Make way for spring fishing
  |  First Published: September 2013

As we move into spring many anglers are looking forward to the oncoming warmer weather and all the good fishing that comes with the new season.

As we head into the new season for surf fishing and boating parties there have been good catches of gummy shark, school and seven-gill sharks, the odd snapper, trevally, lithe, pike, salmon and mulloway along the north shore between the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers and Discovery Bay and Swan Lake. There has also been good catches of Australian salmon from 1-3kg around at Shelleys Beach, Crumpets and Bishops rocks.

Lee Breakwater

Catches of calamari squid, the odd gummy and school shark, barracouta, salmon and snapper have been the main activity, but it won’t be long before large snapper arrive as past records show snapper of 2-10kg.

In the harbour and canal anglers are still finding plenty of mullet, trevally, pinkies, calamari squid, salmon, luderick, bream along with the odd whiting and grass whiting. There appears to have been a good influx of small salmon from the 40m depths to the harbour which is a good indicator of a healthy food chain which should increase the number of catches in and around the harbour.

Venturing out on the water when the weather has been favourable there are still plenty of good catches to be had between 40-65m between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson Lighthouse with blue morwong, morwong, knifejaw, flying gurnard, snapper, gummy and school sharks. Going further out to 100-140m there has also been some good catches of Tassie trumpeter. Further along out in front of Cape Bridgewater in depths of 50-100m of water has seen good catches of flathead along with the odd gummy shark. Samson fish have also been caught in this area by some lucky anglers weighing in around 20-25kg.

Freshwater anglers have been getting good results at the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers with bream up to 38cm; the best technique has been using soft plastics, bib and blade lures or prawns. The Glenelg River at Nelson has also been fishing well with good reports of mulloway and bream.

For those who are not fishing but are out and about the arrival of the southern wright whales and humpback whales have also been keeping locals and tourists alike glued to their binoculars and with their cameras clicking with the whales coming within 15m of Nuns Beach and also cruising along the Lee Breakwall and the north shore putting on a fantastic aerobatic display for all to enjoy.

So if your thinking of heading down to Portland give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on 0355235213, we are open 7 days a week.

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