Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide : 2016 Guide
20 STURT BAY/FOUL BAY, MARION BAY AND WEDGE ISLAND STURT BAY/ FOUL BAY Foul Bay, 268km from Adelaide Foul Bay Boat launching – Single lane, not recommended at low tide Although the ‘sole’ of the Yorke Peninsula ‘foot’ doesn’t attract as much of the limelight as many more prominent locations, it can be a very productive stretch of coastline to fish. Sturt Bay is a mullet fisher’s paradise from late March through into the winter and most of the fish are big, silver and in prime condition. Be on the beach early with a rising tide to find the mullet at their hungriest and make sure to have a good supply of berley to attract and hold them in the general fishing area. By far the best bait for mullet are the local seaweed worms, which can be dug from beneath rotting ribbon weed piled up in some spots along the beach. There are some enormous King George whiting in the deeper water off Sturt Bay, particularly at the Point Davenport end. Fish to more than 50 centimetres are caught at times, along with rugger snapper, school sharks and some nice flathead. Despite its rather uninspiring name, Foul Bay is also a legendary location for truly big whiting. The reefy areas off Point Yorke often yield kilogram-plus whiting, and medium snapper sometimes put in an appearance toward the beginning of summer. The launching ramp isn’t the best at low tide and those with larger trailer craft often drive across from Marion Bay. Further west of Foul Bay is Butlers Beach and Salmon Beach. These beaches offer good catches of salmon, mullet and King George whiting. Access is through Hillocks Drive, a private property, a small entrance fee applies. A Marine Park Sanctuary Zone is located near Point Davenport, which extends well into Foul Bay. To ensure you don’t wet a line in the wrong area, see pages 6 and 7 for more information. marion bay 283km from Adelaide Boat launching – Single lane, not recommended at low tide There are few locations on Yorke Peninsula that can match the reputation of Marion Bay for its deep water fishing. It is the largest coastal settlement along the bottom of Yorke Peninsula with a permanent population of 120. Marion Bay is situated just before the entrance to Innes National Park and is popular as a base for both anglers and surfers. The long jetty at Marion Bay is legendary for its big squid and there are thousands of mullet caught along the beaches from Easter onwards. Seaweed worms are the ‘gun’ bait for these tasty little fish and they are quite easy to come by in piles of decaying ribbon weed found lying on the beach. Keep the tackle really light for the best results on mullet and have a good supply of bread-based berley on hand to maintain their interest. Despite the convenience of the jetty and beaches, it is the offshore fishing that draws most anglers to this area. Those with large trailer boats can venture well out into Investigator Strait and beyond to fish the deep water grounds. Launching a decent boat at Marion Bay can be a problem, particularly for those without a four wheel drive tow vehicle. It’s dicey when the swell is up and also when dead seaweed piles up after strong onshore winds. Some locals employ old farm tractors as launch vehicles, eliminating most of the problems associated with what is essentially a sub-standard ramp. These hassles aside, the offshore waters can be bountiful for species such as snapper, nannygai, big whiting, sharks, squid and even tuna and samson fish. Those anglers who are keen to fish offshore from Marion Bay, but either haven’t got a big enough boat or lack the confidence required, can take advantage of a local fishing charter.