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.