Plenty of catches at Port Lincoln

GOT IT: Flynn Webb shows a nice flathead that he caught on a surface lure. Photo: Supplied

GOT IT: Flynn Webb shows a nice flathead that he caught on a surface lure. Photo: Supplied

I know it is not unusual for us to have an odd number of tide changes here on Eyre Peninsula, but on Sunday we actually had five tide changes - that is not something I had seen before.

Here's what was biting and where.

West Coast

Salmon fishing along the West Coast continues to improve, with Locks Well and Convention being the pick of the beaches.

Gummys and bronze whalers have been caught from beaches after dark up and down the coast as well.

In the bays, garfish, snook, salmon trout, tommies, silver trevally and flathead have been caught from jetties and boats.

Offshore has seen plenty of tuna caught in the three to 15 kilogram range, plus samsonfish and kingfish to 1.3 metres and plenty of reef species.

Coffin Bay

King George whiting are still best around town or out from Farm Beach, while Dutton Bay has good numbers of garfish, snook, and a few King George whiting.

The ledge has been producing flathead, salmon trout, undersized King George whiting and garfish.

If trolling lures, there have been a few reports of tailor in the area, so heavy leaders might be a good idea.

The rest of the bay has seen garfish everywhere, followed closely by snook and salmon, while gummys and bronzies have been landed by boaties around reefy areas on salmon or tommy baits.

Offshore conditions have been great and so has the fishing. Tuna are starting to appear around Sir Isaacs and are consistent around Greenly and the Hummocks.

The Hummocks has also produced some nice kingfish, samsonfish and big bronze whalers on jigs and live baits.

Port Lincoln

The town jetty has been producing plenty of catches in the past fortnight, with garfish up to 45 centimetres, big, fat mullet, squid, tommies, blue swimmer crabs and King George whiting to 40cm being reported.

The best fishing has been late afternoon or after dark, but don't use too much berley as there are some big schools of trumpeters around.

The wharf area has been similar. Squid, tommies, salmon trout, silver trevally, sweep and a few good-sized King George whiting have been landed and we had reports of some large fish busting up on the surface over the weekend.

Other good spots around town have been Billy Lights and Stenross - garfish, snook, King George whiting and plenty of squid have been reported.

Tuna reports have been mostly from Rosalind Shoal and the Cabbage Patch. Rosalind seems to be holding lots of tuna between five and 20kg, while the patch has been mostly small fish.

Small lures have been working, but divers like the Speed Donkey or Halcos with lots of chrome on them have been the most effective.

Tumby Bay

King George whiting continue to be found in good numbers on the hospital grounds and out at the Group.

There have also been squid, garfish and silver trevally in most areas, and not far behind the garfish are the snook.

The town jetty and beaches north and south of Tumby Bay have been producing yellowfin whiting, garfish, flathead and tommies on baits and lures.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

Arno Bay has seen big numbers of garfish caught from the beaches and by boaties.

The squid seemed to be quiet this week, but black jigs with green eyes have been proving effective when the tide is moving.


Inside the harbour we had reports of flathead, yellowfin whiting and some blue swimmer crabs being caught.