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Wednesday 14th December 2017
The temperature is heating up and so is the fishing, there’s plenty happening out on the water this week and here’s what has been caught.

The Far West
There’s been some really big Mulloway caught on the beaches west of Ceduna, now most areas are fishing really well and you don’t have to go all the way up to Yalata, some of the closer beaches have some good fish. There is Salmon at some areas and quite a few Sharks and some are really big ones. Offshore Tuna can be expected from here and all the way down to Port Lincoln now but most fish are all under 15kg.

The only news that we got from the area from the last week is at Talia Beach where you can find some Salmon and also Sharks from the beach.

Coffin Bay
The usual fish can be expected if fishing around the bays, Salmon Trout, Tommies, Garfish, Snook and some Whiting. The Ledge has had some good reports of Whiting and also some from Seal Corner.

From 12 noon on Friday you can fish for Snapper here and fingers crossed there will be some around, but be me mindful that they may still be spawning and that they won’t be the best eating.

Farm Beach has Whiting in many areas and generally most fish are of legal size so there shouldn’t be too many problems getting a feed out there, there are some good Garfish around there as well.

Off shore its really starting to look up now and it will only get better week after week. Tuna have been sighted quite close to shore out from Point Sir Isaac’s and have been caught from many of Islands in the area but the size of the fish are small so far.

Kingfish are also showing up in numbers in some areas so there will be some good fishing for those that come across them. The bottom fishing in the area has been good with plenty of Nannygai and some really big ones. School Sharks and Gummy Sharks have also been caught. Salmon news came from Gunyah Beach, Convention Beach and Greenly Beach and most fish are in the 2-3kg mark. Many of these beaches also have Sharks at night for those that want a feed of flake.

Port Lincoln
The big news at the moment is the Tuna that have shown up around McLarens Point. There are 2 schools of fish there and Tuna have been even been reported as close as the entrance of Spalding Cove. The Tuna have proven to be hard to catch and are only seem to be taking small lures. One lure that has been getting the Tuna is the Arma Radico 40gm in the White Bait colour, the size of the Tuna are 15kg and smaller. This is good news for those with smaller boats and hopefully the Tuna stay around for a while.

The bays are alive with fish at the moment, there’s heaps of birds working schools of bait fish which have Salmon and Snook chasing the bait fish. From the jetties there’s quite a good variety of fish. Whiting, Garfish, Snook, Salmon, Mackerel, Tommies and Squid can all be caught. Small Kingfish are also around the jetties and can also be found in the Marina and along the coast towards Tulka.

For those that like to fish early mornings there are some very big Whiting from rocks towards Tulka on the high tides. These fish are all over the 40cm mark but you do need to be up and fishing well before the sun rises. Yellowfin Whiting have been caught from the beaches at Louth Bay up to Peake Bay but not yet in big numbers but enough for a good feed. The boat fishers have been getting some Whiting, Garfish, Snook, Salmon, Squid and Blue Crabs in the bays and the fish can be found in many different areas throughout the system.

Further north Louth Bay has Whiting, Garfish and Squid and down south Thistle and Taylors you will find some good Whiting. In the deeper water Nannygai, Blue Morwong, Sharks, Samson Fish and Tuna are all be on the menu when venturing down south and Snapper will also be targeted from noon on Friday the 15th.

Tumby Bay
The jetty has had some Yellowfin Whiting and also the surrounding beaches have these fish. Squid are also being caught from the jetty along with Snook. The Group has been good for Whiting with some very good reports coming from Splisby Island. Snook and Squid aren’t too hard to find here.

Port Neill/Arno Bay
The main reports from this area have come from the beaches for Yellowfin Whiting and some beaches have plenty these fish and good bags have been caught very quickly. King George Whiting are there for the boaties along with Garfish, Snook and Squid and from Friday a lot of fishers will be up there for Snapper. Hopefully this season will much better than the last.

The Snapper closure ends this Friday at noon but there will be a spartial closure on 5 key aggregation sites where you must not fish for Snapper until the 1st February. Check the PIRSA website for further details.

This week’s photos are courtesy of:

Archie Coote: Archie & Jamie have recently been doing land based fishing and have been coming up with plenty of great fish including Yellowfin Whiting, Tommies & Snook.
Brandon Pettit: A nice 35cm Bream caught at the Marina.

The weather is looking pretty good for the weekend, lets hope you can get out and get some Tuna. Don’t forget we have the fishing photo competition each month and you go in the draw to win a Tackle World Gift Voucher!

Happy Fishing!
TW Port Lincoln Team