At this time of the year around Portland, snapper both large and small are still occupying most local anglers.
Snapper weighing 5.5kg have been caught from the Lee Breakwall, and over at the North Shore by both boaters and land-based fishers. Gummy and school sharks have also been caught from the Lee Breakwall.
The snapper fishers have had the excitement of catching thresher sharks while fishing the North Shore. These fish usually catch the angler by surprise, ripping out heaps of line and jumping out of the water several times, before usually releasing themselves.
There have been a lot of medium and large barracouta around, which are a normal part of the food chain at present. Another bonus for fishers are the large calamari squid on offer at this time of year.
From now on it is not unusual for land-based fishermen to catch small snapper from inside the harbour. Good-sized trevally to 1.5kg have been caught in the harbour too, as well as over at the North Shore. These trevally usually show up as the same time as the kingfish…so get ready! Kingfish like warm, clean water, and we know the garfish and squid are already present and waiting as a feed source for these great sportfish.
In coming weeks the Lee Breakwall will be closed for the visiting oil rig, so anglers should source information from the local tackle shops about where some other land-based fishing spots are. There are some underrated fishing locations that are rarely exposed to fishers that can be used as alternatives to the breakwall. Some of these are fishable for mulloway, medium to large snapper, whiting, gummy shark, school shark, trevally, salmon and kingfish (if you can hold onto them). These land-based spots are located from Nuns Beach to east of Narrawong and beyond.
Don’t forget the weekend of January19/20, 2008, for the Portland Bait & Tackle Annual Fishing Competition.
Also, just a short goodbye to one of Portland Bait & Tackle staff members who passed away last week. Don ‘Duk’ Elshoff was his name, and he was a valued friend and workmate. He died on the Lee Breakwall while doing a volunteer clean up. Don will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
If you’re heading down to Portland give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on 03 55235213. We are open 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm.Reads: 7027