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Port Augusta Fishing Guide May / June

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MAY

May and the early part of June is the best time of the year, weather wise, to try for the likes of King George Whiting here at Port Augusta. The Upper Spencer Gulf comes alive with the Trumpeter gradually moving out and most able to enjoy some good weather and boating on the water. You will still get plenty of Blue Swimmer Crabs in the deeper channels however the slime gradually starts to appear making pulling nets and keeping them clean a problem. King George Whiting are moving in most areas now with some good catches of Flathead, Snook, Salmon Trout plus a few reports of Kingfish being caught from around the rail bridge and the old power station site. Also 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. As mentioned Trumpeters begin to disappear by the middle of May and these can be replaced by good catches of Squid. Best areas for Squid are drifting along the edges of banks over the long weed about 10-15km south of Port Augusta. Still reports of Yellow-fin Whiting or Silvers as they are called locally off the intertidal zone in front of the shacks.

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 frequently these waters. The theory that the Kingies will be scarcer as the warm water is not being pumped out from the Power Station anymore has pretty well been debunked. 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. 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 down riggers and metal jigging lures have recently been popular. 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 though. It is all 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.

Good luck and hope you all have tight lines.