Plenty biting during break

BIG ONE: Armani Allington with a nice samson fish caught on board GT Fishing Charters. Photo: GT Fishing Charters

BIG ONE: Armani Allington with a nice samson fish caught on board GT Fishing Charters. Photo: GT Fishing Charters

After a bit of a break, there is plenty to report in the local fishing scene. Here's what was biting and where.

WEST COAST

Mulloway reports from around the Dog Fence have still be good, but a few groups at Yalata struggled to lose baits at times. It seems like the weather has a lot to play in whether the fish are feeding or not.

King George whiting reports in all of the bays up the coast have been good. Fishing the tide changes or late afternoon has given the best results with good quality baits like cockles and squid.

There are also lots of squid, silver trevally, tommies and garfish to be caught up and down the coast and there are still a few flathead to 48cm being caught on soft plastics.

Salmon are in good numbers on the surf beaches. Locks Well, Elliston and Talia have all been good for salmon to 4KG and some gummy sharks at night.

Tuna have been reported in close and out wider, but they are still mostly 4-5kg and hard to get close to.

COFFIN BAY

King George Whiting have been caught to 35cm, but as usual, there are a lot of undersized fish in the bay.

Close to town and throughout the bay, there are plenty of other options for a good feed. Salmon trout, snook, gummy sharks and some good sized garfish have been reported for those looking to fish a bit differently.

Farm beach has the same sort of fish in good numbers, along with plenty of squid over the shallow weed beds.

Some nice Flathead are still being caught on the sand flats, soft plastics and shallow diving minnows have been working well. Almonta/Gunyah has been good for salmon to 5kg, but be wary of driving on the sand, as it is very soft in places.

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 reports have dried up with only a few caught whilst randomly trolling around the coast. Almonta and Gunyah beaches have been fishing well for Salmon with plenty of good gutters along the beach.

Offshore at Rocky and Greenly there have been some excellent numbers of big kingfish and samson fish caught on jigs. No tuna reports from out there so far.

PORT LINCOLN

Squid, King George whiting, tommies and garfish have been around in good numbers for land based anglers around town. The Town Jetty and Wharf have been the most consistent spots.

Fishing early morning or late in the afternoon with Goolwa cockles or squid baits has been productive. Other spots to try are Murrays Point, Snooks Landing and Billy Lights.

For boaties, Boston and Proper bays are firing for King George whiting to 45cm, some big garfish, lots of squid, sweep, salmon and silver trevally. Louth Bay has produced some good bags of King George whiting, big garfish and lots of big squid over the last few weeks.

Schools of salmon to 5kg have been reported along the Sleaford to Wanna coast. Metal lures or brined pilchards have been the better options here.

Schools of bluefin tuna have been reported around the bay and most areas between Taylors and Tumby.

These tuna are between 4-15kg and a few were caught on small diving minnows or metal lures trolled or cast at schools late in the afternoon.

Offshore, there are still plenty of big nannygai, blue morwong and gummy sharks being caught on most reefs. Once again, tuna have been hard to find out wide.

Blue swimmer crabs are still hard work, better tides and warmer weather should fire them up shortly.

TUMBY BAY

Squid, tommies, slimeys, snook and salmon trout have all been caught from around the jetty and out in the bay.

The Group, has King George whiting to 50cm, big snook and squid, silver trevally and plenty of tommies, as well as a few tuna sightings. SA cockles or fresh squid have been the best baits for the bigger whiting.

PORT NEILL/ARNO BAY

King George whiting, squid, snook, garfish and tommies have been caught by boaties. Good numbers of 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.