January is a popular time for holiday-makers and seasoned anglers to get out and do some fishing in and around Portland
Whether you are land-based or boating there are plenty of places to wet a line and catch a good feed of fresh fish.
The Lee Breakwater has still been producing good-sized snapper as Jason Caldow of Hamilton found out recently with his snapper of 6.8kg, along with snapper of 2-3kg. There are also a lot of pinkies around as well as King George whiting, calamari squid, gummy shark, barracouta, eels and the odd seven-gill shark coming off this great platform.
By January the water will have warmed suffiently to add yellowtail kingfish to the list which can also be caught off the Lee Breakwater and inside the harbour.
For those land-based and boating parties fishing along the north shore there have been some good catches of gummy shark, school shark, snapper, trevally, whiting, calamari squid, garfish and the odd mulloway.
With the food chain in place and the warmer waters arriving the mighty yellowtail kingfish should also make their appearance felt for those who like to target these great fighting sports fish.
When the weather is calm and the swell is down fisho’s heading around the back between Lawrence rock and Cape Bridgewater fishing in depths of between 40-100m of water have been having good catches of flathead, gummy and school shark, snapper, morwong, nannygai, gurnard, coral perch, sweep, knifejaw, whiting; keep an eye out for mako sharks in this area.
Local charter operators have all been keeping their customers happy with a good feed and a great days outing. For information on local charters give the boys a call at the shop and we can pass you on to the experienced local operators.
Coming back in from around Lawrence rock for those trolling there have been good catches of pike and snook, between Point Danger and Pivot beach catches of whiting up to 1kg and flathead have been coming in from this area.
For those wanting to take the children fishing the platform located near the information centre, the marina by the boat ramp and also the Fishermans Wharf are all excellent places with catches of calamari squid, snapper, whiting, mullet and trevally all on offer.
There are also plenty of places around Portland to have a go at freshwater fishing with good bream being caught in both the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers.
Don’t forget our annual fishing competition on January14-15 for a great weekend with great cash prizes available and all proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation.
We hope that you all had a good christmas and New year, and if your thinking of heading down Portland way give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on 0355235213 for all your latest weather and fishing reports, we are open 7 days a week from 7 till 7.Reads: 2761