08 Jul 2020

South Australia is a fisherman’s paradise, but nowhere is that more apparent than the Eyre Peninsula. We’re a popular destination for those in the know, but we’re also generous enough to let you in on the secret too – so read on if you want some tips.

Our pristine coastline is plentiful and varied – King George whiting, snapper, tuna, squid, Australian salmon, tommy ruff (delicious) and trevally plus a whole lot more (fresh crab, anyone?). There are many places to put in the boat along the coast, as well as plenty of jetties to drop in a line.

All we ask is that you take no more than you need and keep our beautiful environment as clean as you found it.

For local information, you can’t go past the local shop or caravan park which are usually great sources of information (and double as the bait shop). You can also ask for advice at one of Port Lincoln’s fantastic fishing shops.

So where are some of the hotspots?

Cowell is a fantastic little fishing spot, and very popular with anglers trying to hook whiting, garfish, tommy ruff as well as crabs and squid. The same can be said for Arno Bay and Port Neill – quintessential beach towns with sheltered waters offering great opportunities for boat fishing, and you can always test out the jetty. Whyalla is home to excellent seasonal snapper fishing.

As you head west, Tumby Bay is not only popular for its street art but is also the gateway to the Sir Joseph Banks group of islands, producing some of the best fishing in the state. You’ve no doubt heard of Port Lincoln – the sheltered bays mean even the smallest boats will be comfortable, but a larger boat will get you further afield for a bigger catch.

Coffin Bay is also a prime fishing spot (it’s not just about oysters, you know). The locals may jealously guard their secret spots, but we’re sure you’ll manage just fine all the same.

Head out further west for the adventurous – this rugged coastline boasts great opportunities for surf fishing, and Elliston’s Australian Salmon Fishing Championship is not to be missed. They’re an incredibly fun catch for young and old and get up to quite a size on the rugged cost.

Venus Bay, Streaky Bay and Ceduna (and all those little bays in between) will still provide some sheltered fishing, though, and you’ll catch enough whiting, garfish, salmon, tommy ruff, mullet, squid and crabs to feed even the hungriest of families.

If you keep heading west, you can also catch mulloway along the far west coast – some of these locations require a permit, though, so it’s best to plan ahead.

And what about if you’re not an experienced fisherman or woman? Well, that’s what a chartered tour is for!

We have a number of chartered fishing trips you can take, from Arno Bay and Cowell all the way up to Ceduna. Search for these on the website and take your pick! Nothing beats a friendly guide to ensure you get what you came for.

There’s nothing better than a fresh catch – so what are you waiting for?

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