Tipping the tuna trumps
  |  First Published: April 2014

The fishing in Portland has been going well in most areas.

The breakwater and harbour has had I few hits on kingfish with fresh squid under balloons being the most effective. Pinkies, squid, salmon, travelly and the odd shark keeps this wall being one of the most popular fishing spots around. Popular baits are squid and pilchards and fresh salmon and couta.

The north shore has been in good form from boats and the beaches. The big key is to berley from the boat and let the pinkies come. There have also been good catches of sharks, schoolies, bronzes and carpet shark, in good numbers along with squid, salmon, yakkas and whiting.

A few locals have done very well with sharks and mulloway off the beaches recently. There has been the odd kingfish caught around the north but not as good as the numbers further up the coast. There have been a few surprises in the shallow waters lately with schools of tuna up to 30kg being caught.

The fishing in the deeper waters around Lawrence Rock to Bridgewater has been okay with good catches of flathead, gummies, schoolies, pinkies, sweep and the odd good size mako. The boats heading further out towards the shelf are catching good feeds of blue-eye, ling and blue grenadier and the tuna are starting to grow in numbers.

April should certainly see the tuna in good numbers and there will be plenty of people coming into town chasing these mighty fish. There are also lots of charter boats available for people to have a chance to catch tuna if they don't have a boat or just visiting our town. Generally you have to book in advance, as they are very busy. You can google the charter boats in Portland or call us at Compleat Angler.April can also see other species of fish around our area. You can catch the odd big snapper off the breakwater before they disappear for a while, and whiting, salmon, sharks and squid can also be in good numbers.

Salmon and snook are good fun trolling around the bay to north shore, plus whiting and pinkies should still be about.

Salmon and shark fishing are generally good from now on from the beaches from north shore to Bridgewater Bay and Discovery Bay.

The Fitzroy and Surrey rivers fish well this time of year for bream and mullet. Hardbody lures, plastics and baits such as pipis, prawns and worms are great for these fish.

We should also start seeing larger mulloway, bream and perch in the Glenelg River system.

For all your fishing needs while fishing in Portland call into Compleat Angler and check out the whole range on offer. We also supply fishing licences and regulation books. You will find us at 61 bentinck street Portland and call us on 03 5521 1844.

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