Snapper caught at Group

We had some great conditions and some excellent fish were caught over the long weekend, but the weather has turned since then.

CATCH: Tristan Miller with some 55cm silver trevally caught on stick baits in shallow water.

CATCH: Tristan Miller with some 55cm silver trevally caught on stick baits in shallow water.

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Now for what was biting and where.

West Coast

Silver trevally are being caught from west coast beaches, with most fish being of great size.

Decent salmon were reported from Locks Well, and Walkers Rocks.

King George whiting are being caught in the bays and from the beaches on cockles and squid baits.

Coffin Bay

The national park has had reports of some good numbers of flathead being caught, averaging from 40 to 60cm.

King George whiting and salmon trout were also reported from the park.

Salmon were also reported in good numbers along Gunyah beach.

A few squid were caught from the town jetties, King George whiting pattern were among the best jigs.

Port Lincoln

Boaties fishing Buffalo Reef reported snapper from 38 to 50cm.

Salmon are in full swing right along the south coastline.

Sleaford to Wanna had great reports of schooling salmon, biting well on pilchard baits and just about any lure thrown at them.

The average fish was around the two kilogram mark, but fish to four kilos were common.

Boaties reported King George whiting from Carcase Rock to Taylors, generally in decent numbers and of legal size.

Other reports for whiting came from Tulka through to Monument, which were caught by both land based and boat anglers.

A few snook were reported by land based anglers from inside local bays.

Snook were caught on diving minnows, or soft plastic lures.

Squid have been around in good numbers, although small around town from the shore, once you get further out into deeper water, their size improves.

Best colours around town have been pink, white and King George whiting in sizes 2.5 and 3.0.

Flathead continue to be found on most beaches, soft plastics in most colours and sizes are working well.

Remember that these fish are in the shallows to breed, so please keep only what you need for a fresh feed and release the big females to ensure a good fishery for years to come.

If handling a big female flathead, support their belly and lift them horizontally for as short a time as possible to give them the best chance to recover quickly.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

There are still a few reports of snapper being caught around these areas.

Inshore reefs have been holding fish to 45cm, but be prepared with plenty of gear as the rocks and undesirable fish can keep a few sinkers and hooks.

Whiting, snook, garfish and squid are all around in reasonable numbers for boaties and from the jetties as well.

Late in the afternoon and after dark is when the fishing is at its best.

Tumby Bay

Boaties reported some good catches of snapper coming from the Group, averaging from 38 to 60cm.

King George whiting were also reported caught in this area from boaties fishing throughout the night.

The town jetty remains reliable for decent sized squid.

Cowell

Yellowfin whiting remain to be caught in decent numbers from local beaches.

Fish size was generally exceptional, with best results coming from anglers using worm baits.

Port Lincoln Anglers Club

Best of luck to the members that are heading to Harrington, NSW for the nationals.