camping / fishing Yalata SA during winter

Submitted: Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 20:40
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Hi all,great site.
I am planning a camping trip to Yalata in winter 2013.
I have camped and fished the area quite a bit over the last 20 years or so,but never in winter months!
Thought that it may be a nice change,instead of 45 C by 10am etc.
So,really what I'm after is some insight as to what I can expect weatherwise for that time of the year,and also any fishing tips for winter species over there.
Well aware of the isolation / self sufficiency and permits etc.
Lastly,any thoughts on a good tent to sleep 4 adults comfortably
Cheers in advance.
Pavlovs Dog
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Reply By: get outmore - Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 23:51

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 23:51
Im gonna assume its similar to wa south east in which case weather will be much kinder especially wind wise unless a front is going through. Is it even open in winter? As the owners do shut the place I believe
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Reply By: marc p - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 04:05

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 04:05
Hi mate,

I go every year over the summer for between 2 - 5 weeks and camp. Only do overnight trips now into Yalata/Dog fence when the winds and tides are right after spending a succession of years when we camped at Yalata for week stretches 'dry' not catching anything.

Have been the past three winters for a week and each has been good. Last August was superb. Norhterlies for most part and low to mid twenties. Out in the boat everyday from Fowlers. Not the 20+ knot summer SE winds that seem to last forever.

I still think it is a gamble if you get there just before a Southerly blow that lasts for a week. To me it is worth it because winter has some of the longest calmest stretches. You can catch all the usual suspects + a bit more of a chance for snapper if you fish areas with an outer reef like bobs kitchen. No mulloway that I have ever caught or heard caught and KG whiting don't move close to shore until closer to summer. Plenty of big 10lb salmon around that seem to be in the gutters more feeding than schooled up outside casting range like in summer.

Tent for 4. It depends on how much cash you want to spend. Anything by Oztent or Blackwolf spring to mind. In winter I'd go with a decent quickshade with at least three walls for cooking and waiting out rain/wind etc and make do with smaller tents. I've got a black wolf twin turbo 3.0 that sleeps two comfortably at each end with a central room.

To whet you appetite Winter 2009

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Follow Up By: marc p - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 04:21

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 04:21

One more fromsame winter from Fowlers Beach

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Reply By: Pavlovs Dog - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 11:42

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 11:42
Hi guy's,
thanks for the replies.
That's great info re the fishing during winter........much appreciated.
I was thinking of looking to camp at Coombra or The Granites.
Thats a great picture of the dolphin surfing the waves......had a similar experience at Geus a few years back with 3 or 4 doing similar.......obviously feeding........and that sky!........fortunately,never felt the brunt of one of those fronts before.
As for tenting........thought of the Oztent,and had a pretty good look at them as the sound of the Black Wolf as well.....will check them out.
Any more info appreciated.
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Follow Up By: Pavlovs Dog - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 16:09

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 16:09
hi marc p,

would love to "pick your brains" on this subject more if I could ????????

can email me at

if you wish.

many,many more questions lol.

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