Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide : 2016 Guide
25 yorkepeninsula.com.au POINT TURTON 232km from Adelaide Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon Situated just a short drive from Warooka, this progressive little resort has become very popular in recent times with visiting anglers. It has a permanent population of around 250, which swells considerably during holiday periods and long weekends. The jetty is very consistent for big tommies at night time, as well as squid, snook and garfish. The caravan park at Turton is among the best equipped on Yorke Peninsula, and its close proximity to both the jetty and launching ramp enhance its appeal to visitors. Point Turton jetty fishes well year-round, but it is the warm summer evenings that attract most visiting anglers. Float fishing with gents for bait will produce the tommies and gar and it’s a good idea to have a couple of small lures in the tackle box for snook. It is not uncommon to see small yellowtail kingfish around the Turton jetty, but they are often difficult to catch. The boat harbour with multi-lane ramp provides access to excellent fishing grounds to the north and west. There is a fish cleaning facility adjacent to the ramp car park, which is in regular demand. The whiting fishing, in particular, is very consistent all year-round and there are heaps of squid in close for those with small boats. It’s also a gar dabber’s paradise, especially on warm summer evenings with little or no moon. Spearing flounder at night with the aid of a spotlight can be productive around Point Turton, but it has to be dead calm and moonless. The flats to the east of the boat harbour are well worth a try and there can be good flathead here as well. PORT RICKABY 216km from Adelaide Boat launching – Beach launch Although Port Rickaby receives limited exposure through the angling media, the truth is it’s a pretty good location to try, particularly if you’re after a decent feed of squid. Located about 35 kilometres north of Point Turton, Rickaby is a quaint little settlement with its own jetty and caravan park. Although the jetty isn’t a long one, it produces a few mullet throughout the autumn and early winter and plenty of tommies, gar and squid year-round. Most of the regular Rickaby calamari catchers use artificial jigs suspended beneath a styrene float. The technique is simple; cast the jig as far as possible from the jetty, retrieve it slowly and erratically and wait for a hungry squid to hop on. Most of the squid are good ones, and by far the best times to try are late afternoon/early evening and sunrise. There are no lights on the jetty, so make sure you have a torch or lantern handy for illumination. There is reasonable boat launching here from the beach, but no established ramp, so a four-wheel drive or tractor are mandatory. Rickaby is a great location for big King George whiting, which bite year-round on the offshore grounds, and snapper of mixed sizes during the warmer months. There are also plenty of snook to be caught over the inshore ribbon weed beds.