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Go Fishing @ Cape Jervis

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by Bettina Buechel (subscribe)
I am a writing Novelist from Austria - - I am living in South Australia since December 2010 and enjoy it a lot. Besides this I look after a small vineyard -
Published September 20th 2012
Enjoy a day on the Sea
A few months ago some friends invited us to accompany them on a day trip, namely for fishing to Cape Jervis. My husband was in his teenage years, a keen fisherman. However, he was not at sea but in a small lake in our home country. I had no experience in fishing, so I really looked forward to this new adventure here in Australia.

At 5 o'clock in the morning we started our day trip. The drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis took about 2 hours. The route went through the Gulf St Vincent coast passing gorgeous beaches and continued along the stunning coastline of Deep Creek Conservation Park. We reached the harbour at Cape Jervis on time and so we could start our trip without any delay. Our team of four people was completed with two other participants and the two crew members (the various tour operators are described at the end of this article).

Fantastic morning lights
Fantastic morning lights

The journey to the rich fishing grounds takes another two hours. It was bitter cold on the boat, but the atmosphere was superb. The scenery along the coast appeared in a fantastic light. The clicking of cameras had no end. Otherwise, the guests had nothing to do on the boat. With the help of a sonar, the crew took us to the place where they were anticipating a wealth of King George Whiting. Unfortunately, we were not the first on this fishing spot. The boat was anchored and the two fishermen were preparing the bait, which consisted of small mussels and squids. Something new for us. In our home country we use worms as bait. Everybody in our team got a fishing rod and tried his luck. How exciting.

Preparing baits
Preparing baits

And we had luck. Dozens of 40 to 50 cm large Whitings were fished out of the sea. Even a small shark bit into one of our baits, but a crew member dropped him immediately back into the open sea. Countless dolphins circled around our boat and escorted us to our next stop. Once there, a totally different technique of fishing was applied, so that we attract the Snooks - a proper fish to prepare "Fish and Chips". Following a successful stay at sea, the crew brought their satisfied guests back into the harbour.


Different fishing technique
Different fishing technique

Our catch:
10 Whiting
2 Snook

Enough fish to feed us for the following days. It was a great experience for us and we will definitely go back to Cape Jervis to go fishing. Thanks to our friends who invited us to this lovely day out.

Straight away to the oven
Straight away to the oven

Some Fishing Charters & Operators:

1. Lands End Pro Charters

Fish with the experts 30 years of local pro knowledge.

What to catch: Whiting, Salmon, Garfish, Snook, Squid, Shark and the big red snapper
Cost: from $120
Website: Land Send Procharters

2. Boat's Fishing Charters

Spacious & Comfortable Boat for up to 11 people Full and half day Charters

What to catch: not specified
Cost: Full day $175, Half day $115
Website: Fishing Charters Cape Jervis

3. Fleurieu Charters

Over 30 years' experience 2 boats available multiple day and overnight trips

What to catch: Snapper, Whiting, Salmon, Yellowtail kingfish, Sharks, Trevally, Squid, Snook
Cost: Available upon request
Website: Go Charter Fishing

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Why? Enjoy a day on the Sea
When: Almost the entire year
Where: Cape Jervis
Cost: Depends on the Charter
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