With the end of the southern bluefin tuna run, there are still plenty of winter fish to be caught. Portland has been wet and cold with its usual unsettled weather, but there is always the chance to throw a line in somewhere.
When the weather permits, fish available in 70m of water off Cape Nelson include gummy shark, school shark, queen morwong, morwong, snapper and coral perch, to name a few. Southwest Charters had a great day out keeping clients happy fishing for these species and catching a good feed.
In August, anglers who prefer to stay closer to shore could target sweep from the cliff edges, while snook can be sourced from the shallow reefs. Other fishermen will tackle flathead while some of the experienced ones will endeavour to find our King George whiting.
Over on the North Shore in front of the Surrey and Fitzroy rivers there have been reports of gummy sharks, school sharks and seven-gilled sharks being landed by adventurous types putting in the time during the high tides. Surf fishermen along the North Shore have also been exposing sharks, along with salmon and snapper.
For those fishing off the Lee Breakwall, large barracouta have been accounting for a lot of lost tackle but there have also been catches of snapper, sharks, salmon and the odd whiting.
Inside the harbour, grass whiting around the Discovery Marine Centre and the reclaimed area have been keeping many an angler busy, with the best bait being prawns. Off the marina, calamari squid, trevally, whiting and snapper have also been caught. For those chasing salmon, Shelleys Beach and Bishops Rocks at Bridgewater have fired up, with some fish weighing over 2kg. Pivot Beach and Blacknose have also been producing good-sized salmon.
Late winter sees the bream on their spawning run. Fishing in the canal has produced black bream from 30–45cm, along with good catches of mullet. Keith Boots of Portland landed a nice 39cm black bream on his latest outing. Similarly, the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers have produced good-sized bream. The best results have come from anglers using fresh prawns, Ecogear SX-40 hard-bodied lures or the Berkley range of soft lures.
If you are thinking of heading this way give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call. We are open 7 days a week, usually from 7 am to 7 pm (depending on weather). Give us a call on 03 5523 5213 or drop in to see us at 111 Bentinck St, Portland – we can give you all the latest weather and information on what’s biting where.Reads: 646