Catch of the day
Yorke Peninsula’s waters offer a diverse range of fish and plenty of opportunities to catch your own seafood feast!
You can rake the shallows for blue swimmer crabs, dive for scallops just off shore or cast a line for your fill of King George whiting, garfish or tommy ruffs.
Here is a taste of some of the catches on offer…
Blue swimmer crabs can be caught by raking or netting. Summer months are more productive and the warmer water makes raking more enjoyable.
Succulent King George whiting can be caught from both sides of the peninsula and is undoubtedly one of the tastiest meals you will catch from the sea.
Australian salmon are the flavour of the day anywhere there is a headland, bluff or surf area. They can be caught all year round using pilchards or lures for bait.
Salt and peppered, crumbed, stir fried or marinated, squid is extremely versatile. Easily caught on squid lures from boats or jetties.
Dabbing with a light at night or fishing with a float using gents for bait are the easiest ways to catch a feed of garfish. With tender white flesh they are delicious filleted and lightly fried with a generous dob of garlic butter.
Tommy ruffs and mullet are abundantly caught in most places on Yorke Peninsula using cockles or gents. Both are tasty eating fish and often under-rated, best eaten fresh they are great on the BBQ, crumbed, salt and peppered or if you have time, are delicious when smoked!
Snapper is a great fighting fish and you will be well rewarded with the mouth watering taste. Only available from boats in deeper water off the coast, the most common bait is squid, pilchards or fish fillets.
The rugged southern coastline of Yorke Peninsula is home to the Southern Rock lobster. Be aware of the restrictions and seasons to ensure you are legally catching these tasty morsels.
Trailing a lure from your boat is the best way to catch snook. Fresh fillets on the BBQ are fantastic and they are one of the best fish for smoking or try a snook mornay!
The vast expanse of water to the east of Yorke Peninsula is Spencer Gulf, where the prawn fishing fleet operates 80 nights per year. Local prawns can be purchased from seafood outlets around the region.
Savour the fresh taste of the sea from one of Yorke Peninsula's oyster farms. There are farms at Port Vincent, Stansbury, Edithburgh, Coobowie & Port Broughton - just keep your eye out for the 'fresh oyster' signs when in season.