Portland pips the post
  |  First Published: December 2014

I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year and hope the fishing trips this year are huge.

The fishing has been a bit up and down over the last six weeks with the deep water towards the shelf producing some very nice blue-eye and blue grenadier and ling on the big drops. Quite a few of the guys are using whole calamari and large fish fillets to entice these great fish.

Flathead, gummies and school sharks have been fishing well towards Bridgewater Bay in around 50-80m. Squid rigs work very well for the flathead around that area, as well as baits like squid, pilchards and tommies.

The fishing back around the bay to North Shore have seen some good results on whiting, flathead, pinkies and squid, but on the other hand some days have been ordinary. This will hopefully change as the water starts to warm up.

Our snapper season off the breakwater has been a bit down on last year’s numbers, however the ones that have been caught are great fish. The wall has also seen some nice salmon, squid, whiting, gummies and seven gillers. Best baits for the breakwall seem to be squid, pilchards and couta fillets for the larger fish and pipis, white bait and blue baits for the smaller ones.

Also lures and soft plastics are great off the wall. Bait jigs under floats have produced some great squid.

The Fitzroy River has been very good with some nice bream, mullet plus the odd mulloway. Hardbody lures and soft plastics work very well for bream, and small baits and berley for the mullet.

The beaches from the North Shore to Discovery Bay have been ok with pinkies, whiting, salmon, sharks and the odd mulloway.


This January we should be see our almighty kingfish moving in and around the bay and North Shore. These guys are a fantastic fighting fish and they attract a lot of anglers.

The North Shore area is generally a hot spot for these guys and a lot of anglers fish under a balloon with fresh squid or live baits; others will troll with squid strips, garfish and hardbody lures.

We should also see some good catches of pinkie snapper, whiting, squid, sharks and baitfish in around the North Shore. The bay area sees a lot of action!

Cape Nelson Lighthouse to Bridgewater Bay should be on fire with the warmer water and see great catches of flathead, snapper, gummies and school sharks, and the makos should be on the prowl. The water around 140m and beyond should see trumpeter, snapper, sharks, blue-eye, knife jaw, ling and other deep water species.

The breakwater this time of year is alive with pinkie snappy and other good fish like whiting, salmon, gummy and school sharks, squid and the odd kingfish, which will get anyone exited.

The beach fishing is on the improve through the summer months and always a great option through those nice summer evenings.

If you prefer river fishing you have the option of the Surry River or the Fitzroy River, which are only short drives from Portland. These river systems can produce some nice bream, mullet and mulloway. Also a great and safe spot for the kids.

• For all your fishing needs and weather, fishing reports come on in and see the boys at Portland Compleat Anger 61 Bentinck Street next to the Gordon Hotel or contact us on 03 55211844. Fishing licences are also available in store.

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