206km from Adelaide
Boat launching – Dual lane, all tide, boarding pontoon
Legendary among those who visit Yorke Peninsula regularly, Stansbury is situated on Oyster Bay.
It’s a comfortable two and a half hour drive from Adelaide and has an excellent jetty that attracts a lot of visiting anglers when the weather is right. This jetty is good for blue crabs in the summer, as well as squid, mullet, gar, tommies and snook at night under the lights. Stansbury’s back beach is great for big mullet in the autumn and it’s also possible to rake blue swimmer crabs in the same location.
Surprisingly, Stansbury jetty also produces some thumper King George whiting at times. The best whiting come from the seaward end, where the bottom is a mixture of sand, tape weed and low limestone outcrops. Don’t expect to catch a bag limit of whiting from the jetty, but hauls of half a dozen fish per angler are common and some are better than 40 centimetres.
Cockle baits will catch these whiting, but better results are achieved by those who use live tube worms or pieces of peeled green prawn meat. Keep the tackle as light as possible, as inshore whiting can be touchy at times, shying away from heavy sinkers and thick nylon traces. The offshore fishing for King George whiting can be excellent too, particularly during the cooler months. This is when the fish are generally bigger and tend to school up in better numbers. Inshore squidding can be action-packed when the water is clear, especially for those drifting the weed beds in small boats just after sunrise.
Those trailering fishing boats to Stansbury can look forward to excellent launching facilities. The ramp is multi-laned with twin floating boarding pontoons and a small, but strategically positioned breakwater for protection from summer winds. The car and trailer park is sealed and quite secure for overnight expeditions.