Offshore fun at Coffin Bay

COCOS ISLAND: Geoff McLachlan with a bonefish caught on fly last week.

COCOS ISLAND: Geoff McLachlan with a bonefish caught on fly last week.

Geoff McLachlan spent some time on Cocos Island chasing bonefish on fly last week. Tying his own flies he landed plenty in the 2 to 3 kilogram range and said they took 200 metre runs on the shallow flats with ease.

Scotty Lihou took his dad Neil out to try and catch his first tuna. Trolling offshore from Coffins the first tuna Neil hooked was this 37kg specimen.

Elliston/Sheringa

Mount Camel has had good reports of salmon averaging around 2-3 kilograms, biting mostly on metal lures.

Locks Well had also been producing some quality fish around the same size, with a school hanging in the area keeping anglers entertained.

Coffin Bay

Offshore fishing was great when the weather allowed. Nannys and snapper from 40 to 80 centimetres were caught on the reefs. Rocky, Greenly, the Hummocks and others areas had tuna, samsons and a few kings.

Farm beach has had plenty of anglers chasing king george whiting over the past week with mixed results. Plenty of the whiting caught were undersize and had to be returned to the water. 

Some larger fish were found, generally in deeper water. The odd kingfish had also been sighted in the Farm Beach/Frenchman area. 

Port Lincoln

The North Shore has been producing some quality garfish, squid, salmon trout and snook. All of these fish can be caught by land based and boat anglers.

The Proper Bay, has seen many anglers chasing king george whiting pulling in a few blue swimmer crabs on their whiting lines.

Whiting caught in the Proper were generally all of legal size, with plenty of blueys also being pulled up in pots, most full of meat.

Yellowfin whiting are being caught along the coastline, with reports starting at Port Lincoln right through to Arno Bay. Murrays Point anglers did well chasing occasional king george whiting and very big garfish.

Tumby Bay

The Group has been holding some decent king george whiting, garfish, silver trevally and squid. The main jetty has been reliable for yellowfin whiting in the shallows, as well as decent catches of squid, garfish and tommies.

Port Lincoln Anglers Club

Fifteen members and three visitors attend the outing to Coles Point/Greenly area on Sunday.

The heaviest fish was a 3.12kg salmon caught by Allan Stagg. Overall winner was Nathan Paterson.

Veterans: Wayne Bockman three species + one fish for 155 points; runner-up Syd Calverley beat Wayne Paterson by bag weight with both men catching one species + four fish for 70 points.

Men: Nathan Paterson four species + 4 fish for 220 points; runner-up Tim Doyle three species + six fish for 180 points.

Ladies: Heather Hampel beat Annette Brasington by bag weight with both ladies catching two species for 100 points.

Juniors: Riley Peters with three species + one fish for 155 points; runner-up Archer Appleton with two species + two points for 110 points.

Next event will be Sunday, February 26 to Hall Bay/Drummond area. Leaving clubrooms at 8am.

FIRST TUNA: Neil Lihou caught this 37 kilogram tuna trolling offshore from Coffin Bay.

FIRST TUNA: Neil Lihou caught this 37 kilogram tuna trolling offshore from Coffin Bay.

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