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Port Augusta Fishing Guide September / October

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September

Kingfish have been scarce up to now however last year they came late and so did the fishers. Suggest late September and October will be the best for them this year.

Squid have returned in good numbers in 2020 a stark change from the last two years.

September is a good month for King George Whiting here at Port Augusta provided you can get the weather to behave. If you haven’t got a feed by the end of September your chances begin to diminish rapidly leading into summer. By the end of September into mid-October, King George Whiting are gradually over run by the Trumpeters.

The gulf comes alive in September as water temperatures begin to rise with all fish species becoming more active.

As the weather starts to warm up the annual migration of fish occurs in the Upper Spencer Gulf. Crabs begin their early run in September, starting out deep and then moving into the shallows. Try raking them at low tide in front of the first few shacks or on the intertidal flats.

Some good-sized Salmon can be caught in the Upper Spencer Gulf these days with fish up to 3kg being landed along the front of the shacks and in Port Paterson.

Snook can be caught from areas such as the Run and Port Paterson trolling lures.

For land-based fishers try Chinamen Creek, this is tidal, Rail Bridge north of Port Augusta, Western end of the wharf.

If you want more land-based access suggest you contact the Port Augusta City Council and Local Member Dan Van Holst Pellekaan to see if they can invest in better facilities for Land Based Fishers.

October

October is the month when the weather changes dramatically, sometimes four seasons in one day. Water temperatures continue to increase and as mentioned in the September report the migration of fish continues northwards into Spencer Gulf. In fact, some move southwards depending on the water temperature they prefer. Squid being one of these.

October usually sees the decline of the Yellowtail Kingfish however last year October was probably the best month of the year for Kingfish so give it a go. Try at the old Power Station inlet and outlet channels, around navigation beacons, Chinamen Creek deeper channels, and the very top of the gulf. Remember there is a Marine Park up that way.

October is usually the last month of the year when you can catch a decent feed of King George Whiting. Try the slower outgoing tides around 0.8m to 1.2m. The 3m tidal flow just brings out the Trumpeters and Blow fish.

You can occasionally pick up a Mulloway or Yellowtail Kingfish from one of the local wrecks called the Seabird around 25km south Port Augusta.

Salmon Trout and Tommies are the best of the rest along with Garfish above the weed beds using quality gents for bait. Snook at the Run is one spot you can usually pick up a good feed of these above the long weed in about 2-4m of water.

Crabs are also still firing in October.

The first few weeks of October will see the last of the Squid. Suggest you try in about 3m of water over long weed for best results further south of the shacks.

For land-based fishers try Chinamen Creek, this is tidal, Rail Bridge north of Port Augusta, Western end of the wharf.

If you want more land-based access suggest you contact the Port Augusta City Council and Local Member Dan Van Holst Pellekaan to see if they can invest in better facilities for Land Based Fishers

Good luck and hope you all have tight lines.