Tuna season fast approaching
  |  First Published: March 2015

The months are fast turning around again and the talk is already out there for another big tuna season ahead. We have already seen a few caught again in the early months and shallow waters around the North Shore. Most are around the 15-20kg mark.

The tuna have appeared early for a few seasons now but generally not in big numbers. Let's hope it's another good sign of things to come.

Other fishing in the area at the moment has been very good. For a good feed of blue-eye, trumpeter, sharks and other deep bottom fish, the guys have been heading towards the shelf and deep dropping. Most anglers these days are using electric reels to make life a little easier for these long hulls from the bottom.

Cape Nelson Lighthouse area has been fishing very well for makos and some in very large sizes.

Further around to Bridgwater Bay area the flathead have been in good numbers and some great sizes as well. Also mixed in with them have been school and gummy sharks, so not a bad mix and some of the best eating fish in one area.

Fish this side of Lawrences Rock and you will score some very good whiting and flathead on the drift or anchored up around Black Nose Point.

There have been great feeds of pinky snapper from the North Shore area plus sharks, squid, whiting and the mighty kingfish. Pinkies, school shark, gummy sharks, salmon, kingfish, some good size squid and the odd large snapper have been caught off the breakwater. The harbour is also hot for kingfish.

The beach around the North Shore right up to the Fitzroy River has seen some great school sharks, mulloway plus some nice snapper.


Generally we get great fishing days from March to June and also great results of fish.

The tuna fishing is normally underway and people will start sorting out their big fishing trips to Portland. This time of year we see the guys heading to the shelf to catch tuna and hope to pick up some albacore, which seems to be a big favourite and very good eating fish.

If the weather is suitable out on the shelf, of course the deep bottom drops are worthwhile for the chance of blue-eye, ling, knife jaw and such like.

It is a great time to catch a mako, snapper and other varieties of good table fish in the deep waters around Cape Nelson. Further around to Cape Bridgewater you will come into some great flathead ground with gummies and schoolies mixed in. The Squid'em rigs are great for this area.

Around the bay to North Shore is generally still alive with great table fish on offer, such as whiting, flathead, sharks, squid, and snapper just to name a handful. Also the chances of a kingfish hanging around is high.

The breakwater this time of year has seen some big snapper come back through up to Easter time but witha lot of pinkies mixed in. Salmon, squid, whiting, trevally and sharks are also around the wall .

The guys that love their beach fishing also have a lot of success on school and gummy sharks and love chasing mulloway along the northern beaches and Discovery Bay. Salmon and gummies off the Bridgewater Beach is also a very good option.

Don't forget the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers for your bream, mullet, salmon and the odd mulloway as these rivers are a great option too.

• For all your fishing and weather reports you can contact us at Portland Compleat Angler on 03 55211844 or call in at 61 bentinck street next to the Gordon hotel. We also have all your fishing gear and bait needs plus licences regulation books and stickers.

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