Kings and Mulloway on the move
  |  First Published: December 2010

With the warmer weather and rising water temperatures upon us yellowtail kingfish and mulloway should start to make their presence felt over along the north shore.

This should also improve general fishing in December, as November was a lot cooler than in previous years with a greater inflow of fresh water.

For those fishing off the Lee breakwater there has been some good catches of snapper. Mick Murrell from Dartmoor landed a nice 3.2kg snapper and Tony Guildford of Melbourne had a great days fishing landing three nice snapper with the heaviest weighing 4.7kg.

Local Wayne Turner has again been in amongst the action off the Lee with his latest snapper of 3.1kg, there have been various others landing snapper and this should only improve throughout December.

Along with snapper coming off the Lee there has been some good catches of King George whiting, calamari squid, gummy shark and the odd schoolie shark.

Land-based anglers along the north shore have been catching whiting, snapper, trevally, salmon, garfish, along with gummy shark and schoolie shark. Boating parties also fishing the north shore have also been catching a mixed bag of the same fish as the land-based anglers.

Locals Daniel Curmi and Jason Willow had a good days outing landing 16 nice-sized King George whiting with all being above 40cm on their last outing along the north shore. There has also been some good catches of King George whiting coming from between Point Danger and Blacknose Point.

For those boating parties and local charter operators heading around the back between Cape Bridgewater and the lighthouse they have also been having some great catches of snapper, whiting, flathead, morwong and coral perch.

Charter operator Joe O’Connor of Bluefin 2 charters treated his clients to a nice afternoons outing landing 30 snapper, 6 blue morwong and 6 ling along with a good schoolie of 25kg. Shannon Churchill of Portland Sportsfishing Charters treated his clients to a good days outing landing 25 snapper with one weighing in at 7.5kg, along with blue morwong, coral perch and nannygai.

While Kev and Nick of South West Fishing Charters had good catches of snapper, blue morwong and coral perch on their latest trip out. Local Bruce McPherson and crew had a great days fishing coming back with 60 flathead for the day as well as two nice gummy sharks around the 10-15kg mark. So it is always a good option to head around out the back when the weather is right and the swell is down.

Fishing in and around the harbour there has been plenty of calamari squid, silver trevally, bream and the odd whiting as well as pinkies. Off the trawler wharf silver trevally and pinkies have been the main catches while fishing the canal has seen catches of mullet, trevally and black bream.

For those fresh water fishing the Surrey and Fitzroy rivers have both been producing good catches of bream and mullet.

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 7.

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