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Sharks – the new Portland tuna
  |  First Published: December 2015



Things are certainly heating up in Portland and there’s no better season to come and spend some time in our hometown. As most people are aware, we’ve just had one of the biggest tuna seasons with tuna exceeding the 100kg mark. These fabulous fish have really put Portland and other areas around the southwest on the international map as the word spread like wild fire.

Now the run has somewhat settled, we can turn our focus to summer fishing, which can be just as much fun. The big boys will still certainly run to the shelf on the good days and put their electric reels down to catch blue eye trevalla, blue grenadier, knife jaw and pink ling. You can also come back in around the 140m mark and take your chances on trumpeter, snapper, morwong, sharks etc. Around these parts, the fishing is always exciting – you never know what you may pull up from the depths.

Summertime also sees Bridgewater Bay fish very well, good size flathead, gummies, and school shark are the main targets. Squid, pilchards, salmon, and couta are all good baits for this area. Goodsized makos will start making an appearance around the Rock and Cape Nelson now as well as big thresher sharks through out the bay. Our mighty king fish will also emerge around the bay and north shore, especially if the water temperature rises quickly. The Lee breakwater will see plenty of action through December and school holidays as people from everywhere bring their families to fish. There’s still a good chances of big snapper and pinkies, and species such as whiting, squid, salmon, trevally, gummies, schoolies, kingfish, and many seven gillers to name a few. The bay around to the north shore fishes very well for flathead, whiting, squid, sharks and bait fish such as mackeral, salmon, and silver whiting. I myself love drifting around our bay, as you never know what you might catch. Quite a few people start ballooning their baits around the north shore in case of king fish or a good shark. Also fish the sandy patches in the shallow waters around the north for good size whiting. The beach fishing should also be in good order at this time of year as we generally see some good sharks around plus the odd mulloway. Other good fish include snapper, kingfish, whiting etc.

If you wish to try somewhere else, the river systems are another good option. We have at close hand the Surrey River and the Fitzroy River and, not far down the road is have the mighty Glenelg. Remember, when you are in Portland call in and see the team at Compleat Angler to help you with your fishing needs. You can also call us on 03 5211844 for all weather and fishing updates. Fishing licences, regulation books and stickers are also available instore.Have a great month of fishing!

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