The big reds are coming to the Lee Breakwater
  |  First Published: October 2013

With spring upon us, the Lee Breakwater has seen a run of good-sized snapper ranging from 2-9kg which is early for this time of year but may indicate a good start to the season.

Trevor Kohlman landed a 4.16kg snapper, Jeff from Hamilton landed a 4.95kg snapper along with Terry Alberts snapper weighing in at 7.3kg as a reward for putting in the time and effort from the Lee. Along with snapper off the Lee there has been a run of gurnard along with barracouta, salmon, calamari squid, the odd flathead and King George whiting, gummy and school shark.

Best baits off the Lee have been bluebait, pilchards, salted mackerel and local squid, for those chasing King George whiting local pipis seem to be the best bait for these fine eating table fish.

Anglers fishing in and around the harbour from the marina, calamari squid has been the main catch along with trevally, whiting and legal sized snapper. In the canal catches of mullet, salmon, trevally and bream have been keeping many anglers throwing in a line.

Land-based anglers have been into the salmon between Point Danger and Pivot Beach ranging from 1-3kg. Bridgewater Bay has also been producing some great catches of Australian salmon along with the odd gummy shark. Land-based fishing along the north shore between the Fitzroy, the Surrey and through to Snapper Point have seen good catches of gummy and school sharks, seven-gilled shark, salmon, snapper, whiting, snook, calamari squid, garfish and the odd legal-sized mulloway.

Boating parties venturing out wide have had some good catches of Tassie trumpeter. Targeting these great eating fish is done mainly in depths between 120-140m. Along with trumpeter, good sized snapper, blue morwong, and nannygai have also been coming from this area.

Boats heading out further over the continental shelf have also been landing blue eye trevalla, ling, and blue grenadier with depths ranging from 400-600m. Fishing in closer between 60-100m off Cape Bridgewater has seen good size and big numbers of flathead.

In front of Cape Nelson Lighthouse and Lawrence Rocks in depths of 40-85m has seen catches of gummy shark, school shark, snapper, morwong, coral perch and flying gurnard. As the season progresses mako sharks should also start appearing in this depth of water.

Fishing in the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers has been good, where anglers have been catching good size and numbers of bream with the Fitzroy also producing catches of estuary perch. Best baits have been prawns along with lures.

There has been some good catches redfin out at Bridgewater Lakes along with Hotspur and Dartmoor.

There have also been good reports coming from the Glenelg River of bream and mulloway at the lower end of the river and at Taylors Straight and Princess Caves of mulloway up to 9kg.

For all your latest weather and fishing reports, give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on 0355235213, we are open 7 days a week.

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