Summer just around the corner
  |  First Published: November 2011

Now that summer is on our doorstep and with more daylight hours to fish, anglers have more time to target their favourite species.

October showed Portland anglers just what the approaching season has to offer with local anglers and tourists scoring plenty of good catches.

Local angler Bob Bell caught a nice 3.5kg snapper, along with Wayne Turner with a good sized 12.8kg gummy shark.

There has also been King George whiting, calamari squid, pinkie snapper, barracouta, and the odd flathead coming in off the Lee Breakwater.

When the snapper really fire up this great fishing platform gets a massive influx of anglers all chasing their first 10kg + snapper for the season.

Anglers fishing in and around the harbour have also been having their fair share of good catches while using lighter gear with catches of trevally, calamari squid, mullet, King George whiting and snapper.

Young local Billy Olver landed a prized 1.8kg mullet while fishing in the canal, and along with mullet, bream have also been caught in this area.

For those boating parties heading around the back between Lawrence Rocks and Cape Bridgewater there has been some good catches of flathead, gummy shark, school shark, snapper, gurnard, and morwong.

Local Bruce McPherson on his last trip bagged out on flathead and a good-sized gummy shark. For those targeting King George whiting fishing between Danger Point and Pivot Beach has been producing some good catches in depths between 3-9m of water with the best bait being pippies and fresh squid cut into strips.

The old flathead grounds have also been fishing well.

Along the north shore, snapper, King George whiting, gummy shark, school shark, calamari squid and the odd mulloway have all been making appearances and as we get into December with the weather and sea temperature beginning to rise which will bring on the arrival of the yellowtail kingfish.

For those freshwater fishing the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers have been producing good catches of bream on soft plastics and blade style lures.

Anglers chasing redfin have have reported good catches coming in from the small lake at Bridgewater lakes.

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 7 till 7.

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