Slow start to tuna season
  |  First Published: May 2014

The tuna season has started a little slow in Portland but they are starting to filter through now. However, on a brighter note the deep bottom fishing has been very good with catches of blue-eye, ling, grenadier and trumpeter.

Most anglers are using electric reels for these fish due to the depths. Best baits for these fish seem to be the California squid.

We have also had a very good run on makos in the last month from 40kg up to 100kg+. Best method is a very good berley trail on these mighty jumpers with good fresh baits.

When the weather has been favourable the flathead fishing around Bridgewater Bay has been good with gummies and schoolies mixed up with them. Squid'ems are great for these guys with squid, pilchards and pipis being good baits.

The bay and north shore is fishing well for good size pinkies up to 50cm and some good whiting mixed in. Pipis, blue bait, pilchards and squid are always good bait for these fish. They are also still picking up schoolies, bronzies and seven-gillers in this area.

The breakwater has been a little slow but there always seems to be something around.

Surf fishing is okay, with gummies and schoolies and the odd mulloway coming up on the beaches and the salmon are starting to number up. Good fresh baits for the surf, such as squid, mullet and salmon, do the job well. Salmon lures and blue baits are great for salmon.

Fitzroy and Surrey rivers are a great option chasing bream, mullet, salmon and the odd mulloway. Soft plastics, hardbody lures and baits are great in these rivers.

This May should certainly see the tuna in good numbers and a lot off people are trying their luck on these mighty fish. Remember the X-Rap lures and skirts around 6” are generally the best to catch these great fish. Don't forget if the tuna don't fire on the day, a deep bottom bounce may still get you a good feed of blue-eye or similar.

This time of the year is good for the hard fighting salmon around our bay and certainly a great fish to chase. Casting metal body lures are a great way to catch these fish and there is a huge range of these lures on the market. Blue baits are good for salmon too.

Generally the breakwater will fire up with salmon and some good size sharks taken off the wall at this time of year. A lot of fishers use the left over tuna frames for bait and berley for the sharks off the breakwater and the beaches.

The bay should still see the pinkies, whiting, squid, salmon and sharks around. Trolling for pike or snook is also another good option.

If you love chasing bream and mulloway, then the rivers around our area can produce some of these great fish in good sizes, from the Glenelg River system to the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers.

• For any fishing and weather reports you can call us at Portland Compleat angler on 03 5521 1844 or call in at 61 Bentinck street portland next to the Gordon hotel. We also have all your tuna needs for this season from rods and reels to a big range of hard body lures and skirts. Also a big range of bait and general fishing needs plus licences and regulation books and stickers.

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