Garfish a popular catch across Eyre Peninsula this week

BIG CATCH: Callum Ferguson displays a tuna he caught during a trip with GT Fishing Charters this week. Photo: GT Fishing Charters
BIG CATCH: Callum Ferguson displays a tuna he caught during a trip with GT Fishing Charters this week. Photo: GT Fishing Charters

Here is what was biting and where across Eyre Peninsula.

West Coast

Salmon, flathead, tommies and gummy sharks have been reported from the surf beaches along the coast - late afternoon is best.

Reports from Venus Bay and Streaky Bay have been about how good the fishing is at the moment, with lots of garfish, tommies, King George whiting, silver trevally and salmon trout caught by boaties and from the jetties.

Offshore is still firing, with some good hauls of nannygai, plenty of tuna to about 10 kilograms, and samsonfish and kingfish on most reefs.

Coffin Bay

King George whiting seem to be on the improve, with fish to 35 centimetres being caught in many areas throughout the bay - the best reports have come from around Dutton Bay and Black Springs.

Most of the bay is full of garfish at the moment so they have been a prime target, but other options are gummys and bronze whalers, silver trevally, salmon trout and flathead.

Farm Beach is still holding King George whiting to 40cm in the deeper water, plus squid, tommies and garfish.

Up around Coles Point there have been some good gummy sharks landed late in the afternoon on salmon and tommy baits.

There has been plenty of action offshore, with great weather seeing plenty of boats get out and find some of the schools of tuna that seem to be everywhere.

There are bluefin from about one kilogram to about 15kg, with speed donkeys the best performing lure right now.

On the reefs, there are some good-sized nannygai and plenty of kingfish and samsonfish being caught on jigs and live baits.

Port Lincoln

Schools of salmon to about one kilogram have been busting up on baitfish most afternoons around the back of Billy Lights and down to Grantham.

Garfish are almost everywhere, with the best areas being the jetty, wharf, Stenross and Spalding Cove.

King George whiting to 40cm have been caught around the wharf, town jetty, Horse Rock, Woodcutters, the S Bends, and along the north shore.

Please remember that the bigger whiting are starting their breeding cycle, so any over 40cm is a female that is likely to be full of eggs.

Other fish to chase around town are squid, salmon trout, tommies, snook and sweep.

Flathead have been caught from most beaches on soft plastics and pilchards, with the national park and north shore the most productive areas.

Nannygai have been caught to 50cm offshore and in the passage on jigs and baits.

Tuna to 10kg are still around in some areas, with the Cabbage Patch the most consistent.

There are also samsonfish, kingfish and nannygai being caught on jigs and live baits.

Tumby Bay

The Group has been consistent for King George whiting to 45cm, squid, big snook and silver trevally.

In the bay there have has been some good catches of King George whiting, tommies, squid and garfish, while flathead and a few yellowfin whiting have been caught from the local beaches on surface poppers and soft plastics.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

King George whiting, big snook and garfish have been reported by boaties from Port Neill.

Squid, tommies and garfish have been caught from the jetties late in the afternoon.


The crabs have gone quiet, but there are good numbers of yellowfin whiting and a few big flathead in the harbour.

Outside the harbour has been good for squid, tommies, garfish and salmon trout.