Well what a tuna season we have had with some great weather over the last 8 weeks to back it up.
A few times we have seen the boat ramp and parking areas overflow into big numbers of boat trailers. Some anglers were lucky enough to score that fish of a lifetime, some exceeding the magical 100kg mark, but the school fish and albacore this season were fantastic and at one stage quite a few mahi mahi were coming in as well.
This year’s best producing lures were the Richter Soft Grassy in UV colours, especially the blue, and the Fat Boy skirt range went well too. The general range of Polu Kai, Williamson and Black Magic skirted lures, X-Rap and Halco lures also did the job. These are now standard lures to have in Portland and keep producing fish year in and year out.
Other fishing around Portland has seen the breakwater on the quiet side but some good salmon have been caught and some of the anglers have been catching seven gill sharks at night and the odd gummy shark too. The sharks certainly like the blood lines out of the tuna frames and most of the salmon have been caught on lures.
The bay has had some good catches of flathead between 30-40cm and some winter whiting are starting to show up also. Anglers are still finding flathead and good whiting while drifting and using white bait, blue bait, pilchards, squid and pippis .Add in some good snook and salmon being caught by those trolling lures around and the bay is fishing pretty consistently.
Some good salmon have been caught on the beaches from North Shore to Bridgewater Bay mainly on lures and blue baits.
Some great fish are being found in the deep water when weather permits with blue eye, ling, knife jaw, blue grenadier and more being taken by those willing to do the long drop and lift.
A little closer in around Cape Nelson to Bridgewater, good fish like flathead, snapper, gummies, schoolies, makos and morwong have been lining angler’s bags. These fish are taking a wide range of baits from pippis through to big fresh baits like squid and salmon depending on the target fish of course.
The Surrey and Fitzroy rivers are still producing bream and the odd mulloway. Prawns, worms and a wide range of lures and soft plastics are great for these fish but persistence is needed if you want to have success.
August, depending on the weather, can still be a great time to fish. We may still see the odd tuna come in but most anglers are finished with the season and looking at the next challenge .
This generally see the anglers going for the mighty trumpeter and big snapper on the big bottom drops and we also see some great winter sharks coming in. Good sized makos, bronzies, gummy and school sharks are all possibilities in August. This certainly depends on the weather as we see some big swells and rough winter storms coming through Portland at this time of year.
One good thing about the rough weather it stirs up the breakwater and we will start seeing the mighty snapper in big sizes being caught and this certainly pulls a lot of interested anglers, including the local anglers fighting for the most and biggest snapper caught over the next couple of months. It’s a lot of fun for the locals and they chase the title hard.
We are well into the salmon season too and these are great fun from the beach, boat and rocks taking lures and baits. These salmon can show up at any stage and make a great day’s fishing.
The bay should still fish well for flathead and the whiting should still be around. Sharks off the North Shore area right up to the Fitzroy River mouth are always worth chasing in August.
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