Port Lincoln Fishing Report

Port Lincoln Fishing Report 14 December 2017

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Tuna are the talk of the town this week. Bluefin Tuna have been spotted around the wharf area, and from Point Donnington down to Cape Catastrophe. They are only small, but still a great prospect for boaties with tinnies and smaller trailer boats that normally can’t access these great fish.

Now for what was biting and where

West Coast -
Mulloway have been caught by numerous anglers in most areas. Fish frpm 40 to 70lb have been caught and released with some lucky/experienced anglers landing a fish a cast during some sessions. But there are also days where no fish are being caught. Weather and tides are a big influence on the fishing up there.

Coffin Bay -

Plenty of the usual 29.5cm King George Whiting are about, so make sure that you measure your fish and allow for shrinkage when they are put on ice. There have been a few whiting and squid caught around the town jetties with the odd silver trevally, tommy ruff and salmon trout thrown in.

Farm Beach whiting fishing has been fairly slow during the slow tides, but should pick up again with bigger tides and some warmer weather. Offshore has seen good numbers of Blue Morwong, Gummy Sharks,  Nannygai and Whiting caught.

Bluefin Tuna have been caught in amongst schools of Kingfish around the Hummocks, Rocky & Greenly Islands on small skirts, lures and jigs. Darker coloured lures have been performing the best with purple being the most consistent.

Port Lincoln –

Schools of Tuna have been spotted around the wharf area, and from Point Donnington to Cape Catastrophe. They look to average about 7Kg and are hard to get a boat near without having them disappear, but a few have been caught on small lures. Try lures that you would normally use for Salmon like the Samaki Torpedo, Shimano Colt Sniper or Spanyid Raider in 40 – 60 grams. The McLarens Point and Carcase rock area are where most of the sightings have been.

Thistle Island has been fishing well for some big whiting in 2 – 10 meters of water. Closer to town, try the town jetty or wharf areas for whiting to 40cm. Cockles and squid are the best baits.

Offshore has seen plenty of Samson Fish, Kingfish and Nannygai caught by anglers jigging or dropping squid baits down on the reefs. Rat Kingfish in the 40-50cm range have been landed around the marina, North shore, Tulka and the caravan park jetty. There are bigger kingfish around, but most anglers are undergunned for the 80-90cm kingies from the shore.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

The whiting fishing has been good for boaties. Whiting to 40cm have been caught in the usual areas.

Snapper season opens on Friday at noon, so expect plenty of boats to head out if the weather is good.

Tumby Bay
The Tumby marina continues to fish well for a mixed bag of fish. The group is fishing well for whiting, squid and a few garfish.


Blue Swimmer crabs continue to do well, as do the yellowfin whiting.




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