45km from Adelaide
Accessible from Port Wakefield Road, Middle Beach consists of expansive tidal flats and a dense mangrove fringe. These mangroves make up an integral part of the inshore ecosystem of eastern Gulf St. Vincent and are a significant nursery area for juvenile fish of many varieties.
Yellowfin whiting are caught at Middle Beach in summer by those fishing the rising tide late in the afternoon. Live tube worms or nippers (marine yabbies) are the preferred baits. Nippers can be pumped from the sand flats when the tide is low and they are best fished on a very light line with tiny sinkers. Most of the yellowfin caught at Middle Beach are good size, ranging up to 35 centimetres on occasion.
It is possible to launch a small boat here, but only around high tide. There are plenty of gar to be dabbed at night and King George whiting offshore over areas of broken bottom.
Blue swimmer crabs are available to those prepared to wade the flats on the rising tide, particularly through the summer months. These vary in size, with the biggest crabs usually turning up late in the season. Provided you rake at the right time of day, it’s often possible to pick up a personal bag limit of blueys on a single tide.