There will be plenty of summer species available for anglers at Portland in January. So far this season there have been good reports of mako shark, yellowtail kingfish, seven-gill shark and snapper.
Bob McPherson reports that the Port Fairy Fishing Club has been finding good numbers of mako shark in recent times. Tim Clark and Bob caught a 2.4m mako shark in 60m of water off Cape Nelson lighthouse. Mako shark are one of the world’s top gamefish and Portland is lucky enough to have this top quality fish in its backyard. The biggest mako caught in this area last year was a 320kg+ monster.
Whiting have been caught in the Blacknose area by anglers using fresh squid and pipis. Good-sized flathead have also kept anglers happy 2-3km off Blacknose. Local Lockie Wombwell and crew bagged out on flathead ranging from 35-50cm.
Over to the north shore yellowtail kingfish have begun to fire up with one boat catching 23 kingfish before releasing 19 and keeping four. The average fish weight was 8-10kg. Mulloway have also been landed with local Steve Atkinson catching 3 mulloway to 10kg while local land-based angler Nigel Simmons caught a 12kg mulloway. Whiting, snapper and gummy shark are also being caught along the north shore. Steve Grant caught 12 whiting all above 42cm while out boating. Land-based angler Ryan Lindsay and son Jacob also caught two nice gummies (1.5kg and 2.5kg) also along the north shore.
Heading back into the bay the Lee Breakwall is giving the land-based anglers the chance to get a photo on the wall. Ray Pryor and Peter Day from Coleraine landed a 1.9m seven-gill shark that weighed 30kg. Ray also hooked into a yellowtail kingfish which was eventually lost “at his feet” after some help from the pesky seals lazing in the area.
The Lee Breakwater has turned the fishing on again with great catches of snapper and calamari squid reported. Snapper to 8kg have been landed but most fish are around 2-3kg. Warwick McEachen caught four 40cm whiting and Tony Mathews landed several good calamari squid. Lots of other locals have been targeting this great fresh bait while fishing off the Lee.
Inside the harbour trevally to 1kg are still being caught off the reclaimed area along with snapper and the odd whiting. The marina jetty has had catches of calamari squid, whiting, trevally, and snapper. Over at the canal black bream, mullet and mackerel have been keeping anglers keen.
Portland’s fishing will fire up in January, so get as much information from the local tackle shops about the species you’re targeting. These guys have a lot of hands-on experience to share with customers.
Don’t forget our 3rd Annual Fishing Competition on the 20-21 January for your chance to win $1000 cash.
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