Portland anglers march towards tuna time
  |  First Published: March 2007

A variety of fish have been caught around Portland during February, but as we head into March southern bluefin tuna are on everybody’s mind.

Last March saw the arrival of 70kg+ bluefin in the deep water off Portland. A trip to the continental shelf last weekend revealed torpedo squid, fellows tuna, slimy mackerel, 2kg barracouta, dolphins feeding, a vast build up of krill plus thousands of feeding mutton and tuna birds. It pays to keep an eye on these signs as its all part of the food chain that the bluefin tuna seem to follow.

The 60–90m line is still paying out the normal run of fish for those who have been out there fishing the higher part of the tide. Julian Dickeson and crew caught a great 120kg mako shark. There have also been sporadic reports of gummy shark, flathead, flying gurnard, coral perch, morwong and snapper coming in from this area.

Along the north shore a lot of anglers have been waiting for the big yellowtail kingfish to get active as the water clears and the temperature continues to increase. VFM’s Warrnambool area reporter Mark Gercovich showed his skills landing three yellowtail weighing 10kg, 11kg and 14kg.

A good variety of 3kg salmon, smaller yellowtail to 3kg, calamari squid, snook, slimy mackerel and trevally have also been coming in from the north shore.

Maher Kozak, a land-based angler from Melbourne fishing at Snapper Point caught a nice 9.8kg mulloway. Local Michael Huff followed suit with his 9kg mulloway.

Fishing off the Lee Breakwall, snapper to 5kg, whiting and the odd gummy shark have all been caught along this famous land-based icon. Ivan Siniapu’s 3.7kg snapper off the Lee has been one of the many snapper caught over the past month.

Fishing inside the harbour a lot of fishermen have been having fun with the schools of smaller yellowtail, along with trevally, snapper, whiting and salmon.

Off the marina calamari squid, whiting, trevally and pan-sized snapper have been keeping the young and young-at-heart anglers busy.

Give us a call here at Portland Bait & Tackle on (03) 5523 5213 for all your latest fishing information and weather reports. We are open 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm.

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