Portland pattern stabilises
  |  First Published: March 2014

The weather in Portland over the last six weeks has been up and down. Let's hope we will see some good stable weather from now on.

At the moment when the weather is in our favour the fishing has been ok. The breakwall has produced pinkies, trevally, squid, sharks, whiting and the odd kingfish. Best baits for the wall seem to be squid and pilchards for the bigger fish and pipis, worms and prawns for the smaller fish. The squid are taking baited jigs or a range of squid jigs. Salmon lures, poppers and plastics work well around the breakwall as well.

The bay has seen whiting, pinkies, flathead, squid and the odd shark. Again baits such as pipis, blue bait, whitebait, pilchards and squid have been working well.

North shore has seen sharks and mulloway off the beaches and sharks, whiting, squid and the odd kingfish fishing from boats. Squid, pilchards and fresh baits are great off the beach and trolling and fresh baits for the kings out of the boats.

Flathead and gummies are around bridge water and makos are around the Capenelson area. There are also blue-eye in the deep waters.

March fishing should certainly see plenty of people chasing our mighty bluefin tuna and albacore. We should see the bluefin run up to July pending on weather conditions.

The North Shore can still produce kingfish in March depending on water temps, but the sharks, pinkies and other reef fish will still fish well.

The breakwater will still have pinkies, squid, whiting, sharks and salmon hanging around and is a great place for anyone to have a go.

The bay will have pinkies, whiting, flathead, squid, sharks and salmon and trolling for pike around the water tower can be worthwhile.

The deeper water around Lawrences Rock to Bridgewater Bay has produced some great fish, such as makos, gummies, schoolies, sweep, flathead snapper and other unexpected fish from time to time.

The beaches around the north should still have some good sharks and the salmon should start getting about. Also the Bridgewater Bay Beach around to Discovery Bay is a great place for surf fishing too and can produce some great fish.

For all your bait and tackle needs and reports call into Portland Compleat Angler and say g'day to the team or contact us on 03 55211844. Open seven days at 61 Bentinck Street Portland.

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