) on an outgoing tide used to produce some nice Garfish.  Likewise, the north eastern end of the Outer Harbour Wharf (now inaccessible) was a regular producer.  Today, the best land based spots are those in the less populated areas.  The country jetties are worth a try, especially Marion Bay and the West Coast areas.  The rocks at the foot of both peninsulas are good too, with Corny Point on Yorke Peninsula and Lincoln National Park on Eyre Peninsula being two great spots.


To help protect and maintain our fish stocks for the future it is important that fishing rules and regulations are observed, both by commercial and recreational fishers.

You can help by reporting any illegal activities to the 24 hour Fishwatch hotline on:
1800 065 522
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