Big catches before Xmas

PLENTY: Bradley and Sienna Reynolds with their squid catches from the caravan park jetty in Port Lincoln. Photo: supplied

PLENTY: Bradley and Sienna Reynolds with their squid catches from the caravan park jetty in Port Lincoln. Photo: supplied

From the team at Spot On, we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and new years. Here's what was biting and where.

WEST COAST

We are still getting good mulloway reports from around the Dog Fence and Yalata areas. Salmon or squid have been the better baits. King George whiting to 38cm have been reported in all bays up the coast. It seems when the wind slows down, there are plenty of fish to be caught. Streaky Bay had the best reports this week.

There are also plenty of squid, silver trevally, tommies and garfish. Cockles or squid have been the best baits with plenty of berley.

Salmon continue to be caught surf beaches like Locks Well, Elliston and Talia. Tuna should be available along most of the coast as there have been a few reported sightings not far from shore in a couple of areas.

COFFIN BAY

King George whiting have been caught in most parts of the bay. You do not have to go far from town to catch good salmon trout, snook, gummy Sharks and a few whiting.

There are lots of big Rays in the bay, so have plenty of spare rigs with you. Kingfish, garfish, salmon trout, and snook are also being caught in parts of the bay.

Offshore, the reef fishing continues to fire. Large nannygai, blue morwong and gummy sharks have been caught while drifting over reefs with jigs and baits.

Tuna have been reported inside point Sir Isaacs. Estimates have been around the 15kg mark. A local charter operator has caught tuna to around 17Kg a bit further out, so they are arriving.

Just follow the birds and troll a mix of skirts and divers. Almonta and Gunyah beaches have been fishing well for salmon with plenty of good gutters along the beach.

CATCH: KIng George whiting have been caught in most parts of Coffin Bay. Photo: file

CATCH: KIng George whiting have been caught in most parts of Coffin Bay. Photo: file

PORT LINCOLN

Squid and King George whiting continue to be good for land based anglers around town. The town jetty and wharf have provided plenty of good feeds for those fishing early morning or late in the afternoon.

Murray's Point has seen some good catches of trevally, King George whiting and some good tommies. North Shields and the coast along Proper Bay has also been producing plenty of good squid. For boaties, Boston and Proper bays are firing for King George whiting to 45cm. They seem to be spread out everywhere, just like the squid.

There are also some big snook, plenty of salmon, big tommies and schools of small tuna in the bay. Best areas for whiting have been the monument, and between Stenross and the north shore.

Tuna were reported between Carcase and Thistle Island in the passage. Fish to about 15kg have been sighted. For something different, I saw a hammerhead shark in Boston Bay, so there may be a few of those around, and there have been reports of a few mulloway being caught in the Marina.

TUMBY BAY

Squid, tommies, slimeys, snook and salmon trout have all been caught from around the Jetty and Marina this week. The Group has King George whiting to 45cm, big snook and squid, silver trevally and plenty of tommies.

SA cockles have been the go to bait for a few anglers that have caught some of the bigger whiting.

PORT NEILL/ARNO BAY

King George whiting, squid, snook, garfish and tommies have been caught by boaties. Some good squid and tommies have been caught from the jetties.

COWELL

Inside the harbour there have been yellowfin whiting, garfish and a few tommies. Outside the harbour there are King George whiting, tommies, garfish and snook.