Kangaroo Island offers some of the best fishing anywhere is South Australia. At the top of the list is are our famous "kidney slapping" King George Whiting, arguably the finest table fish in the country. There are many great spots around the island to wet a line and try your luck and the main locations are shown below. Kangaroo Island has a number of fishing charter businesses. KI Fishing Charters offers private fishing charters for sea dragon Lodge guests. Fishing gear can be rented from Sea Dragon Lodge or the KI Tourist Information Centre in Penneshaw and bait can be purchased from most petrol stations on the island.
If you are coming to Kangaroo Island and are a keen fisherman, why not stay at Sea Dragon Lodge and fish beautiful Pink Bay. Bring your catch back to the Lodge and enjoy fresh fish out on the deck accompanied by a local KI white wine. Sashimi style "tommies or salmon" or beer battered King George Whiting are just a few popular Sea Dragon seafood delights. Your host Steve has fished the waters of Kangaroo Island for the last 30 years and is happy to share his knowledge. Steve and several other locals with extensive local knowledge can be hired as a guide to help you land a great catch.
Filleting King George Whiting
If you are interested to learn how to fillet King George Whiting, then click on the following Video
Boat: Whiting, Snapper, Salmon, Snook & Squid. Best time for Whiting April to November. Snapper between April & June.
Jetty: Tommies, Garfish, Squid, Flathead & Salmon Trout.
Shore: Whiting, Flathead, Mullet & Snapper.
Boat: Snapper, Nannygai, Whiting, Blue Morwong, Swallowtail & Trevally.
Shore: Mullet, Tommies & occasional Whiting & Salmon.
Rocks: Sweep, Tommies, Garfish, Whiting, Trevally & Salmon.
River: Mullet & August to November Bream.
Shore: Tommies, Salmon Trout, School Sharks & occasionally Whiting. Bream in the river mouth.
Beach: Salmon, Mullet, Tommies, Sharks, Flathead & Bream.
Jetty: Tommies, Whiting, Squid, Garfish & Trevally.
Point Ellen: Sweep, Salmon, Trevally & Tommies but extreme care must be taken because of the large swells.
D’Estrees Bay: Beach Launch
Boat: Whiting, Trevally, Tommies, Flathead, Salmon Trout, Snapper, Nannygai, Swallowtail Snook, Garfish, Squid & small sharks.
Shore: Whiting, Salmon, Trevally, Tommies, Flathead & Mullet. Beach also suitable for salt water fly fishing.
Rivers: Harriet & Eleanor
BEST BAITS TO USE
Here is a guide on some of the baits that have worked well for the Author at Kangaroo Island:
King George & Silver Whiting
Cockles (or pippis), worms, squid
Soft Plastics, small lures, live bait, large whitebait