Port Lincoln Fishing Report
Port Lincoln Fishing Report 24 May 2018
The weather has been great this week for those willing to put up with the cool temperatures and the fish have been very cooperative in most areas. This is a great time of year to target some of our best eating species from the shore or local bays, so get out amongst them.
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Now for what was biting and where
Offshore boaties reported Bight redfish, Gummy sharks, and Tuna. Reports came from many locations spreading from Point Sir Isaac, right through to rocky Island with fish being caught on many offshore lumps. The good run of big whiting seems to have ended, but there are plenty of legal fish to be caught around the ledge and in front of town from the jetties.
Squid are biting well from all bays in Port Lincoln and surrounding areas. Some big squid were caught with a tube length of over 50cm! they were biting at all times of the day and night, however seemed to bite best early in the morning or late afternoon. White or black squid jigs seemed to return the best results.
The foreshore has seen plenty of action with land-based anglers targeting Yellowfin whiting. Fish seem to be of decent size and in good numbers providing you are able to find a school. Fish were biting from the silos right along the foreshore through to the Limani motel. Yellowfin were also reported caught around North Shields, Port Neill, Arno bay, and Cowell.
Rat Kingfish are being caught from many locations around our local bays, biting for both land based and boat anglers. Fish size seemed to be common around the 40-60cm mark, however the odd larger fish up to 1 metre were sighted, but not caught. The proper bay, Boston Bay, and Tumby bay all had reports of Kingfish in the area.
Boaties fishing along the North shore reported some slob King George Whiting up to around 45cm. squid were also caught very quickly for boaties drifting along the North Shore.
Boaties fishing Proper bay reported King George Whiting around Tulka, Murrays point, Spalding cove, and Monument. Fish size averaged above legal size with plenty caught around the 40cm mark. Thistle Island seemed to be on the quieter side if fishing for Whiting, with boaties struggling to find decent numbers of fish in any one location.
The Cabbage patch has plenty of football sized Tuna averaging around 5 kilograms, with the off 7kg fish caught. Baitfish were plentiful throughout the area and tuna were caught regularly.
Lincoln national park had been fishing well for Salmon between Sleaford to Wanna. Most fish were caught from Millers Hole and closer towards Wanna. Schools are remaining in the area, generally close enough to the shoreline to cast a line towards.
Great sized flathead are starting to show in decent numbers from many of the beaches spreading from the Lincoln national park, right through to Port Neill. Soft plastic lures are working well if targeting Flathead, with many anglers having success during the past week.
Port Neill/Arno Bay
There are still plenty of Snapper around. They seem to be moving around a lot, so be prepared to use your sounder and look around the usual reefs and wrecks to find them. Whiting, Snook, Garfish and Yellowfin whiting are being caught around the towns as well as a few flathead.
Boaties fishing the Group remain to struggle in finding decent numbers of King George whiting, however some decent squid were reported all around the group as well as the town jetty.
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