Portland, the place to be
  |  First Published: December 2013

December has seen some great fishing. The Lee Breakwater has been at its best in the last couple off months with some big snapper up to 10kg and some great gummies, schoolies and seven-gillers in big sizes. The squid have also moved in and the whiting are getting better.

When the weather has been kind, the boat fishing has been in good form. There have been plenty of flathead and whiting caught on the drift around the bay, and some great action around in the deeper water with good catches of shark, snapper, flathead, queenfish, and gurnards. So there are lots available on the dinner list.

Surf fishing has been okay in the area with gummies, bronzies, schoolies and the odd mulloway.

January should certainly see the mighty kingfish in around our coastlines. Last year was a little slow for them, but let’s hope this month will be better.

The squid have moved into the bay with good catches in the boats and around the breakwater and jetties. The pinky snapper have made the breakwater home and around the North Shore as well. These fish are in good numbers and fun to catch.

There are some good whiting around the corner from the golf course to Point Danger, and along the North Shore areas and the breakwall.

January also produces great catches of flathead, sharks and a range of other great eating fish in the deeper waters from the rock to Bridge Water Bay.

The Fitzroy and Surrey rivers are also a great place to visit in January with good catches off bream, mullet and the odd estuary perch.

Some of the best baits for the breakwater are squid, pilchards, salmon and couta fillets for the bigger fish; and pipis, prawns and worms and blue and white baits for the whiting and the other fish lurking in the rocks. Soft plastics and salmon lures are also a good option for the breakwater.

For the rivers, the bream like pipis, prawns, worms and whitebaits. Again soft plastics and hardbody lures work very well for these great fish.

We can certainly help you with the options of bait and lures at Portland Compleat Angler.

The author

My name is Nigel Fisher and I have been working with the Compleat Angler team for nearly three years now in Portland.

I work with a great team consisting with Bruce, Tony and Neil. We all enjoy nothing better than fishing and helping people do the same.

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