Fishing the Great Australian Bight

Hi All,
As a South Aussie angler I was wondering if anyone can share some stories, tips, pics and anything else from trips to the Great Australian Bight area.
Particularly interested to hear if anyone has come across to the South Aussie side of the Bight but happy to hear anything from the Perth side as well. I have read a few articles in mags over the years and the fishing seems much the same on both sides.

I tow our boat the 800km or so from Adelaide to Streaky Bay/Smoky Bay each year or two and have previously done a few land based trips to areas such as Cactus Beach, Fowlers Bay/Scotts Bay etc. Have targeted mostly Snapper and King George Whiting from the boat and Salmon, flathead, and Mulloway (which have so far eluded me) from the land. Usually take the boat with Dad (who is a table fish only person and hard to convince to fish for anything else) so looking forward to going this year with a mate to try the other (bigger) things on offer in the area (tuna, kingies and Sambos etc).

One of my best memories - arriving at the top of the cliff at the western end of Scotts Bay. There is a little beach with a fringing reef on all sides that funnels out through a 2 metre wide channel (think upside down funnel with the funnel being sandy and the rest reef). It was low tide and the reef was only just covered with water. There was approx 10 or so salmon swimming up and down the beach about 2-3 metres out from the shore with 3 guys on the beach frantically trying to catch the Salmon. They heard our yelling a pointing but couldn't work out our commotion until we got down to the beach to point out to them the three x metre plus kingies cruising around the entrance/exit through the reef. Proceeded to cast all sorts of lures/poppers etc at them to be totally ignored apart from a few short follows. This was probably lucky as it was a long walk in and I only took my light salmon rod (which is basicaly a slightly heavier version of my trout rod) with me and never stood a chance - but I just had to try anyway.......

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Yalata

Fri, 2007-01-19 11:59

A couple of my mates done the drive from Perth to Yalata and fished off the beach for Mulloway this time last year. They stayed there for 7 or so days, endured a storm, but caught 3 big Mulloway ranging from 48Lbs to 55-60LBs.

They used big salmon baits (box’s of salmon from Perth) on big hooks snelled on mono rigs. They also caught some fresh Salmon and had good success on that. They also dropped a few beauties, one which was estimated to be in the inaugural 65lbs+ mark.

They took a lot of pics of the bight, might see if I can get them loaded up if you wish.

I couldn’t go as I just moved to Perth and had to keep the new company happy :-( Damn the new job thing!

Cheers Jason

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I read anarticel about the

Fri, 2007-01-19 15:06

I read anarticel about the kingies that get caught round there. Seem to be consistently bigger there than round here. Other than that I know nothing

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Fat n fussy

Sat, 2007-01-20 13:15

Its been along time since I've been to Yalata, its a trip you want to take everything with you particularly water, nothing much out that way, long drive too (from Adealide) longer from Perth. Yes you do get some massive kingies out that way - the ones I mentioned above were very fat as well as long. Heaps of baitfish for them to fatten up on and not much in the way of competition or preditors (except Mr Great White - never did much swiming there despite the heat). Makes for some interesting and frustrating days though because they tend to be very fussy as a result. A few things they do like sometimes when they are in a fussy mood are live squid or a squid head with the ink sac attached. Swishing your rod tip in the water or a water spray helps to excite them too at times. Had one under the boat one day, sat there for an hour or so looking up at me. What I would have given for a live squid, but no chance of catching one with him sitiing under the boat. It eventually swam off leaving me cursing.....

Cheers Paul

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That makes me want to go out

Sat, 2007-01-20 13:32

That makes me want to go out and catch some now...
Have to wait until tonight for dark and then hopefully get a couple of nice ones.
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fishing at night

Sat, 2007-01-20 13:47

Now you mention it alot of the charters in south oz fish for the big kingies at night when they are tucked in on the lee side of one of the Islands out of the swell. Water is generally approx 20-40 feet but thankfully its ribbon weed and not reef!! Would make for a fun night!!

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Victor Harbour

Sun, 2007-01-21 09:29

Have you fished out of Victor Harbour Paul? I've heard that theres meant to be superb fishing out of there, but haven't had the opportunity to get over there and try.

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Victor Harbour

Sun, 2007-01-21 10:28

There is some great fishing out of there Adam. Lived in Adelaide most of my life and regularly went down there.

You can fish anything from light sportfishing for salmon to Mulloway of the beaches to YTK and Sambos in the deep and everything else in between.

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Victor - been a while

Mon, 2007-01-22 08:57

Been awhile since I've been down there fishing. Fishing is pretty good as mentioned. The beaches either side of the Murray mouth and the mouth itself (when water is actually flowing) a great for mulloway (schoolies to huge). alot of offshore reefs and islands which are good for anything from Snapper to kingies and tuna etc. salmon out wide and off the beaches and rocks.

I prefer the west coast of eyre penisula (western SA) as the fishing there is awesome - not much pressure on the stocks due to the travel required from adelaide (about 7 hours drive - 10 towing the boat) and it is better now they have gotten rid of alot of the netters from the area (still a few about but not as many as before).

Victor is also a hop skip away from Kangeroo Island (better fishing again and similar to the west coast of SA). Big big kingies and tuna on the southern coast of KI (when the weather lets you out - not many sheltered bays etc on the south side of KI, the charters are often only down there for 3 months of the year as the swells are big and monsterous at times - straight up from the antartic).

Cheers
Paul

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