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Port Augusta Fishing Guide November / December

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NOVEMBER: The Kingfish season is gradually coming to an end with another good year here at Port Augusta for Kingfish. Many who have put in the hours have been successful, they are still about but become increasing difficult to find and entice to bite. Appears the current fishing methods are sustainable with a lot of fishers catching and releasing.

The early run of Crabs through October and into November has arrived however they go off for a while just before Christmas.

Salmon Trout, Tommies, Garfish & Snook are some of the scale fish you can catch this time of year in the mid to top layer of water. I would be trying along the edges of banks in around 4m of water.

Yellow-fin or Silver Whiting are another species worth targeting during the warmer months. Best areas are just off the mangroves on the intertidal zone in about 1m or even less of water. Best baits are green prawns, blood worms, cockle or squid with a bit of berley.

November sees the weather going all over the place with hot spells usually only broken up by strong southerly winds. It’s either 35-45 degrees with a chance of a few calm days or blowing from either the south or north making it a bit uncomfortable.

As the water temperature rises those fish which prefer the cooler waters are now well on the way southwards and the fish species that prefer the warmer temperatures are now moving in. The mighty Trumpeter being one of these. They are well and truly established in the deeper waters and make King George Whiting fishing almost impossible.

Have had a few reports of larger King George Whiting being caught in the deeper channels. Worth a try on a sandy bottom.

DECEMBER: Usually sees a lull in the likes of Crabbing as the Crabs seem to have a bit of a spell around this time of the year. The Yellowtail Kingfish i.e. (larger fish to 40kg) have also moved on however it is still often worth a try in front of the old Power Station inlet channel and Whyalla rail-bridge north of Port Augusta. Christmas holidays will see large numbers of people trying their luck at all species and most will get a feed of some description as the gulf is alive with a whole range of fish.

Crabs start to come back in January along with Silver Whiting along the tidal flats. King George Whiting are very scarce this time of year and hardly worth the effort. The Trumpeter usually rules the waterways during this period.

Salmon Trout and Tommies are popular during December and January with Garfish another option using gents for bait.

Snook are also active and one can usually score a feed of Snook trolling just above the weed beds in about 2-4m of water.

Good luck and hope you all have tight lines.