Shields offers a mixed bag

NANNYGAI: Sam Brown and Angie Shaddock with a quality nannygai each. Photo: GT Fishing Charters
NANNYGAI: Sam Brown and Angie Shaddock with a quality nannygai each. Photo: GT Fishing Charters

There has been some wild weather this week but those that headed out on the better days managed to find plenty of fish.

West Coast

Venus and Streaky bays are still producing good sized whiting in the bays. Squid has been the number one bait.

The surf beaches along the coast are producing salmon to 3 kilograms.

There have not been too many schools reported this week, so you will need to be patient or move around to find them.

Coffin Bay

Offshore has been producing a variety of fish over the last few weeks.

Small tuna (about 4kg) are around in good numbers around Reef Head and the Hummocks.

Nannygai, blue morwong, blue groper, samson fish, gummy sharks and a few snapper have all been caught in various locations.

For whiting, try around Longnose and Gallipoli as they seem to be holding some bigger fish.

Most areas inside the bay are holding lots of just undersized fish, so make sure you measure them and allow for postmortem shrinkage.

Port Lincoln

The wharf area is producing slimy mackerel, tommies and salmon trout.

If you are chasing some squid, try Murrays Point, Grantham Island, Taylors Landing, Memory Cove, and North Shields areas.

Proper Bay has been tough going for King George whiting but there are plenty of snook chasing small lures.

King George whiting have been caught around Thistle Island, North Shields and Louth Bay. Berley is a must and squid baits have been the standout.

North Shields has been good for a mixed bag of yellowfin whiting, flathead to 50 centimetres and salmon to 3kg. Offshore has seen some good catches of nannygai, blue morwong and samson fish. Lumps around Thistle, Williams and farther south have been popular when the wind allows.

The national park surf beaches are producing salmon to 4kg on metal lures and brined pilchards.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

Good catches of King George whiting to 45cm have been reported from Arno. There are also some nice squid and a few rugger snapper on the shallow grounds.

Tumby Bay

Tumby marina has been producing salmon trout, tommies and some nice zebra fish on the incoming tide.

The jetty has been good for squid and snook later in the day.


There are still a few snapper being caught out in deeper water and plenty of yellowfin whiting inside the harbour.