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Port Augusta FISHING GUIDE May / June

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May

May is usually one of the best months of the year for fishing here at Port Augusta. A bit cool in the mornings, but as the day progresses it can be great. Make sure you rug up a bit in the mornings and as the day unfolds so the clothes come off.

Squid, King George Whiting, Salmon Trout & Snook have already turned up in April, so the season looks to be off to a good start here at Port Augusta. Razorfish Hearts are huge. Squid have been a bit slow to start however south of Chinamen Creek appears the best and along the front of the shacks in the evenings. The best spot in recent years has been south of Chinamen Creek to Miranda in about 3-4m of water.

Blow fish or puffer fish are back in huge numbers this year gradually replacing the almighty Trumpeter. As mentioned, the Trumpeters gradually begin to decline from the beginning of May. Blue swimmer crabs are now heading south in the deeper channels and the annual slime event gradually starts to appear. King George Whiting are moving into most areas now with some good catches. Plenty of undersized KGW but hey that’s fishing at Port Augusta a known nursery area in the state.

At this time of year Garfish are usually at their best in the Upper Spencer Gulf. Fishers using Gents for bait will always out-fish those using alternative baits. Those night fishing using a spot light and dab net will find this to be the quickest and easiest way to catch a feed of Garfish. If you don’t have a boat, try just walking in the shallows at night with a head light and Dab Net on a calm dark night at high tide and you can dab Garfish and catch the odd Squid. Flathead are a bit of a bi-catch most times of the year but in late April and into May they are at their best.

June

In June the Squid are one of the most targeted species just off the edges of weedy banks south of the old Power Station site.

Yellowtail Kingfish are also just starting to come on the radar and after a couple of years now with the Power Station closed it would appear the Kingfish are still frequenting these waters. Last year was exceptional for Kingfish right through until about late October.

Those prepared to put in the time and effort can be rewarded with a mighty 40kg plus fish albeit in recent years the larger fish have not arrived in numbers until later in the year. The best location in the past has been around the old Power Station site. Other locations to try are north of Port Augusta at the rail-bridge and check out all the navigation beacons south of the Power Station as the big Kingies tend to hang out of the tide in behind these sticks. The use of side imaging sounders, down riggers and metal jigging lures have been popular in recent years.

King George Whiting become affected by the annual slime which begins to move in during June/July and if this is not enough to put you off there is an influx of blood worms around this time also. If you can lob on a spot where the fish are hungry you can still pick up a feed quite quickly. It is all just a matter of finding the fish.

Salmon Trout are always about and in Port Paterson you can sometimes pick up some real thumpers, West Coast size in mid June.

Good luck and hope you all have tight lines.