180km from Adelaide
Although rarely recognised as a productive land-based fishing venue, Port Julia offers plenty for those with small boats.
The short jetty becomes almost high and dry around low tide, but can yield surprising catches when the water is up. It is quite popular with visiting anglers in the warmer months, with reasonable catches of squid and tommies made after dark. Young anglers with the right equipment often tangle with big eagle rays and small bronze whaler sharks from the jetty and there are blue swimmer crabs available in season.
Yellowfin whiting action along the adjacent beaches can be rewarding in the warmer months and there are also some big mullet from Easter onward. Port Julia is totally exposed to the strong summer sea breezes, however, making small boats a little risky in the afternoons. There are whiting, gar, crabs and squid offshore from nearby Sheoak Flat.
Night time gar dabbers often do very well off Port Julia, particularly when the water is clear and calm and there is little moonlight. All you need for this fun activity is a small, manoeuvrable boat, a hand-held spotlight and a long-handled net. Gar can be dabbed at any time after the sun goes down and it’s often possible to bag several dozen in quick time.