Port Lincoln Fishing Report

Port Lincoln Fishing Report 15 March 2018    

Blue Swimmer Crabs and South Easterly winds have been the talk of the town this week. Hopefully one of them sticks around and the other one leaves us alone. Don’t forget to submit your fishing photos to us for a chance to win a fishing package valued at over $200. Now for what was biting and where

West Coast

The whiting fishing along the west coast has been tough according to most reports. Many fish are undersized and need to be returned to the water. The good news is that there are plenty of other species to chase. The Garfish and squid fishing has been good and the Salmon are starting to appear on the surf beaches. Offshore continues with a good run of Samson Fish and Tuna around the islands and lumps.

Coffin Bay

Close to town has been fishing well for King George Whiting, Flathead, Garfish & some Snook. Offshore has been hit and miss for Tuna this week. They are there, but can be hanging deep some days, so if you are chasing them, it may pay to take some pilchard berley with you to bring them up. Some big Samsons and Kingfish were caught during the week. We have heard of a couple of Samsons over 150cm and one lucky angler landed a kingfish that went 161cm. Most of the usual lumps are holding fish, jigging and live baits are the best options. Nannygai are around in good numbers for bottom bouncing in the Sir Isaacs area. A few Snapper are still being caught on the reefs along with Silver Trevally and the odd Blue Morwong.

Port Lincoln

Blue Swimmer Crabs are pretty much everywhere around town. For shore based crabbing, the Town Jetty and Wharf areas are producing big, heavy male crabs in good numbers. Boaties can drop pots in Proper, Porter, Louth or Boston bays and almost guarantee a good feed. Pilchards seem to be the best bait at the moment, but anything oily or smelly should work. The wharf area has had a good mixture of fish during the week. Big Tommies, Garfish, Snook, Squid and some slimy mackerel. A couple of whiting have also been landed from the wharf with squid being the best bait. Proper bay has been fishing well for King George Whiting, most are in the mid 30’s, but there are still a few that are undersized.

The town jetty has been producing lots of large crabs on most days. They go quiet around the top and bottom of the tides, but while the water is moving, they are fairly active. At night, there are plenty of small to medium sized Tommies, Snook and Squid around as well. During the day there have been a few nice Yellowfin and King George Whiting landed as well. The foreshore has been producing some nice garfish and yellowfin whiting between the town jetty and Stenross museum. Gents for the garfish and clickers or bloodworms for the yellowfin are the best baits. Offshore has been fairly quiet this week. A couple of reports of Tuna and a few Samson fish from the cabbage patch has been it.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

Squid and the odd cuttlefish have been our only reports from Port Neill this week. There should be Snook and Garfish around the jetty area at night as well. Arno has been good for King George Whiting on squid and cockles.

Tumby Bay

The group has been fishing well for King George Whiting in deeper water. Squid has been the standout bait. There are also plenty of nice squid, Garfish and a few Snook in the area. Around town there have been a few rugger snapper caught around the reefs, and a mixture of fish caught in the marina channel. From the jetty, the usual Squid, Snook and Garfish are around in good numbers.

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