Crabs are talk of the town

SALMON: On his first beach fishing trip Luke Pope from Cooma, NSW, caught this 3.5kg salmon.
SALMON: On his first beach fishing trip Luke Pope from Cooma, NSW, caught this 3.5kg salmon.

Tuna and blue swimmer crabs are the talk of the town at the moment.

If you like having a feed of either, now is the time to get out amongst them.

Now for what was biting and where.

West Coast

Venus and Streaky bays have been holding good numbers of King George whiting, silver trevally, snook, garfish and some tommies up to 30 centimetres.

Offshore has seen tuna to 25 kilograms caught in most of the usual locations.

There were a few small schools of salmon to two kilograms in the Elliston area.

Coffin Bay

Farm beach has been one of the few areas producing King George whiting in good numbers.

Try fishing in deeper water, the whiting have been in up to 10 metres of water at times.

Farm Beach is also good for sand crabs, the odd gummy shark, garfish and some nice sized tommies.

Inside Coffin Bay, the whiting are mostly small and hard to locate.

If you are looking for a feed, try fishing the local jetties close to dark for some garfish and snook.

Dutton Bay has been good for some fat garfish as well.

Offshore has seen tuna to 25 kilograms caught in most of the usual locations.

The Four Hummocks has probably been the most consistent area this week.

Rocky and Greenly have been good at times, but at other times the tuna have been small and very flighty. The best lures have been small divers, but only up to 160mm,  bigger lures should start to work soon, as there are lots of schools of pilchards out there.

Kingfish and samson fish have been caught on most lumps. Jigs and whole squid baits are the most effective.

Port Lincoln

Blue swimmer crabs are being caught in good numbers just about everywhere. 

The most productive areas have been Proper Bay between the monument and Tulka and Louth Bay.

Whiting and tommies are the most popular baits.

North Shields, Port Lincoln and Louth Bay jetties have all produced garfish, squid and snook after dark.

Offshore has seen tuna to 18kg caught at Liggy, Whalers Way, Fisheries and The Cabbage Patch.

There are a lot of small fish out there, some have been about 2kg.

Small lures and skirts in Purple and Red Head are working best but the pilchard and sauri colours are not far behind.

King George whiting have been very hard to locate this week, hopefully when the tides pick up later this week they will become more active and come in closer to shore to feed. Ditto on the squid.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

Arno and Port Neil have been productive for King George whiting in close to the towns.

Cockles and Squid have been the best baits, but berley is a must when you find the fish.

A few snapper have been caught, but mostly pan sized ones and they have been hard work to locate.

Tumby Bay

Squid, snook and a few gar at night time have been caught from the jetty.

The foreshore beaches have a few yellowfin whiting with clickers being the standout bait.

The Group has been hit and miss again this week. The word on the street has been that netters have been out in some areas, so that may be why some anglers have missed out.

Others have done well getting their bag limit of whiting easily, with some fish being in the mid 40cm bracket.