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Port Augusta Fishing Guide January / February

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JANUARY

Blue swimmer crabs. January is usually the beginning of the second run of large Blue Swimmer Crabs here at Port Augusta. November and December saw huge numbers of smaller crabs. Good sign for the future? Should still be able to catch a feed but this year is slightly different as it always is. Early catches have been around the old Power Station site in the channel, you will find more larger Crabs gradually showing up southwards as the year progresses.

At low tide you can walk and rake for them at places like Port Paterson, Chinaman Creek and Miranda on the eastern side of the gulf or along the front of the shacks on the western side of the gulf. If you are boating use drop nets from the boat. Remember 3 x Double Ringed Crab Nets per boat, legal size is 11cm.

The Trumpeter still rules supreme in the deeper waters forcing many fishers to try in the shallows for fish such as Silver Whiting, Tommies and Garfish.

In deeper waters try in 3-4m at the end of the outgoing tide in a sandy or white bottom. You might pick up some Salmon, Tommies and Flathead and with the odd King George Whiting. Once the tide starts running again the Trumpeters will take over.

FEBRUARY

Still usually plenty of Crabs here at Port Augusta with February being the best month of the year typically. Fishing here at Port Augusta in February is much the same as January. Plenty of hot days and the Trumpeter still very much the dominant player. Worth a try for a few King George Whiting at the end of February at the end of each tidal run in the very white holes throughout the Upper Spencer Gulf. February is my preferred month to target Silver Whiting in the shallows and you can also catch, Salmon Trout, Garfish and Tommies.

Try finding a good tidal creek and work your way out of the mangroves as the tide goes out, fish in anything from 1.5m of water to 30cm. Some of the largest Silver Whiting love to hang back in the 30cm of water. At low tide you can also pick up a feed of Razorfish off the banks. Remember the limit of 25 per person.

Snook are also about this time of the year and one can usually score a feed of Snook trolling a lure above weed beds in about 2-4m of water. One drawback here is surface weed, if there is a lot of surface weed don’t bother.

You may well still pick up the odd larger Yellowtail Kingfish if you have a big rod ready with a lure or live bait. Keep an eye out for Rat Kingfish as each year we often see a larger number of these turn up around the likes of the Whyalla rail bridge or circling the many navigation beacons throughout the gulf.

Good luck and hope you all have tight lines.