Summer action cranks up on Limestone coast
  |  First Published: December 2012

Another summer season is finally upon us again, which means the fishing and cray fishing action in the South east of SA will now be in full swing.

The great thing about this area is the wide variety of excellent fishing options available whether you are into estuary, surf, bay or offshore fishing there is something for everyone over here.


There has been some great fishing on offer in the bay with some nice whiting and flathead easily taken drifting the sand patches out from Long beach. The crayfishing has also been very good but plenty of small ones around with most being undersize at present. The better crays are getting taken in the pots set on the deeper reefs. The offshore reefs have been producing some nice snapper around the 2-4kg mark along with some nice gummy and school sharks.

The surf fishing is at its best this time of year, particularly for the highly prized mulloway. Gummy sharks, salmon, the odd snapper and numerous rays are also regularly caught in the summer months. Popular beaches around Robe include Long Beach, West Beach and the many great beaches in the Little Dip conservation park. The best fishing is on any tide change particularly in the evenings and after dark. Popular baits for shark and mulloway here include fresh salmon and mullet fillets, pilchards, squid and garfish.


The mulloway seem to have slowed down a bit in the Glenelg River lately but a few are still being taken mostly down in the estuary on live mullet fished after dark. The bream fishing has still been good but the better fish have been very spread out and often take a bit of finding. The more consistent areas for the bream lately seem to be between Taylors Straight to Sandy Waterholes and a few nice estuary perch have been about in the same areas as well. Bait fishing with crab, prawns and pod worm is working well as is casting soft plastics and vibes around any structure.

The beaches at Discovery Bay just down from Nelson at Nobles, Swan Lake and Monnbeoing have been producing some very good surf fishing. The main species caught here are gummy sharks, big salmon and a few mulloway turn up along here at this time of the year as well. The only downfall with fishing these beaches as opposed to the SA beaches is that in Victoria you aren’t allowed to drive on the beaches so most of the access is by walking in. There is however a 1.5km four wheel drive track to get you to the beach at Swan Lake which is much easier than walking in with all your surf fishing gear.

Cape Jaffa

There has been some great fishing on offer here with snapper to 4kg, big whiting, gummy and school sharks as well as a few flathead being caught on the pinnacles and at King Rock. Anchoring up and berleying is the way to go here and fishing on a tide change is best. Numerous sharks such as threshers, bronze whalers and blues show up in berley trails at Cape Jaffa this time of year along with the odd great white to really make things interesting. The cray fishing has been good but mostly on the deeper offshore reefs such as North reef.

Inshore the fishing in the marina has been good with many salmon and flathead being caught on soft plastics and vibes and the jetty has been fishing well in the evenings for squid, tommies and garfish.

Wrights Bay is well worth a surf fish this time of year with some very large mulloway caught along here at times. Fresh baits such as salmon fillets or squid fished after dark on a tide change is the best chance of tangling with a big silver ghost along here.


The long Beachport jetty has been very popular lately and has been turning up a few seven-gill sharks and the odd mulloway on fish fillet baits mostly after dark. Over the years some very big mulloway have been landed off this jetty at this time of year. Use live baits if you can get them as this is the way to go here after dark if targeting a big mulloway. During the day a few whiting and flathead can usually be caught off the jetty fairly easily.

In the bay the boat anglers have been doing well on the crays dropping pots on the reefs and some nice snapper, gummy shark and a few whiting are also being caught as well.

Coorong beaches

The excellent fishing continues here with great fishing on offer from the Granites all the way up to Ti Tree Crossing. The most popular area has been the 42-mile crossing, mostly due to its ease of access and deep gutters close to shore. It is also handy having the Salt Creek Roadhouse just down the road from the 42 should you run out of bait and supplies.

There has been a lot of mulloway about this season with most ranging in size from 70-90 cm with a few bigger models about to really test out your gear. The gummy shark fishing has also been excellent with heaps about this year and they have been mostly around the 4-6kg mark. A few big salmon, the odd snapper and a few small bronze whaler sharks have also been about just to spice things up a bit.

Good fishing can be had along this beach at any time of day and on any tide it’s best just to keep a fresh bait out at all times and a little bit of berley helps too. I do prefer to fish the evenings and after dark and I seem to catch most of my better fish here on the high tide.

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