Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide : 2016 Guide
15 yorkepeninsula.com.au PINE POINT 166km from Adelaide Boat launching – Beach launch Pine Point is an easy two hours’ drive from Adelaide. The population swells dramatically during peak holiday periods as the visiting masses descend. This is a favourite wading area for those raking blue crabs, but it’s wise to keep a crab measuring gauge handy to ensure you are only taking the legal minimum size of 11 centimetres. The best location for raking blueys seems to be around Billy Goat Flat, which becomes totally exposed around low tide. There is a lot of rubble and rock on the flat, but it’s the broken ground fringed with sand and weed that produces the best crabbing. Optimum time to be out there with your tub and rake is just after the tide turns to come in, when the crabs are mostly buried, but quite easy to detect. Simply follow the tide back in as it floods and look for those telltale grey mounds in the sand that often signal a crab in residence. BLACK POINT 170km from Adelaide Boat launching – Dual lane Black Point has become a real seaside playground. A long, sandy and relatively protected north-facing beach sweeps around at 90 degrees to the coastline, offering great shelter from the dominant summer south- easterly winds. There are King George whiting, gar, tommies, salmon trout, blue crabs and snook in the bay and for those with larger boats and a bit of local knowledge, some big snapper offshore. The Ardrossan barge is well within trailer boat range of Black Point, as are several other recognised snapper patches to the east. Summer crabbers catch thousands of blue swimmer crabs in drop nets around the Black Point sand spit, and on calm, moonless evenings there are garfish in good numbers for dabbers. The boat launching facility has been redeveloped with a dual lane ramp that extends further into the sea. PORT JULIA 178km from Adelaide Although rarely recognised as a productive land-based fishing venue, Port Julia offers plenty for those with small boats. The short jetty becomes almost high and dry around low tide, but can yield surprising catches when the water is up. It is quite popular with visiting anglers in the warmer months, with reasonable catches of squid and tommies made after dark. Young anglers with the right equipment often tangle with big eagle rays and small bronze whaler sharks from the jetty, and there are blue swimmer crabs available in season. Yellowfin whiting action along the adjacent beaches can be rewarding in the warmer months, and there are also some big mullet from Easter onward. Port Julia is totally exposed to the strong summer sea breezes, making small boats a little risky in the afternoons. There are whiting, gar, crabs and squid offshore from nearby Sheaoak Flat. Night time gar dabbers often do very well off Port Julia, particularly when the water is clear and calm and there is little moonlight. All you need for this fun activity is a small, manoeuvrable boat, a handheld spotlight and a long-handled net. Garfish can be dabbed at any time after the sun goes down and it’s often possible to bag several dozen in quick time.