Good weather, lots of fish

EAGLE RAY: Michael Balek with an eagle ray he caught in the Lincoln Cove Marina.

EAGLE RAY: Michael Balek with an eagle ray he caught in the Lincoln Cove Marina.

With some good weather and plenty of people in the area fishing, there has been lots of good reports of fish being caught.

So take advantage of the good fishing and get out there.

This week’s photograph is of Michael Balek with a nice eagle ray he caught land-based in the Lincoln Cove Marina.

Now for what was biting and where.

West Coast

Anglers continue to do well with a few Mulloway being caught this week. Fish up to 23 kilograms have been reported.

It sounds like fresh bait is getting hard to catch up there, so make sure you take some bait up with you as a backup.

There have been reports of some good sweep and silver trevally from the rocky outcrops around Sheringa and Elliston.

There are also king george whiting being caught from the beaches.

Most of the whiting have been small, so check them for legal length before keeping them.

Tuna continue to be found in close to shore at Sceale Bay.

Farm Beach

Boaties are coming home with a good feed of king george whiting, however did mention that size of fish was an issue.

A high percentage of fish caught were undersize and had to be returned to the water.

It is important to emphasise that fishers should handle fish with extreme care, in the event that they are undersize.

Simple things like ensuring you have wet hands and covering the fish’s eyes with a wet cloth can increase their chance of survival.

Coffin Bay

Offshore anglers are cleaning up on bight redfish fishing lumps, using baits and jigs.

Some sampson fish, kingfish, and blue morwong were also among the catch list.

Tuna are varying in size and locations as to where they were caught.

Rocky Island seemed to have the best results for anglers trolling deep divers, with the largest being about 25 kilograms, and averaging 10-15 kilograms.

Gunyah and Almonta beaches are producing good numbers of big salmon, averaging between two and five kilograms.

Port Lincoln

The main wharf has been producing some decent size salmon, from just legal to specimens weighing more than one kilogram.

Best results came from anglers using diving minnow lures.

Slimy Mackerel were also a popular target biting on most baits.

Keep an eye out for kingfish, as many have been sighted around the wharf/ jetty area, proving to be very difficult to hook and especially land.

Anglers that did manage to hook up to these suspected 15-20 kilogram fish were using live baits presented under a float.

Sleaford to Wanna is holding a lot of salmon with reports coming in from all along that coastline.

Wisemans Beach and Millers Hole have had the most consistent reports, with fish all averaging over two kilograms.

Best results were from anglers casting metal slugs towards schools.

Blue swimmer crabs are still on the quieter side, with very minimal numbers reported.

The Proper Bay seems to be holding a few crabs but only odd loners.

Crab size seems to be decent and most crabs caught have had decent amounts of meat inside.

King george whiting and squid have been caught by most anglers between the Port Lincoln town jetty and North Shields.

Keep in less than five metres of water though, as the wrasse become a problem in the deeper water.

Squid strips and cockles are by far the best bait.

Tumby Bay

The Tumby Marina still has kingfish, bream, silver trevally, tommies and salmon trout being caught on lures and baits.

The Group is fishing well for squid and whiting and the odd snapper to 3kg in the deeper water.

There are also plenty of garfish and tommies out at the group so take a float rig if you head out there.