Seasoned fishermen and women know all too well the thrilling tug on the end of a fishing line — and there’s no better place to wet a line than here in South Australia. We went down to Cape Jervis to try our luck from the back of a boat.
The sun was shining and the sea was calm as we headed out into Backstairs Passage and along the coast of the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula. We were looking for snapper and squid with Rob Cuming and his family from Christies Beach Marine.
Of course, the advantage of fishing from a boat — rather than from a jetty — is the ability to move around and maybe land that elusive fish of a lifetime!
The waters between Cape Jervis and KI are renowned for snapper, nannygai, the occasional tuna, and sometimes even the odd shark!
Rob’s favourite places to fish in South Australia include the North Coast of Kangaroo Island for its untouched, beautiful scenery, Whyalla on the Eyre Peninsula because of the snapper, and the bottom of Eyre Peninsula — around Coffin Bay and Port Lincoln — again, because it’s so untouched, plus offers great fishing and camping.
Of course fishing is a game of chance – and whilst the snapper weren’t biting for us, we took our cue from some other fishermen and tried for some squid closer to shore. It wasn’t long before 10-year-old Maddie hit the jackpot and caught one on a hand line – that’s gotta be a good sign!
If you’d like to know more about fishing — or boating for that matter – why not head along to the Adelaide Boat Show? The 2019 show is on from the 28th to the 30th of June at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Head to the website for all the details.