Whether you are looking for some action from a boat, shore or jetty...Yorke Peninsula has plenty of fishing locations to choose from.
Here are the fishing spots from Daly Head to Port Rickaby to help plan your next fishing adventure...
Daly Head & The Dusthole
277km from Adelaide
As far as surf beaches go, there are few in the state that can match the splendour of the Dusthole at Daly Head. It is a comfortable 20-minute drive from Marion Bay and provides several kilometres of surf fishing opportunities for both salmon and mulloway enthusiasts.
A wooden staircase provides access to the beach and you can often see salmon schools from the headland before venturing on to the beach, particularly if the fish are congregating near the northern end. They appear as a tight mass of dark shapes and can sometimes be confused with moving seaweed patches.
Big salmon can be expected around Daly Head and the Dusthole at any time of year, but are probably most reliable during winter and spring. The key to catching them in numbers is to first locate a decent ‘gutter’ along the beach – a channel through the surf where deep water acts as a thoroughfare for both baitfish and predators. Casting pilchards into such a gutter, usually on a rising tide, is the most reliable way of attracting the interest of feeding salmon, but they will also take metal lures.
Summer is mulloway time at the Dusthole. A decent rising tide is preferred and if it peaks just after sunset, so much the better. There have been mulloway to more than 30 kilograms caught on this beach, but persistence is the key. A few anglers will fish all night, also tangling with various sharks and rays. The best baits for mulloway in this location are fresh squid heads, salmon fillets and whole mullet.
275km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Beach ramp
Gleesons Landing, situated about 20 kilometres south of Corny Point, is popular with weekend surf fishers, but it can be inconsistent. A four wheel drive vehicle will assist with access, but it is possible to park your car and walk in.
Big mulloway are taken occasionally from Gleesons from late October through until the end of summer, but only by those who put in the hours. Fish to 25 kilograms and better have been caught, with fresh fish fillets and squid heads the most productive baits. A rising tide that peaks just after sunset is ideal and, as with the Dusthole, it is imperative to survey the beach to find a deep gutter prior to fishing.
Nice mullet and a few salmon are caught from Easter throughout the cooler months, along with sharks and rays of various species and sizes. It is wise to cover all bases when fishing Gleesons, with a light rod for mullet, a medium outfit for salmon and a heavier stick for sharks and mulloway.
264km from Adelaide
One of the very best things about Corny Point is its proximity to both productive beach fishing and top class offshore action. Many who try their luck in the surf at Gleesons Landing, Berry Bay or Daly Heads use Corny as a base.
Situated right on the north-western tip of Yorke Peninsula’s ‘foot’, Corny is a small settlement that relies heavily on tourist dollars for its wellbeing. As well as top class beach fishing nearby, Corny Point provides access to some of eastern Spencer Gulf’s best deep water grounds. Its snapper and King George whiting fishing is legendary and most who own holiday houses here are equipped with large, seaworthy boats.
There is no boat ramp at Corny and only those with access to a tractor can launch a trailer boat safely. Proprietors of Corny Point Caravan Park offer a tractor launch and retrieval service at a very reasonable rate. Some of the better snapper fishing can be found in deep water to the west and north- west of the lighthouse, with summer again the most reliable season. Whiting are caught year-round and it is possible to find them not far offshore in the winter time. There are plenty of squid over the inshore ribbon weed beds, some big snook and good numbers of garfish when the water is warm.
Gar dabbing is quite popular at Corny, particularly with those in small boats. You’ll need a powerful hand-held spotlight, fine mesh dab net and a fully charged 12 volt battery for a few hours’ dabbing and, of course, the catch will be much better when the moon is down.
230km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon
Situated just a short drive from Warooka, this progressive little resort has become very popular in recent times with visiting anglers. It has a permanent population of around 250, which swells considerably during holiday periods and long weekends. The jetty is very consistent for big tommies at night time, as well as squid, snook and garfish.
The caravan park at Turton is among the best equipped on Yorke Peninsula and its close proximity to both the jetty and launching ramp enhance its appeal to visitors.
Point Turton jetty fishes well year-round, but it is the warm summer evenings that attract most visiting anglers. Float fishing with gents for bait will produce the tommies and gar and it’s a good idea to have a couple of small lures in the tackle box for snook. It is not uncommon to see small yellowtail kingfish around the Turton jetty, but they are often difficult to catch.
The boat harbour with multi-lane ramp provides access to excellent fishing grounds to the north and west. There is a fish cleaning facility adjacent to the ramp car park, which is in regular demand.
The whiting fishing, in particular, is very consistent all year round and there are heaps of squid in lose for those with small boats. It’s also a gar dabber’s paradise, especially on warm summer evenings with little or no moon. Spearing flounder at night with the aid of a spotlight can be productive around Point Turton, but it has to be dead calm and moonless. The flats to the east of the boat harbour are well worth a try and there can be good flathead here as well.
209km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Beach launch
Although Port Rickaby receives limited exposure through the angling media, the truth is it’s a pretty good location to try, particularly if you’re after a decent feed of squid. Located about 35 kilometres north of Point Turton, Rickaby is a quaint little settlement with its own jetty and a neat, tidy caravan park.
The jetty produces a few mullet throughout the autumn and early winter and plenty of tommies, gar and squid year-round.
Most of the regular Rickaby calamari catchers use artificial jigs suspended beneath a styrene float. The technique is simple; cast the jig as far as possible from the jetty, retrieve it slowly and erratically and wait for a hungry squid to hop on. Most of the squid are good ones and by far the best times to try are late afternoon/early evening and sunrise. There are no lights on the jetty, so make sure you have a torch or lantern handy for illumination.
There is reasonable boat launching here from the beach, but no established ramp, so a four wheel drive or tractor are mandatory. Rickaby is a great location for big King George whiting, which bite year round on the offshore grounds, and snapper of mixed sizes during the warmer months. There are also plenty of snook to be caught over the inshore ribbon weed beds.