Prime time for South East SA
  |  First Published: December 2013

Now is definitely the prime time to be fishing the South East of SA region with cray season now in full swing, the mulloway on the beaches are firing and the offshore fishing is at its best as well.

Salt Creek

The wonderful surf beaches along the Coorong are still the number one place to be this month with no shortage of terrific reports coming in. Most of the action has been taking place between the 42 mile crossing and Ti tree but some nice mulloway have also been getting caught at the 28 and 32 mile crossings. I have been fishing the 42 mile crossing regularly and I believe it has been fishing the best I have ever seen it over the last month or so.

All anglers I have spoken to have been getting amongst some good fish and there has been plenty of variety with mulloway, snapper, salmon, gummy shark, school shark, seven-gill shark and even a few big flathead getting caught.

On my most recent trip we caught a number of school mulloway to 80cm, some nice gummy shark and many seven-gill sharks as well as some very big salmon. The best fishing for us was on the high tide at night and it was on the full moon. We had a few big hook ups with large sharks only to be bitten off after a few big runs, there seems to be a very large number of seven gill sharks about this year. The best baits for us have been fresh squid and fresh salmon fillets.


The offshore fishing off of Robe has been very good with snapper, gummy shark and some nice flathead and whiting being caught out in the bay. Anchoring up and berleying two hours either side of a tide change has been the way to go here. The odd large thresher shark has also been about but most have been lost as they have mostly been hooked by anglers fishing for snapper.

The cray season has started off slowly but should get better as we head further into summer.

Surf fishing at Long beach has been good for school mulloway and a few gummy shark after dark as has Bishops Pate and Domashenz beach. There has also been some big salmon about along Back beach all the way to Little Dip beach.

Cape Jaffa

There has been good numbers of gummy and school shark being caught at Wrights Bay in about 10m and nearby at King Rock. Anchoring and berleying has been working well. Some big whiting and some nice snapper are also being caught in the same area as well as a few thresher sharks being hooked as well.

The jetty has been fishing well for squid, garfish and a few whiting and flathead. The best fishing here has been in the evenings. The marina has also been fishing well to those casting soft plastics with salmon, flathead, trevally and a few bream being caught.


The big mulloway have been a bit hard to find on the Glenelg River at Nelson lately but there has been a lot of small ones about around the mouth area. These are mostly being caught by anglers chasing bream with soft plastics and vibes. The better bream fishing seems to be up river for the bigger fish with Sandy Water Holes, Wilsons Hall and Pritchards fishing well to bait anglers using cut crab, whitebait and spew worm and soft plastic flickers have been doing very well with 2.5 inch curl tail grubs.

A few big estuary perch are also getting taken at Pritchards on small hardbodied lures cast around any submerged timber.

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