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Port Augusta Fishing Guide January / February

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JANUARY

Usually, January is the beginning of the second run of large Blue Swimmer Crabs here at Port Augusta. Through December there was a huge increase in the smaller 6-7cm size Crabs. Should still be able to catch a feed but this year is slightly different as it always is. From about the old Power Station southwards is the best area.

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.

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 with February being one of the best months of the year. 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. I usually try to find a good tidal creek and work my 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.

There should still be plenty of the smaller rat Kingfish about and the odd larger Yellowtail Kingfish mixed in with these so have the big rod and reel rigged and ready to cast out if you see one.

Good luck and hope you all have tight lines.