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Port Augusta Fishing Guide January / February

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JANUARY

Crabs, Crabs, Crabs and more Crabs. It gets to the point here at the top of Spencer Gulf when most get a bit sick of Crabs. Pretty amazing really when you consider they are selling for $35.00 per kilo in Sydney markets.

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 heaps to feed the family. The almighty 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. There are some reports of the odd Snapper being caught and for those prepared to put in the time and effort you should be able to pick up the odd Snapper from local drops such as the Tyre Reef and Seabird along with plenty of old local Snapper drops in the main channel in front of the 282 coastal homes. Other species to try for are Snook, Flathead Salmon and the occasional Yellowtail Kingfish which appear to be increasing in numbers right through the gulfs.

FEBRUARY

Still plenty of Crabs with February the best month. February is much the same as January, fishing wise, with 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 off the banks. Remember the new 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 2-4 metres of water.

The larger Yellowtail Kingfish are still around however they are scattered and even more difficult than normal to get to bite. Always worth having a big rod and reel rigged ready to cast out if you see one.

Snapper are also out deep and tend to be caught sunrise and sunset at Port Augusta. Try the Beacon ground this time of year weather permitting.

Good luck and hope you all have tight lines.