SBT slowed down but surfing is excellent
  |  First Published: July 2013

The great run of southern bluefin tuna we have been enjoying is now starting to slow right down but there is still plenty of other great fishing options on tap over here whether you are into offshore fishing, surf or estuary there is plenty happening over this way.


Boat anglers have found that the tuna have slowed right down offshore of Robe but there has been some good catches of shark about. Some solid gummies and big seven-gill sharks are being taken along with some nice snapper in around 10-30m. The fishing in the bay has slowed down for whiting and flathead but there has been salmon, silver trevally and a few elephant fish about in front of Long beach.

The surf fishing at the back beaches, Long Beach and in the Little Dip area has been great for some hefty salmon up to 3kg along with a few gummies and elephant fish. Good fishing can be found along these beaches on any sort of tide change or in the evenings and after dark. Baits such as pilchard and squid are working well as are metal lures and surf poppers. A little bit of berley is a big help in keeping the salmon schools around, I like to use chook pellets with a bit of tuna oil mixed into them.

Port Macdonnell

There are still a few tuna and albacore being taken offshore of Port MacDonnell on trolled lures and skirts but they are starting to really slow down now as most schools seem to have passed by. The bottom bouncers have been doing well in the 40-80m water with good numbers of gummy shark, knife jaw and morwong being taken. More big Samson fish in the 20kg size range have been coming in over the last few weeks which is really exciting as they are a relatively new winter target species over this way. Most of these big samson fish are being caught on fish fillet baits in 60m.


The Glenelg River has been fishing very well from the mouth all the way up to Pritchards. We haven’t had much rainfall at the time of writing so the river is fairly clear making for excellent lure and soft plastic fishing opportunities. The mulloway have been very patchy lately with only the odd one being taken between the caves and the mouth.

I recently fished around the Nelson area with my son Curtis and we had a great time catching a lot of bream to 39cm along with estuary perch. We did well bait fishing with whitebait and cut crab down near the mouth where bream around 30cm where fairly easy to catch. We then ventured upstream to the Donavans area where we did very well casting soft plastics at the bank side structure for a lot of bream and a few estuary perch. We mostly used 2.5 inch Z man grubs which worked a treat.

The same weekend a great 7.5kg mulloway was caught near the mouth by a bream angler using crab for bait and numerous big estuary perch to 1.1kg were being taken at Pritchards along with some very nice bream.

Coorong beaches

The salmon have been running red hot along the Coorong near Salt creek with some rippers between 2-4kg being taken. Most surf anglers have been fishing around the 42-mile crossing entrance area as the beach tracks have been difficult to drive along particularly on days of large swells and big tides.

Along with the great catches of salmon there has been a lot of elephant fish being caught along with a few mulloway and gummy shark. The odd big seven-gill shark is also being taken. Baits such as pilchard, squid and salmon fillets have been working well. I like to run a surf popper on the top dropper of a paternoster rig here and often find it out fishes the bait on the bottom dropper when the salmon are running.

The fish have been biting right throughout the day here but the rising tide has been best. The evenings have been best if hoping for a mulloway or gummy shark and berley is very helpful along here as well.

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