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Fishing SA Magazine Issue 40 - April / May 2015 is out now, get into your local tackle shop or news agent to grab yourselves a copy!Inside this issue we have a feature on catching bluefin tuna at Victor Harbor, drifting for school sharks, targeting elephant sharks, metro snook on hard-body lures, thumper salmon from Port Lincoln, Thistle Island whiting, sharks and more, sounder tips, full state-wide fishing reports and flats fishing for flathead, salmon, yellowfin whiting and more. We also have a look at Yamahaâ€™s new F130A outboard, plus a bunch of gear is reviewed. Grab a copy of Fishing SA April/May now from a tackle store or newsagent, or visit our online store and order the current copy today. Fish on! Also check out the Fishing SA magazine website www.fishingsa.com.au and follow Fishing SA magazine on Facebook https://www.facebook...shingsamagazine Click here to view the article
Inside this issue we have a feature on catching bluefin tuna at Victor Harbor, drifting for school sharks, targeting elephant sharks, metro snook on hard-body lures, thumper salmon from Port Lincoln, Thistle Island whiting, sharks and more, sounder tips, full state-wide fishing reports and flats fishing for flathead, salmon, yellowfin whiting and more. We also have a look at Yamahaâ€™s new F130A outboard, plus a bunch of gear is reviewed. Grab a copy of Fishing SA April/May now from a tackle store or newsagent, or visit our online store and order the current copy today. Fish on! Also check out the Fishing SA magazine website www.fishingsa.com.au and follow Fishing SA magazine on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fishingsamagazine
BURLEY IS ESSENTIAL Burley has been essential these past couple of weeks with many anglers heavily relying on it to find fish. Both boaties and land based anglers are finding that many species of fish are in scarce numbers during times of feeding unless burley is being presented. One thing to stress however, donâ€™t use too much! Using too much burley can give your target species a good feed causing them to loose interest in your bait, as well as attracting unwanted by catch species in the area. The common species needing burley recently were King George Whiting, mostly crushed shellfish or a pellet mixture, and Garfish, requiring a surface burley such as bran & pollard with fish oil. Snapper was also a topic mentioned, with results of anglers increasing if using burley. Pictured are Jarra Sellen with a mighty 60cm King George Whiting that was caught out at Sir Isaacs and Jack Jacobs caught this 10 foot Bronzie just north of Lispon Cove. It took almost 2 hours to reel in and was tagged and released. Now for what was biting and where Elliston / Sheringa Snook are being caught from the Elliston jetty. There have been reports of some good Sweep from the rocky outcrops and King George Whiting from the beaches. Most of the Whiting have been small, so check them for legal length before putting them in the bag. Almonta / Gunyah Beach Not many reports this week, but there should still be a few Salmon on the beaches. Our tip is to use metal lures and search the gutters and holes for the bigger fish. Spanyid Raiders are a good lure for this, as they cast well, and have a good action that will attract fish from a fair way off. Farm Beach King George Whiting are being caught in the area but tending to be on the smaller side if fishing is shallower water, with larger fish coming from deeper water. Coffin Bay Small King George Whiting continue to be caught with only a few legal sized ones amongst them. Anglers have been doing well on Flathead, Tommies and Silver Trevally, with the odd Rugger Snapper being caught in the channel on Squid baits. Out wide, Tuna are the talk of the town, with them showing up in most of the popular spots, and even close in. Boaties have been getting some good fish around the reefy areas jigging and drop baiting for Snapper and Nannygai. Port Lincoln Tuna â€“ Low Rocks, Cabbage Patch, Thistle, Williams Island, just to name a few of the spots where they have been reported. Deep diving lures such as the Rapala XRAP and smaller skirts trolled a long way behind the boat seem to be the most effective methods so far. Colour does not seem to be a factor so far, but keep the lures on the smaller size, as the Tuna are mostly small. Local jetties have been good for squid all day round and into the evening. Tommies and Gar are being caught if burley is presented. Best results tend to be early in the morning or mid to late afternoon. Snook have been a little on the quieter side with a few being caught when smaller prey is in the area. Donâ€™t go too hard on the burley as unwanted by-catch such as Puffer fish, small Leatherjackets, and Trumpeters are also attracted and quiet often take your bait rather than your target species. Some smaller Stingrays have been loitering around local jettys and bays, so just be wary if you are not targeting them. They are bottom feeders and can take Whiting and general purpose rigs or baits. Tumby Bay Good numbers of Garfish off the Jetty, and a good variety of fish in the Marina. Port Neill Garfish are being caught from the jetty / breakwater area. Arno Bay Snapper, King George Whiting and Blue Swimmer Crabs are being chased by local anglers. The local charter Ops have reported that the Snapper are hit and miss, so if you are heading up, allow a couple of days to ensure you get one of the big ones. Cowell Blue Swimmer Crabs and Snapper have been reported in decent numbers. This week's Port Lincoln fishing report is supplied by Port Lincoln Fishing and Outdoors - Port Lincoln
This weeks pictures are of Leona Urban who caught her first ever Bluefin Tuna recently and with a Thistle Island King George Whiting measuring 57cm is Mitch Peak. 2 very nice catches indeed. We have had a few reports of good sized Snapper coming in since the ban was lifted on Monday. Please remember to check for other closures before you head out, as there are still some areas closed for Snapper until Jan 30th. Now for what was biting and where Elliston / Sheringa No reports received, but the Salmon and Whiting should still be a good option from the beaches. Around rocky points could be worth a look for other species as well. Almonta / Gunyah Beach Gunya beach has had a few mixed reports over the past week. Some anglers reported seeing many schools from the point of entry onto the beach. Other anglers had reported not seeing any schools whatsoever but finding good solid fish averaging 2-4 kilograms biting on baits and Spanyid Raider lures in the Blue colours. Farm Beach Boaties are reporting good catches of King George Whiting on cockles. Coffin Bay Southern Bluefin are still averaging less than 10 kilograms, however good numbers are being reported. Most reports are coming from out wide at the Hummocks, Perforated, greenly and Rocky Islands with small Kings and Samsons around Rocky as well. Port Lincoln Local bays are seeing good numbers of Blue Swimmer Crabs, with best results being returned during night sessions. Try Salmon, Tommies and Freeze Dried Squid are proving effective baits for the Crabs. Southern Bluefin Tuna are caught being out wide. Pick your days carefully with this windy weather though. Local jettys are showing up a few nice sized Garfish in shallow waters and some excellent size Squid, Silver Trevally are proving great tasty sport for many anglers fishing local bays whether targeting them or not. Anglers are finding that if they are using burley for a certain species, they will be accompanied by Trevally. These fish are excellent fun on light gear. Tumby Bay A few Squid and plenty of Tommies are being caught from inside the bay and on the jetty. The marina still has Silver Trevally and the Tommies are in there as well. Port Neill No reports, but there should be plenty of Tommies and Salmon Trout around. Arno Bay Reports of Snapper being caught are starting to come through the shop. Cowell Blue swimmer crabs are being reported in good numbers from around the township This week's Port Lincoln fishing report is supplied by Port Lincoln Fishing and Outdoors - Port Lincoln