Conditions pose challenge

CAUGHT: Bricky Peak with a big silver drummer caught on whiting gear. Photo: Supplied

CAUGHT: Bricky Peak with a big silver drummer caught on whiting gear. Photo: Supplied

South easterly winds, a full moon and big ocean swells have made the fishing tough this week. Here's what was biting and where.


Reports from Venus Bay include King George whiting to 33 centimetres, good numbers of squid, tommys, salmon trout and trevally. Beaches along the coast are holding salmon to three kilograms.

Salted pilchard baits and gold twistys have proven effective. Gummy sharks are being caught in the bays and inlets or from surf beaches at night on salmon or squid baits. Tuna are in good numbers not far from the coast from Streaky Bay to Ceduna.


King George whiting are in good numbers, but are mostly undersized. Fishing shallow water later in the day or after dark has been the best way to get some legal sized fish.

The jetties around town are holding plenty of squid, silver trevally, tommies, salmon trout and garfish.

For boaties, the bay is holding gummy sharks and plenty of eagle rays. There are also King George whiting to 32cm, tommies, salmon trout, garfish, snook and flathead being caught.

Farm Beach has been a bit quiet this week, but there are still good numbers of squid, tommies and garfish for boaties to chase.

The King George whiting seem to be holding in either really shallow or more than eight metres of water. Late afternoon or during the night has been the best time with the full moon affecting the day time fishing.

Offshore has been hit and miss. Areas like Rocky, Greenly and The Hummocks have produced tuna, kingfish and samson fish some days, but have been hard going on others days.

Water temperatures and swell have been affecting the fishing. Deep divers and big jigs have been accounting for most of the fish that were caught offshore this week.

There are schools of nannygai and swallowtail on most reefs. Baits have been out fishing jigs this week, probably due to the moon and big swells.


King George whiting have been best after dark in Proper, Boston and Louth bays. Best areas to chase them during the day have been Thistle Island and Taylors.

Squid have started to slow down a bit, but good quality, small jigs will still get you a feed. Big garfish, tommies and snook are being caught around town and in Proper and Louth bays.

Blue swimmer crabs have been caught in most areas. Look for warmer water and areas where the tide moves fast to increase your catch rate. Offshore has been tough. Water temperatures are still low at Thistle, Williams and beyond.

This has made tuna hard to find. Some boaties have headed out to Low Rocks, but there is no guarantee. Luckily there are some good schools of nannygai on the deeper reefs to make the trip worth the effort.


The Group has been fishing well for King George whiting to 40cm, big squid, big garfish and plenty of tommies and silver trevally. Trolling diving lures for snook has also been effective around most of the Islands.

Tumby jetty has been fishing well for squid, garfish, tommies and silver trevally. Late afternoon, after the high tide has been the best time.

The same mix of fish are also in the marina channel, so flicking a diving lure or soft plastic in there is a good way to catch a feed.

Yellowfin whiting have been reported along the foreshore and Ski Beach. Clickers, worms and poppers have accounted for a few fish.


King George whiting, tommies, big squid, garfish and snook have all been caught from the jetties and by boaties when the wind allows them to get out.


A few yellowfin whiting were reported in the harbour. Blue swimmer crabs have been consistent, but are getting smaller and lighter.

Outside the harbour there have been King George whiting, tommies and silver trevally for boaties to chase.