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Port Augusta Fishing Guide September/October 2017

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Still a few Kingfish to be caught this time of year. Squid become harder to locate and by the end of September the mighty Trumpeter begins to move in again.

In early September, King George Whiting are one of the most sought after species, weather permitting. 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 mighty Trumpeters.

September is a great time to dust of the cob webs and get some salt water around the feet. Weather starts to warm up as the next round of fish begin to move in as the water temperature increases. Crabs begin their early run in late September also 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 being caught in the Upper Spencer Gulf these days with fish to 3kg being landed along the front of the shacks and in Port Paterson.


October is the month when the weather changes dramatically, sometimes four seasons in one day. Water temperatures are increasing significantly and this brings with it a new range of fish species which migrate northwards in Spencer Gulf. The fish which prefer the colder water temperatures gradually move into deeper waters which are cooler and then further south. Squid move out of the Upper Spencer Gulf and does not return until around April next year.

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 around navigation beacons and in Chinamen Creek Deeper Channels, up the top of the gulf.

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 .8 metre to 1.2 metre. The 3 metre tidal flow just brings out the trumpeters and blow fish.

Snapper can also be caught south of Port Augusta with the best drops being about 8-25klms south of the boat ramp. The Seabird boat wreck regularly produces a few Snapper, the odd Mulloway and even a Yellowtail Kingfish occasionally.

Salmon Trout and Tommies are the best of the rest along with Garfish above the weed beds using quality gents for bait.

Most should be able to get a feed of Crabs during October also.

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

Snook have just started to show up and these are worth a try trolling along the weedy banks in 2-4 metres water.

Good luck and hope you all have tight lines.