Bait and berley do's and don'ts

Help safeguard our marine environment – brush up on these bait and berley do’s and don’ts.

Bait and berley rules help to limit the spread of aquatic pests and diseases and minimise the potential for environmental harm to South Australia’s marine waters which could have a huge impact on our precious fish stocks and fishing activites.

By following these simple guidelines, you can give yourself the best chance of a good catch and do the right thing by our marine environment:

  • Don’t use any blood, bone, meat, offal or skin from an animal (other than fish, worms or insects) for berley in South Australian waters.
  • Don’t use leftover or uncooked seafood sold for human consumption (such as oysters, prawns, abalone and crabs) as bait or berley. Freeze them and discard with your household rubbish.
  • Don’t store live oysters or discard their shells in South Australian waters. Dispose of them in landfill.
  • Don’t use oysters or abalone, even when dead, as bait or berley.
  • Don’t remove bivalves (oysters, mussels, razorfish and cockles) from the Port River and West Lakes areas for any purpose, including bait or berley. A closure is in place and penalties apply.
  • Do remember that the best, most appropriate bait and berley can be purchased from your local tackle shop or fishing store. Try sardines, squid, cockles or beach worms.
  • Do try using artificial baits such as lures and soft plastics; it’s an environmentally friendly way to catch many species – like mulloway, snook, yellowfin whiting, salmon and tommy ruffs.

Port River bivalve closure details.

Page Last Reviewed: 18 Apr 2019
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