Port Broughton is a favourite destination for anglers wanting to fish from charter boats. The boat ramp in the sheltered harbour is next to a small pier complex and is popular for small fish including salmon, Tommy ruff, kingfish, squid and garfish. The run out of the harbour is in a channel with sandbanks on either side so it is important to stay within the boundaries of the channel.
SA’s snapper fishing season closes at midday on 1 November and re-opens at midday on 30 November. The energising effect is enormous. You can usually count in tonnes the weight of big snapper caught over the first couple of days when the snapper season re-opens. In some years when the snapper are slow on opening day, anglers blame the heavy boating traffic, but within a week, you can generally count on some big fish of 9–15 kg.
In the lead-up to opening day you will see boats anchored over favourite marks like The Illusions (GPS: S33 29 041, E137 32 586) between Port Broughton and Whyalla, the Car Bodies (S33.33.100, E137.51.359) off Port Broughton and the Middle Bank (S33.41.730, E137.33.645). These anglers aren’t fishing – they are feeding their marks with berley in the hope of attracting the snapper to the area. Many sit on their marks for the final 24 hours up to snapper opening just to maintain their mark and keep feeding out the berley.
At the northernmost end of the Yorke Peninsula is the industrial city of Port Augusta. Typical of SA coastal towns, it offers many opportunities for anglers, whether fishing from shore or in a boat.
There are several jetties and three boat ramps, the main ramp located in front of the Augusta Hotel. Whiting, snapper, garfish, Tommy ruff, sometimes dolphinfish and blue swimmer crabs are some of the species you can expect to catch, but Port Augusta is best known for the big yellowtail kingfish that take up residence in the warm water outlet from the power station, a couple of kilometres south of the city. Best time is June–October.