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Port Augusta Fishing Guide July / August

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Squid again this year have been tough and while you can still get a feed it is not like it was a couple of years ago. Just off the edges of weedy banks is the best location south of the Power Station.

The Blood Worm run will occur a few days after the new moon in July so be aware of this as this tends to slow fishing for a week or so. This year it is both at the start of July and end of July. Not a good time to go fishing. Leave it for a week and then have a go.

Yellowtail Kingfish are also just starting to come on and those prepared to put in the time can be rewarded with 40kg plus fish. The best locations for the Yellowtail Kingfish is still around the old Power Station site. We will have to monitor to see if the fish still congregate around the sea wall and outlet channels from the old Power Station. The fish still come up here but locating them might be a bit more difficult. Side imaging sounders and Down Riggers are proving to be a must.

King George Whiting are affected by the blood worms and annual slime event during July. About a week after the blood worm run I suggest trying for the King George Whiting. At this time of year they are hard to find but if you can anchor up on a spot where the fish are hungry you can still pick up a decent feed. Try using a rig with the hook set well off the bottom and fish in places like The Run which has long weed and the Whiting seem to cruise above all the slime and weed and still take a bait if presented well.

Salmon Trout, Snook and Australian Herring (Tommy Ruff) are also about this time of year and you can usually pick up a feed of these in July.


August has traditionally been the best month of the year to catch the mighty Yellowtail Kingfish however over the last year or two this has slipped a month or so into September/October. Squid are still the preferred bait however as the month progresses, they become a little more finicky and difficult to catch. Schools of Kingfish congregate and cruise around the old Power Station site. As mentioned Down Riggers have been the key for most fishers in recent years however that is not to say you can’t catch a fish in a tinny with none of this gadgetry. I suggest the use of down riggers and side imaging sounders will be even more popular as fishers search for the Kingfish over a wider area. Fishers from all over Australia visit Port Augusta every year to try their luck.

A whole range of other species begin to migrate into our waters in August also. I suggest King George Whiting on a calm winters’ day is a must for fishers as it won’t be long before the mighty Trumpeter returns, usually around mid-October. Once again you will still need to contend with the slime event but if prepared to move around a bit you will catch a decent feed.

The Trumpeter has all but disappeared by now and should be replaced by good catches of Squid. Best areas for squid are drifting along the edges of banks over the long weed from the first shack southwards.

Salmon Trout are also right through the Upper Spencer Gulf during this month.

Good luck and hope you all have tight lines.