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Streaky Bay has been good for King George whiting but they have been just longer than the legal limit mostly.
Other species in the bays include flathead, garfish, snook, squid and salmon.
The schools of fish on the surf beaches are growing in size every week. If these south east winds hang around, these beaches will be a great place to throw a few lures around for them.
Inside the bay, the run of good King George whiting continues. Fish are mostly in the 32cm to 38cm bracket and are fat. Squid baits are the best, with cockles a close second.
Farm Beach is fishing well for King George whiting to 34cm and nice sized squid.
The King George whiting pattern squid jig has caught its fair share of squid this week and is worth having rigged on a rod while out catching some whiting.
There have also been good numbers of garfish and snook around.
Offshore there are plenty of snapper, nannygai and blue morwong being caught. For those chasing bigger fish, Greenly and Rocky Island and the Hummocks are the places to be for samsonfish, kingfish and there are still plenty of tuna about for those willing to troll around.
One lucky angler this week landed a 62cm King George whiting while out fishing with GT Charters. I reckon he is still smiling and will have the photo to show his mates for years to come.
Snapper have been the most chased fish this week. Snapper to 4Kg have been caught around town. Try the DG, Bronzewing, or any other shallow reefs around town and out in the passage for a good chance to land some healthy looking fish. Keep a light outfit rigged for garfish handy as well, as they are appearing in good numbers all around the place.
The town jetty and wharf areas have produced some big gar, a few squid, some yellowfin whiting and plenty of tommies. Blue swimmer crabs are still here in numbers. The warm weather this week will probably encourage them to hang around for another few weeks.
The Cabbage Patch is the place to be offshore. Samsonfish and a few tuna are available out there, although the tuna are dropping in numbers and size now.
The Wanna area is firing, with salmon starting to school up in big numbers. The fish are in schools with sizes ranging from 1kg to 4kgs, so if you find a school of smaller fish, move on to the next school and they could be the fat 60cm plus models.
Port Neill/Arno Bay
The snapper fishing from Arno continues to fire. Fish from ruggers to 4kg have been landed out wide. In close to town, the King George whiting and squid are keeping most boaties happy and from land yellowfin whiting have been in good numbers.
The jetty has produced some big squid. Some have hoods up to 30cm; best times are around dusk and dawn and drifting around the bay has caught more squid than those anchoring up.
The Group has been fishing well for snapper and King George whiting, with fish up into the high 40cms available.
Yellowfin whiting are starting to reduce in numbers. The remaining fish seem to be of good size and will still take a surface lure.
Blue swimmer crabs are still available but their numbers are starting to reduce.
Outside the harbour, rugger snapper have been caught along with a few larger specimens out wider.