FISH SPECIES SEASONS BEST BAITS TIME OF DAY
BLUE CRABS Summer, autumn Fish heads, squid All day
BREAM All year, spring Tube worms, prawn, Dawn and dusk
FLATHEAD All year Pilchards, squid, fish strips All day
GARFISH Summer, autumn Gents, prawn, cockles All day
KING GEORGE WHITING All year Cockles, prawn, squid, All day
MULLET Autumn, winter Seaweed worms, cockles All day
MULLOWAY Summer Fish fillets, squid heads Dusk into the night
SALMON Autumn, winter Pilchards, fish fillets Dusk and dawn
SNAPPER Summer Pilchards, fish fillets, squid Dusk and dawn
SNOOK All year Lures, fish strips All day, night from jetties
SQUID All year Artificial jigs, wire jigs Dusk into the night
TOMMY RUFFS All year Gents, prawn, cockles Evening best
YELLOWFIN WHITING All year Cockles, prawn, squid, All day
Did you know...?
As a general of thumb, blue swimmer crabs are usually caught in local shallow waters during the months that contain the letter ‘R’.
Port Broughton has developed an enviable reputation over the years as one of Australia’s premier locations for truly big snapper. This rather unique inlet from upper Spencer Gulf offers many angling alternatives, from light estuary through to heavy offshore. The inlet itself is almost totally protected from strong winds and provides some first class fishing for yellowfin whiting in the winter time.
Yellowfin to 40 centimetres provide terrific light tackle action from the jetty, with tube worms, prawns and clickers the preferred baits. Yellowfin are caught day and night and most who are there at the right time have little trouble filling a personal quota.
There are salmon trout, mullet and tommies available for much of the year, along with some nice garfish when conditions are calm. However, it is Port Broughton’s offshore potential for top class snapper fishing that really stirs the imagination of visiting anglers. There are some terrific deep water grounds, such as the wreck of the Illusion and Plank Shoal, which produce snapper to 14 kilograms from late spring through the summer months.
Charter operators are on hand to take paying clients out to the offshore snapper grounds, most of whom are highly experienced and regularly achieve exciting results. It is not uncommon for charter groups to catch a boat limit of snapper to 13 kilograms or better. The area’s King George whiting are generally medium size, but there are a few bigger ones taken offshore in deeper water.
You’ll need a good size boat with a big fuel range, as many of the snapper grounds are well offshore – sometimes further than half way across the Gulf. There are plenty of snook offshore as well, along with squid, gar and the occasional flathead. Boat launching facilities at Broughton are excellent. The ramp features dual lanes, twin boarding pontoons, ample security lighting and a spacious, sealed car park.