For those anglers still braving the unpredictable spring weather can begin to look forward to the approaching summer. This in turn will make the fishing season begin to fire up.
Boating parties heading out off Cape Bridgewater have been landing some great-sized flathead along with the odd gummy and schoolie shark.
For those fishing in closer off Cape Nelson lighthouse there has been a mixed bag of good fish with the main catches being snapper, blue and jackass morwong, along with calamari squid, nannygai, coral perch and the odd school shark.
Heading in and around Lawrence Rock the old flathead grounds have been fishing well with Gary Bebbington catching 14 good-sized flathead on his last outing.
Fishing for whiting between little reef and Blacknose Point has been relative slow but should fire up over this month.
There have been a few whiting caught long the north shore and also in the harbour. Boaties along the north shore have been catching snapper, trevally, the odd whiting, school shark and gummy shark.
Land-based anglers also fishing along the north shore have also been catching snapper, trevally, salmon, the odd whiting along with both school and gummy sharks.
It should now only be a matter of time before the mulloway start to make an appearance along the north shore.
For those fishing off the Lee Breakwater, it has been proving to be a bit of hit and miss for many but in saying that there has been some good catches of snapper up to 4kg. Recent catches off the Lee are local Michael Huff with his snapper of 2.8kg, Cameron Little of Teasdale had a nice 3.6kg snapper, Deano from Charleton had three nice snapper to 4kg, while Wayne Turner landed one of 3kg.
The size of the snapper have been ranging from 1-4kg but this should only improve as Melbourne Cup weekend is traditionally the start of the bigger snapper run.
Along with snapper there has also been catches of calamari squid, the odd whiting, rock ling, and the odd schoolie and gummy sharks. One lucky angler landed a nice 20kg schoolie off the Lee just to show that these fish are cruising past there.
Fishing in and around the harbour has seen catches of mullet, bream, snapper, whiting, trevally and the odd flathead. Off the little marina there has also been good catches of calamari squid.
For those freshwater fishing the Surrey and Fitzroy rivers have also been fishing well with good catches of bream between 28-40cm.
So if your heading down Portland way give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on 0355235213, for all your latest fishing and weather reports, we are open 7 days a week from 7 till 7Reads: 1993