Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide : 2016 Guide
21 yorkepeninsula.com.au WEDGE ISLAND Accessible via big boat from Marion Bay or by aeroplane from Adelaide and Warooka, Wedge has developed a massive reputation as an angler’s paradise. It is part of the Gambier group of islands and is situated in lower Spencer Gulf. A handful of trailer boat operators visit Wedge each year, but by far the safest and most convenient way to sample the action is on board a Marion Bay-based charter boat. This is big water in a remote location and is no place to be in a small craft if the weather blows up. All manner of deep water fish are available around the island and on adjacent reef systems and bommies. Snapper of all sizes, big nannygai, yellowtail kings, samson fish, XOS whiting and blue morwong are among the usual charter catch and it’s sometimes possible to hook southern bluefin tuna during the annual summer/spring run. Most charter operators visit Wedge on an extended trip basis, usually staying on or near the island for between two and five days. Luxurious beach house accommodation is available as part of a charter package, which really adds to the experience and makes for a pleasant way to end a successful day on the water. Wedge Island has good fishing year-round, with bigger snapper available from late spring into the summer months. Nannygai can be expected consistently, while kingfish are most reliable during summer and autumn. Big salmon often patrol the long beach on Wedge’s northern end, making great sport for both boaties and land- based lure casters. King George whiting to well over one kilogram are taken regularly in the waters east of Marion Bay or outside in Investigator Strait. There are also plenty of snapper in the warmer months, varying from just-legal ruggers up to 10 kilo thumpers, as well as silver trevally, blue groper (which must be returned if caught) and a variety of small sharks. Southern bluefin tuna occasionally venture close enough to Marion Bay for the big boat brigade to chase, but only when prevailing weather conditions are perfect. A Marine Park Sanctuary Zone extends from Chinamans Hat Island out to Seal Island and surrounds. To ensure you are fishing legally, see pages 6 and 7 for more information. Marion Bay Jetty Innes National Park Innes National Park is the perfect place to let your mind drift away as you gaze over the ocean. Home to iconic native wildlife, shipwrecks, lighthouse views and great walking trails, Innes National Park provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. Camping and accommodation options are available. Entry fees, camping and accommodation bookings must be pre- purchased online at www.parks.sa.gov.au, at a local agent or at the Natural Resource Centre (08) 8854 3200.