Port Lincoln Fishing Report

Port Lincoln Fishing Report  16 November 2018    


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Our first reports of Tuna have started to come in. We are also hearing about the number of Blue Swimmer Crabs increasing, with a few being raked out in Proper Bay.

Now for what was biting and where

West Coast

Most anglers heading up past Ceduna are getting 1 or 2 nice Mulloway per group. Most fish are 25 pounds or under, but there have been a few nice fish caught. Squid baits seem to be the most productive and the best times are when a storm front is coming through. There hasn’t been much heat up there yet, so the fishing may even improve. Ceduna has had some big Blue Swimmer Crabs caught in good numbers. Try the Davenport Creek area for the big Blueys.

Coffin Bay

Offshore has been productive for Nannygai, with anglers using jigs coming out in front of bait while drifting. Yamashita “Golden Bait” jigs proved very effective on the reef species this week. Inside Coffins there has been the usual run of just under and just over legal sized KGW caught by both boaties and shore-based anglers. Garfish have started.

Port Lincoln

King George Whiting in Proper Bay have been caught in reasonable numbers. Watch the size though, as there are a lot of small fish around. Good news for the next few years, but some areas have nothing but undersized fish, while other areas are holding fish to 40cm. Squid baits have proven most effective along with a bit of berley.

The area between Taylors and the northern end of Thistle Island continues to fish well for KGW between 35 and 45cm. There are also some Silver Trevally in the area and some are up close to the 2Kg mark. That is some great fun on light gear, and they are great sashimi too! There have been a couple of reports of Tuna around Liggy and out at the Cabbage Patch. Sounds like they are only small, but it is a start.

Blue Swimmer Crabs have been caught in Proper Bay. During the day, drop your nets in the deeper water, but they are coming in shallow after dark.

Kingfish have been sighted and hooked in the Marina, and up around Point Boston. Sleaford to Wanna continues to provide great sport on the Salmon. There have been some very large schools in close, so make sure you stock up on lures if you head down there. Squid have been caught in almost every area around town. Mostly small sizes, but there are lots of them.

Port Neill/Arno Bay

KGW are going well in the shallow water.

Tumby Bay

In the marina and around the jetty, there have been Kingfish, big Snook, Squid and a few Garfish caught. King George Whiting have been caught in good numbers out at the group. Average size has been around 40cm, so there are some quality whiting out there at the moment.


Blue Swimmer Crabs are around in great numbers.

Yellowfin Whiting have also been caught on surface poppers in the shallows.

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