West Coast surf beaches good for salmon schools

Here's what was biting and where across the region.


Most surf beaches have been holding small to medium-sized schools of salmon between two to four kilograms, with Talia and Gallipoli also good areas to try.

A few groups are getting in early chasing mulloway up and down the coast.

There have not been any reports yet, but it will not be long before we start to hear of a few being caught.

The popular bays have been fishing well for King George whiting to 35 centimetres, garfish, squid and salmon trout.


The Farm Beach to Sir Isaacs area continues to hold good numbers of King George whiting to 40cm, squid, garfish, silver trevally, salmon and snook.

Out a bit wider, big nannygai continue to put a smile on most anglers faces when they drop squid heads or jigs down around the reefs.

There are also plenty of school and gummy sharks and a few samsonfish being caught on the same rigs.

Some boats have reported large snapper in the area as well, but with the ban still in place if you come across these schools, it is best to move on to another lump.

Inside the bay continues to hold large numbers of salmon trout, a few garfish and squid.

Almonta/Gunyah beach has had lots of schools of salmon along the beach.

Metal lures like the Samaki Torpedo in 40-85 grams have been very effective on them.


King George whiting have been caught in good numbers to 38cm in the Proper and along the north shore.

There are also plenty of squid being caught in these areas and the town jetty.

Bright coloured jigs with a rattle and warm cloth have been deadly in the cold water early morning or late afternoon.

Other good areas to look for King George whiting have been between September Beach and Thistle Island.

Cockles or local prawn baits with a bit of berley have been accounting for some good bags of fish.

For those chasing garfish, salmon trout, silver trevally or mullet, good areas to try have been around Louth Bay, Boston Bay and Proper Bay.


Close to Tumby there have been some good captures of King George whiting, squid, mullet, yellowfin whiting and garfish.

The town jetty and beaches have seen plenty of nice squid, some yellowfin whiting, mullet, garfish and salmon trout being caught.

The Group continues to fire for King George whiting to 45cm, big squid, garfish, silver trevally and salmon.

Squid and cockles have been the best bait options.


Garfish, squid and mullet were reported from the beaches and jetties.

King George whiting and plenty of squid were caught by boaties.