October showed Portland anglers just what the new season had to offer, and in November this can only get better with daylight savings allowing anglers more time to target their favourite species.
Species such as King George whiting, snapper, flathead, gummy shark, school shark, mulloway and calamari squid have moved back along our coast and will hang around for the approaching summer months, which in turn will bring fishing closer in to the north shore, the Lee Breakwall and the harbour.
Late November should also see the return of the mighty yellowtail kingfish along Minerva Reef as well as mako sharks for those fishing around the back.
Recent catches off the Lee Breakwall have seen anglers land good sized snapper up to 7kg along with other snapper ranging from 30-40cm, King George whiting from 30-60cm, flathead, leatherjacket, ‘couta, calamari squid along with gummy and school sharks. In and around the harbour, off the marina there has been calamari squid, trevally and whiting while the canal has mullet, trevally and bream keeping anglers busy.
On the north shore and beyond by surf or boat, there have been catches of gummy shark, school sharks, seven-gill sharks, legal sized snapper, salmon, ‘couta, calamari squid and the odd mulloway.
Fishing along the from the golf course to Point Danger there has been catches of King George whiting, and for those heading around the back between Point Danger and Cape Bridgewater in depths of water between 40-100m. Appearing back at the cleaning tables have been good-sized flathead, gummy and school sharks, nannygai, coral perch, snapper, gurnard, and morwong. Local Pete Johnson on his last outing caught a great sized snapper weighing a whopping 10.4kg along with flathead and gummy shark.
Other locals Darren Bennet, Dan Bishop and Bruce McPherson fishing out from Lawrence Rocks caught and landed a 92.8kg mako shark after a battle lasting 1.5 hours just to show that these mighty fine fighting fish are lurking around.
Surf fishing out at Bridgewater for salmon have been keeping anglers busy with good-sized salmon from 1-3kg.
Fishing the Fitzroy River has been producing good-sized bream along with good catches of yellow-eye mullet, and the Surrey River has also seen good-sized bream being caught.
Now that the footy is well and truly over for the year it is time to get your gear out and prepare for the approaching season as it looks like being another great year. Don’t forget to mark on your calendar the weekend of January 19-20 2013 which is when we hold our annual fishing competition for your chance to win cash prizes along with many give a ways and a great weekends fishing for all.
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