Yorke Peninsula Fishing Guide : 2016 Guide
26 PORT VICTORIA, BALGOWAN AND PORT HUGHES PORT VICTORIA 195km from Adelaide Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon Situated just a couple of hours’ drive from Adelaide, Port Victoria is one of the western Yorke Peninsula towns that has really excelled in recent times, with most facilities now first class. The town jetty is a good one for squid, snook, gar and big tommies at night, and offshore there are plenty of snapper and big whiting. Wardang Island protects the bay at Port Victoria from strong onshore winds. The fishing in the bay is generally excellent, particularly for whiting during the cooler months. Many of these fish are better than 40 centimetres and can be caught from a number of recognised grounds when conditions are right. The L-shaped jetty can provide a lot of fun at night for those who enjoy catching snook. These fish aren’t the giants regularly caught offshore, but average approximately 60 centimetres and they are often keen to grab small minnow lures or strip baits. The best way to hook them is to cast lure or bait out into the shadows at night, then work it back through the illuminated area under the jetty lights. Catches of a dozen snook or more per session are common on still, warm summer evenings. Boat launching at Port Victoria is very convenient. The ramp is situated just south of the town and can handle bigger trailer boats at all stages of the tide. Snapper fishing around and beyond Wardang Island is first rate during the summer months, but you’ll need a big, fast trailer boat to access the wide grounds safely. It can be quite blowy during the afternoons and is no place to be in a small tinny. Those with small boats are better advised to remain within the confines of the bay, where there are still whiting, snook and plenty of calamari to be hooked. A Marine Park Sanctuary Zone is located near Point Pearce. To ensure you don’t wet a line in the wrong area, see pages 6 and 7 for more information. BALGOWAN 192km from Adelaide Boat launching – Single lane, all tide Balgowan rarely grabs as much of the fishing spotlight as higher profile neighbours like Port Hughes or Port Victoria, but it remains one of Yorke Peninsula’s very best locations for snapper and King George whiting. Whiting can be found year-round and some are absolute giants of 50 centimetres plus. It is also of the most popular Yorke Peninsula destinations for keen snapper anglers. The boat ramp car park is often full to overflowing when the season reopening coincides with good weather. Snapper of mixed sizes can be taken on a number of grounds, which range from just a few kilometres from the ramp all the way out to the Spencer Gulf shipping lanes. The single lane boat ramp is located just west of the general store, but it doesn’t have a floating boarding pontoon and can be a little tricky around dead low tide. The ramp is protected by a small breakwater to the west, but is open to winds from the north. Some locals prefer to launch from the beach via tractor. Best times to visit Balgowan are autumn (when the weather is calmest) and, if you have a larger trailer boat, summer for big snapper. Incessant south-easterly winds can make summer fishing a challenge, but the results are often well worth the long boat rides and choppy seas. A Marine Park Sanctuary Zone is located south of Cape Elizabeth, extending well out into Spencer Gulf. To ensure you don’t wet a line in the wrong area, see pages 6 and 7 for more information.