Sturt Bay & Foul Bay
Foul Bay, 268km from Adelaide
Boat launching - Single lane, not recommended at low tide
Although the ‘sole’ of the Yorke Peninsula ‘foot’ doesn’t attract as much of the limelight as many more prominent locations, it can be a very productive stretch of coastline to fish.
Sturt Bay is a mullet fisher’s paradise from late March through into the winter and most of the fish are big, silver and in prime condition. Be on the beach early with a rising tide to find the mullet at their hungriest and make sure to have a good supply of berley to attract and hold them in the general fishing area. By far the best bait for mullet are the local seaweed worms, which can be dug from beneath rotting ribbon weed piled up in some spots along the beach.
There are some enormous King George whiting in the deeper water off Sturt Bay, particularly at the Point Davenport end. Fish to more than 50 centimetres are taken at times, along with rugger snapper, school sharks and some nice flathead.
Despite its rather uninspiring name, Foul Bay is also a legendary location for truly big whiting. The reefy areas off Point Yorke often yield kilogram-plus whiting and medium snapper sometimes put in an appearance toward the beginning of summer. The launching ramp isn’t the best at low tide and those with larger trailer craft often drive across from Marion Bay.
Further west of Foul Bay is Butlers Beach and Salmon Beach. These little known beaches offer good catches of salmon, mullet and King George whiting. Access is through Hillocks Drive, a private property for a small entrance fee.
Note: A Marine Park Sanctuary Zone is located near Point Davenport, which extends well into Foul Bay.