209km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Beach launch
Although Port Rickaby receives limited exposure through the angling media, the truth is it’s a pretty good location to try, particularly if you’re after a decent feed of squid. Located about 35 kilometres north of Point Turton, Rickaby is a quaint little settlement with its own jetty and a neat, tidy caravan park.
The jetty produces a few mullet throughout the autumn and early winter and plenty of tommies, gar and squid year-round.
Most of the regular Rickaby calamari catchers use artificial jigs suspended beneath a styrene float. The technique is simple; cast the jig as far as possible from the jetty, retrieve it slowly and erratically and wait for a hungry squid to hop on. Most of the squid are good ones and by far the best times to try are late afternoon/early evening and sunrise. There are no lights on the jetty, so make sure you have a torch or lantern handy for illumination.
There is reasonable boat launching here from the beach, but no established ramp, so a four wheel drive or tractor are mandatory. Rickaby is a great location for big King George whiting, which bite year round on the offshore grounds, and snapper of mixed sizes during the warmer months. There are also plenty of snook to be caught over the inshore ribbon weed beds.