Port Lincoln Fishing Report

Port Lincoln Fishing Report  19 July  2018    

Despite some extreme weather this week, plenty of anglers ventured out and found fish. It is a great time of year to be out there with plenty of different species to target. Don’t forget to send us your photos for this month’s photo competition, there may be a $100 gift voucher with your name on it if you submit the best fishing related photo for the month. Drop the in store, email or on facebook. Now for what was biting and where:

West Coast

Salmon on the surf beaches have been the main target. The prize fish for the Salmon comp is getting bigger with rumours of one over 5KG being weighed in recently. Locks Well and MtCamel beaches have been where the bigger fish have been caught.

Coffin Bay

Dutton Bay has had reports of some good sized garfish throughout the bay, along with some good numbers of mixed sized King George Whiting. The ledge has seen anglers do well catching flathead, salmon trout, and the odd King George whiting. Boaties venturing offshore managed to bag some good numbers of blue morwong, gummy & school sharks, and the odd mixed sized snapper.

Port Lincoln

Flathead catches are in full swing with some great success to be had for anglers willing to give some time and effort. The best locations stretch along the beaches between the Lincoln national park, right through to Tumby Bay. Land based anglers working soft plastics along the shoreline did well most days, with some even managing to sight fish for some big flatties. 

Salmon were a popular species to target along the Sleaford to Wanna coastline with most anglers doing well. Some fish were allegedly pushing the 5-kilogram range, with most averaging from 2 to 3 kilograms. Squid are in good numbers throughout Proper bay, town jetty, North shore, North shields, and billy lights boat ramp. Small bright coloured good quality jigs are working best when the water is a bit dirty. Decent snapper over 5 kilograms were caught from Buffalo reef for boaties putting in hard time, most fish however, averaged around the 40cm mark. Boaties after King George Whiting did well fishing Taylors island, and Louth Island. The bloodworm run should have happened this week, so the whiting fishing should improve over the next few weeks.

Most other areas are very hit and miss for the Whiting. Look for hard bottom and cork weed for the best chance of success and use some berley. Red Mullet may be a nuisance, but if you are catching them, you are in the right area. Yellowfin whiting remain to hold in decent schools along the town foreshore area, with most being held up at the Limani motel. Yellowfin fishermen are doing best using natural baits such as worms or clickers. Fish are being very fussy and wont bite all the time, but for patient anglers a good feed of fish can still be caught.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

One or 2 boats ventured out to the wrecks, but only managed to catch a couple of undersized Snapper. Underwater footage showed plenty of bait and long lines that had been cut off, but no Snapper.

In closer, there are Whiting, Garfish, Snook and Squid to be caught both land based and from boats.

Tumby Bay

The Group has had boaties do well chasing King George whiting, with most fish being well over the legal size. The town jetty also proved a reliable spot to try for anglers chasing squid.


Yellowfin whiting are still in the area for those willing to source Nippers or seaweed worms.

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