Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide : 2016 Guide
13 yorkepeninsula.com.au PORT CLINTON 126km from Adelaide Boat launching – Beach ramp Very similar in coastal geography to the opposite side of upper Gulf St. Vincent, Port Clinton is a tiny settlement with a permanent population of 260 and is within a comfortable 90 minute drive of Adelaide. Surrounded by an 1850 hectare conservation park, Port Clinton is rich in birdlife and is the ideal location to explore from a car-topper aluminium dinghy. There is small boat launching available, but unless you have access to a tractor, it’s a bit tricky when the tide is well down, so it’s best to plan both launches and retrievals around high water. Salmon trout and mullet are the two fish varieties that are easiest to locate and there are usually plenty of blue swimmer crabs about in the warmer months. Garfish can be prolific around the top of Gulf St. Vincent at night and dabbing them with spotlight and long-handled net is a popular activity at Port Clinton. Offshore there are plenty of snapper ‘drops’, many of which are man-made from derelict car bodies, old boats and building refuse. However, most of these are well-kept secrets and are guarded closely by their creators. Some enormous snapper come from this region, a few topping 14 kilograms, and it is well worth exploring with an echo sounder if you have the time and patience. King George whiting are taken regularly from Port Clinton, but many are undersize and must be thrown back. Those who persist can generally pick up a feed of bigger whiting, along with snook and plenty of small bronze whaler sharks in the summer months. Wading crabbers do pretty well between Christmas and Easter time, although the average size of the blueys can vary from season to season. Drop netting for crabs from small boats is also widely practised around Port Clinton. A Marine Park Sanctuary Zone lies just to the north of Port Clinton, so make sure you don’t wet a line in the wrong area! See pages 6 and 7 for more information. Price 133km from Adelaide Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide Just seven kilometres south of Port Clinton, Price is a slightly smaller settlement with substantial mangrove forests and associated birdlife. There are two creek systems here - Shag Creek and Wills Creek - both of which are very important fish nursery areas. Boat launching can be tricky again at low tide, but a little thoughtful planning can overcome any associated problems. The Wills Creek boat ramp (also known as “Grumpy’s Ramp”) often carries a lot of dead ribbon weed, which can make launching a little challenging around low water. There is also a strong tidal run in the creek, so take care during periods of peak water movement. There is ample car and trailer parking, and a small launch fee applies. The Price creek system yields big mullet, crabs, garfish, salmon trout and the occasional flathead, and is the ideal sheltered location for small boat fishing. Those with larger boats often venture outside on to the gulf to catch King George whiting, snapper and plenty of blue crabs in season. Price is a crabber’s delight, and if you are there at the right time, pulling a boat limit isn’t difficult. The months of January and February are peak time for blueys, but they can be caught from around October/November through until March/April.