227km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon
It’s roughly three hours by road from Adelaide to Edithburgh - a trip made by thousands of hopeful holiday anglers each year. 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.