Kangaroo Island 2020 holiday fishing report

King George whiting from the Bay of Shoals at Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. Photo: Stan Gorton
King George whiting from the Bay of Shoals at Kingscote on Kangaroo Island. Photo: Stan Gorton

The holidays are here and the fish are biting off Kangaroo Island.

If you truly are land-based, then squid have been going well off the Kingscote jetty in recent weeks.

Although breaking news that the northern half of the Kingscote jetty is now closed off to the public due to safety concerns is devastating news.

Jetties at Vivonne Bay and Emu Bay are also worth a go with some berley to bring up some Tommies or salmon trout.

You don't need to drag a boat over with you as relatively new business KI Boat Hire is still going after a difficult year, involving bushfires and then COVID.

Dennis Jamieson's tinnies can bet set up at the Bay of Shoals boat ramp or you can tow one to American River and Baudin Beach to access the partially sheltered waters of Nepean Bay.

He says the whiting moving into the summer grounds and sand patches around Nepean Bay, while there are plenty of snook around the moored boats.

Blue swimmer crabs are also again plentiful in Nepean Bay with reports of locals even raking for them in the shallows at Brownlow.

Emu Bay has also produced bag limits of whiting, but remember snapper are still not allowed to be caught for another two years.

Shane Murton from Fishing SA magazine also says the southern bluefin tuna have showed up in big numbers in Backstairs Passage already.

The locals have not yet been chasing the tuna off D'Estrees Bay that will no doubt happen on calmer, warmer days coming up.

Boaties are catching the tuna up to 20kg towing lures, sometimes the smaller the better.

On the beaches, Shane suggests targeting shark species, such as gummy, school and bronze whalers sharks, off the south coast.

Big salmon off south coast beaches are hit and miss and he found the schools scarce during his recent visit, although you never know when they're going to show up.

Good news is that some of our precious black bream did survive the bushfires that blackened the rivers on the north and south coasts.

There were reports of fish kills at the entrances to various rivers after the big rains hit in late January, but there have been reports of black bream taking lures in various rivers.

Do the right thing and practice catch and release with these fish, they've been through enough already!


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