Portland off and racing
  |  First Published: November 2007

Those anglers still braving the unpredictable spring weather can look forward to summer approaching, which in turn will bring snapper close to the North Shore and the Lee Breakwall. Melbourne Cup weekend is traditionally the start of the summer snapper run.

The Lee Breakwall, for those there at the right time and using the right technique, has been producing good results. Nelson Millich landed a 4.7kg snapper. Wayne Turner caught a similar 4.6kg snapper, along with a 3kg gummy shark. Keith Boots landed a seven-gilled shark of 1.8m. These are just a few of the most recent catches from this great platform. Other catches from the breakwall have included good-sized calamari squid, barracouta, rock ling and King George whiting.

In and around the harbour, the marina is producing calamari squid, while the canal has mullet, trevally and bream to keep anglers busy.

Those fishing the North Shore and beyond, by surf or boat, have caught gummy sharks, school sharks, seven-gilled sharks, legal-sized snapper, salmon, ‘couta, calamari squid and the odd mulloway. Local, Michael Huff, fishing off the surf somewhere between Snapper Point and ‘the hole in the wall’, landed a personal best mulloway of 11.38kg – just to show that these fellows are beginning to make their presence felt.

Others who have fished out the back, in 60–80m water between Cape Nelson Lighthouse and Cape Bridgewater, are having success with large flathead, gummy sharks, morwong and snapper.

Now that the footy is over for the year, it is time to get your gear out and prepare it for the approaching season. It looks like it is going to be another great year.

Don’t forget to mark on your calendar the weekend of January 19/20, 2008, which is when we hold our annual fishing competition. It’s your chance to win $1000 cash!

For all your latest fishing info and weather updates, give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on 03 55235213. We are open 7 days a week from 7am–7pm.

Nelson Millich with 4.7kg snapper. Melbourne Cup weekend is tradtionally the start of the spring snapper run.

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