Yellowtail Kingfish on the bite
  |  First Published: February 2011

There has been a good mixed variety of fish for those anglers taking advantage of the summer weather and what Portland has to offer.

The yellowtail kingfish fired up over at Minerva reef and along the north shore through to the blood hole for those anglers chasing these mighty fighting fish, patience, timing, tides and the water temp were the main factors.

Local Geoff Sturzaker landed six kingfish, releasing four, while fishing in front of the Henty Bay Caravan Park. Another angler and crew also fishing in that area had a good catch of eight kingies with weights ranging from 3-11kg. Kingfish over Minerva reef have been ranging in weights from 3kg upwards with the heaviest so far being weighed of 13.5kg caught by Matt Brewer of Melbourne.

Kingfish have been caught on lures, live bait and squid under a balloon. The run of kingfish should continue throughout February, so make sure your gear is up to scratch as these fish are caught in shallow waters between 3-13m of water.

Along with kingfish there has been good catches of snapper, whiting, trevally, mulloway, garfish, calamari squid, salmon, gummy and school sharks by both boating and land-based parties along the north shore, as local Ryan Lindsay can vouch for, with his haul of two mulloway and five snapper while fishing off the beach.

Fishing off the Lee Breakwall locals Dave and Wayne bagged out on snapper with the heaviest weighing 4.2kg, Ray and Connie of Melbourne caught two nice gummy sharks weighing between 10-15kg and a nice snapper of 3kg, junior Scott Casey of Swan Hill caught a nice snapper of 1.5kg while fishing with mum and dad.

Along with snapper and gummies there has been salmon up to 2kgs, trevally, whiting, barracouta, calamari squid, and the odd kingfish ranging from 1-3kg but the biggest catch off the Lee would have to go to local Abdiresei Hihai with a prize snapper of 12.6kg.

Fishing in and around the harbour, the reclaimed area has seen catches of good-sized silver trevally. The new pontoon in front of the tourist information centre has had catches of whiting, calamari squid and trevally, and off the marina there have been catches of snapper, whiting, salmon and calamari.

The trawler wharf has also had good catches of whiting, trevally, snapper and the odd black bream. In the canal there is plenty of mullet, salmon and black bream, which is a great spot to take the kids for a fish: remember berley always bring results.

For those boating and land-based parties fishing between Pivot Beach and Point Danger good-sized salmon, barracouta, snapper, flathead and decent whiting between 30-50cm have been coming in from this area.

Heading around the back between Lawrence rock and Cape Bridgewater there has been some good catches of lithe and snook along with blue morwong over 3kg, nannygai, coral perch, whiting, arrow squid, slimy mackerel, gurnard, gummy shark, school shark and good sized tiger flathead up to 2kg.

Mako sharks have also been making there presence felt with a few smaller ones coming into the cleaning tables while those more sensible anglers have been releasing the bigger fish to go and keep the fishery alive and well.

There have been a few boating parties picking the weather and heading out to the continental shelf targeting blue eye trevalla and hapuku and returning home with blue eye to 7kg along with frost fish and blue grenadier. The guys have reported saying all the signs are looking good for the arrival of the southern blue fin tuna with the krill and an abundance of baitfish, as last year in February the first southern bluefin tuna was landed.

So for all your latest fishing and weather reports give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on 0355235213, we are open 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm.

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