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THERE can be no doubt that win­ter is truly upon us. Fre­quent north-west­erly fronts should now dom­i­nate weather pat­terns for the next cou­ple of months, bring­ing both pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives for lo­cal an­glers. On the plus side of the ledger, reg­u­lar storms should keep the bot­tom feed­ers like whit­ing and snapper on a con­stant hunt for food. How­ever, heavy on­shore winds also will re­strict ac­cess and keep most boats on their trail­ers for longer than nor­mal.

Win­ter fish­ing in SA is about plan­ning around the weather. There are plenty of shel­tered ar­eas, such as the Port River for small boats, the Onka­paringa, West Lakes and the Mur­ray, which is fir­ing at present for cal­lop and the oc­ca­sional large cod. The bot­tom line, of course, is not to pack the gear away and give up. There are count­less win­ter op­tions if you think about where and when to head out. Be­fore the wind started on Mon­day there were still good num­bers of mul­let to be caught along most of the metro fore­shore. Some of the bet­ter lo­ca­tions in­clude the beach di­rectly in front of Ed­ward St at Brighton, both the Glenelg and Brighton jet­ties, Ten­nyson Beach and from the rocks on the south­ern break­wa­ter at North Haven. You can also ex­pect mul­let in­side the Patawa­longa, West Lakes, the Onka­paringa es­tu­ary and from the beaches fur­ther south.

This week’s strong on­shore winds will un­doubt­edly stir the shal­lower wa­ter along the coast, which may tem­po­rar­ily up­set the mul­let schools, but I doubt it will have any lon­glast­ing ef­fects.

A few bet­ter bream are now be­gin­ning to ap­pear in the Onka­paringa River’s lower reaches, and an in­jec­tion of stormwa­ter into this sys­tem cer­tainly won’t cause any harm. Bream don’t mind a bit of fresh, par­tic­u­larly when they are look­ing to put on con­di­tion prior to spring­time spawn­ing.

Whit­ing ac­tion should be worth check­ing out once this cur­rent series of cold fronts clears away and con­di­tions settle. Rea­son­able catches were re­ported from the grounds off Minda Home, the Broad­way and Marino, all of which should be worth a visit as soon as sea con­di­tions per­mit. Soft­ened squid and Goolwa cock­les will get the job done if the KG’s are on the job.

Sal­mon trout con­tinue to move through the Port River sys­tem, al­though av­er­age size is still down. This is a good time to be look­ing for mul­loway, their main preda­tors, but you’ll have to rug up and be pre­pared to sit out the cold nights. The slower tides are def­i­nitely bet­ter for live bait­ing, so plan your evening sor­ties ac­cord­ingly.

I haven’t heard much sal­mon news from Port Noar­lunga, but it’s a fair bet this re­cent bout of strong wind will stir them into ac­tion shortly. The first gen­uine “bar­rel” bluefin tuna was caught this week off Beach­port, a lovely fish of 90kg.

Smaller tuna are still avail­able in un­prece­dented num­bers off­shore from Port MacDon­nell, but get­ting out to them looks a bit tricky un­til the weather has set­tled and ocean SATUR­DAY TIDE TIMES Port Ade­laide SUN & MOON TIMES Port Lin­coln swell abates. Ten-year-old an­gler, Sam Whan, boated a po­ten­tial ju­nior record mako shark of 99kg on just 10kg line last week­end wide of Port MacDon­nell, which is ter­rific ef­fort for one so young.

There are still plenty of school sharks out wide in this area too, many of which are bet­ter than 20kg.

Shore-based an­glers are pulling plenty of nice gar at Liv­ing­stones and Cape Douglas, along with mul­let and the oc­ca­sional sal­mon. Cape Banks is prob­a­bly the mul­let hot-spot down that way at present, and most are of ex­cel­lent size.

Mul­loway re­ports from the Glenelg River have been very en­cour­ag­ing. Fish to over a me­tre have been taken in sev­eral lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the jetty at Dono­vans Land­ing and the stretch be­tween Tay­lors Strait and Nel­son. Re­ports have been thin this week, ex­cept for a few squid from the jet­ties at Sec­ond Val­ley, Rapid Bay and the Bluff at Vic­tor Har­bor. There are tom­mies at Cape Jervis in the evenings, but their av­er­age size isn’t great.

Bream are still ac­tive in the Hind­marsh River at Vic­tor, par­tic­u­larly from late after­noon into the dark­ness. Surf cast­ers are now find­ing sal­mon ac­tion far more con­sis­tent, from Locks Well all the way through to Cof­fin Bay Na­tional Park. The Locks Well fish are in the 2-3kg bracket on av­er­age, while those on Al­monta and Gun­yah Beaches are a bit big­ger. The same ap­plies in Lin­coln Na­tional Park, with Wanna, the Sal­mon Hole and Millers Hole all fir­ing.

Port Lin­coln’s yel­lowfin whit­ing run is now in full swing, from the Axel Sten­ross ramp all the way to the yacht club. Live click­ers are the best bait, but you can also ex­pect to catch some on sea­weed worms and pieces of peeled prawn. Squid are still in good sup­ply along Lin­coln’s North Shore, and there are some nice flat­head for those us­ing soft plas­tics or pilchards. Ar­drossan jetty has squid, tom­mies and the oc­ca­sional school mul­loway, but crabs have now thinned out. Most jet­ties on the eastern shore re­main con­sis­tent for cala­mari, but those on the op­po­site side have shut down due to dirty wa­ter. This is prime time for squid around the Penin­sula, and find­ing an area of clean wa­ter is def­i­nitely the key.

YOU BEAUTY: Phil Radley from Port Pirie caught this mas­sive 50cm King Ge­orge whit­ing while out on the wa­ter with a cou­ple of mates at a Port Vic­to­ria fish­ing trip. Send us your fish­ing pic­ture for the chance to see it in YOUR WEEK­END on Fri­day. Email...

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