Fishing Spots

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 Port Vincent to Edithburgh to help plan your next fishing adventure...


Port Vincent

196km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon

Port Vincent is about two and a half hours by road from Adelaide and now attracts thousands of visiting boaties annually. With a marina and all weather launching facilities it’s a great access point for both inshore and offshore fishing. The Orontes Bank, renowned for its snapper and big whiting, is less than ten kilometres out to sea, and there is plenty of good whiting bottom to the east and south-east of the marina.

You’ll need a larger boat to fish the Orontes safely, but those with small boats can look forward to excellent squid fishing close in along the coast immediately south of Port Vincent. Simply drift over the inshore weed beds with a couple of artificial jigs set just above the bottom and, if conditions are right, catching a good feed shouldn’t be a problem.

Tommies, gar, snook and blue crabs are also well within range of the small boat brigade, but as the bay is open to winds from the south-east, care should be taken on typically breezy summer afternoons. The boat ramp, located within the confines of the marina, is one of the best on Yorke Peninsula. It can cater for trailer boats of virtually any size at any stage of the tide and offers a spacious car and trailer park and good security for those staying out overnight.

Port Vincent has no jetty for recreational fishing, but there is a conveniently located wharf that attracts plenty of interest from visitors. Tommies and mullet are regular catches from the wharf, along with the occasional nice bream. Best results from the wharf seem to come from late afternoon into the evening.

As is the case right along this stretch of coastline, there are opportunities for crab raking on the flats adjacent to Port Vincent, with most of the summer blueys of excellent size.


213km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon

Legendary among those who visit Yorke Peninsula regularly, Stansbury is situated on Oyster Bay. It’s a comfortable two and a half hour drive from Adelaide and has an excellent jetty that attracts a lot of visiting anglers when the weather is right. This jetty is good for blue swimmer crabs in the summer, as well as squid, mullet, gar, tommies and snook at night under the lights.

Stansbury’s back beach is great for big mullet in the autumn and it’s also possible to rake blue swimmers in the same location.

Surprisingly, Stansbury jetty also produces some thumper King George whiting at times. The best whiting come from the seaward end, where the bottom is a mixture of sand, tape weed and low limestone outcrops. Don’t expect to catch a bag limit of whiting from the jetty, but hauls of half a dozen fish per angler are common and some are better than 40 centimetres.

Cockle baits will catch these whiting, but better results are achieved by those who use live tube worms or pieces of peeled green prawn meat. Keep the tackle as light as possible, as inshore whiting can be touchy at times, shying away from heavy sinkers and thick nylon traces. The offshore fishing for King George whiting can be excellent, too, particularly during the cooler months. This is when the fish are generally bigger and tend to school up in better numbers. Inshore squidding can be action-packed when the water is clear, especially for those drifting the weed beds in small boats just after sunrise.

Those trailing fishing boats to Stansbury can look forward to first class launching facilities. The ramp is multi-laned with twin floating boarding pontoons and a small, but strategically positioned breakwater for protection from summer winds. The car and trailer park is sealed and quite secure for overnighting.

Wool Bay

217km from Adelaide

It’s almost three hours by road from Adelaide to Wool Bay, but it’s worth the trip. Here you’ll find one of the best squidding jetties in South Australia. A casual stroll along the jetty will reveal wall-to-wall squid ink, indicating just how many of the delectable cephalopods are caught here annually. It’s a busy jetty during holiday periods and on warm summer evenings, but squid numbers are still high.

Tommies and some nice gar are also available from the jetty, with best catches coming from late afternoon through into the evening. Use a floating rig and gents for bait and make sure you have a steady berley source to entice and hold the fish. A mixture of soaked stale bread, bran and some tuna oil will usually have the tommies and gar lined up for a feed.

Those keen enough to fish well into the wee small hours often do best at Wool Bay, with the period around sunrise sometimes prime time for calamari. Artificial squid jigs generally work well, but employing a ‘teaser’ line with a whole tommy ruff or gar regularly improves the catch.

To escape the jetty hordes, launching a small aluminium dinghy from the beach will often result in bag limit catches of squid, many of which are quite large. There are some King George whiting, snapper and snook offshore, but the nearest launching for bigger trailer boats is either Edithburgh or Stansbury.

Port Giles

222km from Adelaide

Port Giles has long been one of SA’s most popular and reliable jetty fishing venues. The long bulk handling pier was built over existing snapper grounds and was a truly remarkable place to fish back in the 1960s and ‘70s. The jetty is open to recreational fishers when there isn’t any shipping or maintenance activity. You can check access at www.portmis.flindersports.com.au

There is productive boat fishing for snapper and whiting to the north and south of the Port Giles jetty. It’s just a short trip from the Edithburgh boat harbor in good weather and although the snapper action isn’t as consistent as it once was, there is still a chance of pulling a 20 pounder if your luck is in. Likewise, hauls of 40 centimetre-plus King George whiting are often made on the grounds about five kilometres south-east of the  jetty.


233km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon

This delightful, historic port has a medium-length jetty that is renowned for its night-time tommy ruff catches and also yields plenty of squid on still summer evenings. Edithburgh is one of the few jetties that consistently produces King George whiting, which are generally caught by casting well out from the south-eastern corner.

There has also been the odd big snapper taken from the jetty, so it’s well worth setting a big bait on the bottom while concentrating on smaller species.

With a permanent population of around 450, Edithburgh offers good facilities and services. A modern boat harbour with multi-lane launching and floating boarding pontoons can handle trailer boats of any size at any stage of the tide. From here it’s just a short run out to Tapley Shoal, which is a renowned area for snapper and big King George whiting.

Tapley Shoal is a favourite area for charter boat operators, but as it comes from relatively deep water and is subject to strong tides, it’s not an easy area to fish. Local knowledge is essential for anyone venturing to the Shoal, both to optimise chances of a good catch and for safety reasons. It’s definitely not the place to be in a small boat on a choppy day!

The rock fishing between Edithburgh and Troubridge Point can be rewarding at times, with big snook, salmon and a few snapper caught when inshore conditions are favourable. Some of the better fishing is done with whole pilchard baits set beneath polystyrene floats. Both salmon and snook are suckers for this style of presentation and can provide great sport.

King George whiting are easy to locate in the bay at Edithburgh and most are of good size. When the water is clear, a lot of whiting are taken by drifting over areas of broken bottom, as are squid and snook. Night time gar dabbers often net plenty of big fish in the summer time when the water is calm and there is little or no moon.