Portland in tuna frenzy
  |  First Published: June 2014

Portland is on fire at the moment with huge catches of bluefin tuna and albacore. We have had some reasonable weather and the boat ramp is filled with guys chasing these great fish.

Most fish are in big numbers off the shelf and in decent sizes, albacore from 10kg up to nearly 30kg. The bluefin have been good school size fish, up to 30kg, with some 40kg and a couple of 60kg. We have also had some big runs and bust offs from some very big fish.

The fish have been going well on both X-Rap hardbodied lures and skirted lures of different colours and sizes.

Other fishing has also been ok with good catches of flathead, whiting and pinkies around the bay. A few guys have been picking up some nice sharks around the north shore area as well.

Bridgewater Bay always produces good flathead, gummies and school sharks in the 50-80m mark. Deep water around the horse shoe area has also been going well on deep drops producing blue-eye, knife jaw, blue grenade and sharks.

Breakwater has been a bit quiet but small pinkies have been in good numbers, and the odd seven-giller has been caught at night.

The beach fishing has also seen some big seven-gillers, pinkies, elephant fish and the odd whiting.

Fitzroy and Surrey rivers are producing some good bream on baits and hardbodies and plastic lures.

What’s on for June

We should still certainly see decent numbers of tuna, and hopefully a little closer for everyone to access. At this time of the year they tend to come into shallower water from Lawrences Rock to Cape Nelson. The smaller skirt lures are hot items for these fish. This time last year also saw some big barrels caught in these waters, which is everyone's dream to hook a big 80kg+ fish.

The breakwater should still see sharks at night and hopefully some of the big salmon should start getting around, which are great on salmon lures and plastics.

Generally the north shore area fishes well for school sharks, gummy sharks and gillers in June, right up to the Fitzroy River mouth. Plenty of berley and good baits are the key.

The bay should still see flathead and whiting and the odd shark from the boats. I find drifting for these guys gets you a good mixed bag, but anchoring will also give great results. Pipis and whitebait are great for the whiting and flatties and big baits for the sharks.

We should also start seeing some great salmon from the beaches, which get stirred up a lot. They are great off the surf and put up a great fight. Light gear makes great fun!

The rivers are a great place to catch bream and also good for shelter fishing as the weather starts to get colder and the wind gets up.

• For all your fishing and weather reports you can contact us at Portland Compleat Angler on 03 5521 1844 or see us at 61 Bentinck street next to the Gordon Hotel.


Andrew with a very decent albacore. Most of these fish are in big numbers off the shelf.


A great feed from the north shore.

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