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Port Augusta Fishing Guide January / February

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JANUARY

There seems to be an influx of farmed Kingfish in our waters this year so make sure you have a heavy rod and reels rigged up and ready when you head out fishing from Port Augusta in 2020. Plenty of reports of Kingfish from around the old power station site, rail bridge north of Port Augusta and a few from the old salt works in Port Paterson.

Other news is Blue Swimmer Crabs. There are plenty of Crabs about this time of year from about the old Power Station southwards.

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 and a couple of dozen is usually enough to feed the family. 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.

Other species to try for are Snook, Flathead and Salmon.

FEBRUARY

Still plenty of Crabs here at Port Augusta with February being the best month of the year usually.

Fishing in 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 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 of 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.

There should still be the odd Yellowtail Kingfish as well as mentioned 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.