Portland promises good weather
  |  First Published: October 2014

The fishing in Portland has been a little slow of late, but most of that is due to the weather, which has made it hard to get out.

On the other hand, when the weather has been kind to us and the swell is down, the deep fishing from Lawrence's Rock out to the shelf has been pretty good.

The waters around the 140m mark have pulled up some beautiful trumpeter, some exceeding 10kg along with some nice snapper up to 7kg with them.

Inside the 140m mark, back to Bridgewater Bay has seen some very nice school sharks, well into the 30kg range along with gummies and some very healthy flathead.

The boys heading to the shelf area have had good feeds of good-sized blue eye, blue grenadier, knife jaw and jem fish. All these are great table fish! In these deep waters, the electric reels are more common these days for these big drops as it certainly takes a lot out of you bringing them up by hand.

Other areas such as the breakwater have finally started to see some big snapper and should get better as the water warms up. We have also seen some nice gummies and some big seven gillers get hauled up. Most guys are using squid and pilchard baits for these fish.

The bay has been OK drifting in around 15-20m of water and on the flats, we have seen some nice flathead and the odd whiting, however they will get better soon.

North Shore a bit quieter, but still a great place to fish.

The river systems have been ok as well, with bream and perch along with the odd mulloway.


In October, we are certainly starting to see some better weather and as long as the wind stays down, the fishing should be good.

Again, the deep water is generally still fishing well for blue eye and a bit further in the trumpeter, snapper and sharks should still be in good numbers.

Around Bridgewater, this time of year can be a really hot area for flathead, schoolies and gummies, especially on the drift. All these fish certainly love squid, pilchards, salmon, couta and mackerel baits.

The breakwater should be producing some good snapper by now as this time last year we saw some great fish up to 10kg. Some nice sharks like gummies and schoolies are generally around along with whiting, flathead, squid and salmon that should be about.

The bay should fish well for flathead and whiting on the flats and snapper, sharks and other reef fish around the bay area.

North Shore fishing has generally fired up as well by now with whiting, snapper, trevally, salmon and sharks just to name a few. The North Shore area off the beaches are also hot fishing spot for some big fish.

All rivers around the area including the Glenelg are in good form at the moment, too.

Good luck to you all on this months fishing adventures!

• For all your fishing needs, fishing reports and weather reports give us a call at Portland Compleat Angler on 0355211844 or call in at 61 Bentinck street Portland next to the Gordon Hotel.

Fishing licences are also available in store.

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