Festive Lee Snapper
  |  First Published: December 2005

January will see yellowtail kingfish the target for many locals and holiday-makers alike although there’s been plenty of other fish about.

Land based anglers have been enjoying some good catches of snapper, gummy shark, whiting and calamari off the Lee Breakwall. Fish the rising tide or falling top of the tide, dawn and dusk, with fresh bait for best results.

Paul and Bev Lozogo of Melbourne recently landed a prize 7.5kg snapper off the Lee. Also fishing the Lee was Joe Khil from Melbourne. Amongst his bag was a great 25kg gummy shark.

Locals George Parfett was happy with his 4.5kg snapper – great eating fish at this size, and Ken Beams managed a lovely 46cm, 1kg whiting.

Horsham identity Terry (the painter) Pearce landed an 85cm snapper, also from the Lee, to take home.

Inside the harbour, trevally, whiting and pinkies are still being caught in good numbers and sizes from the marina. The canal is producing mullet and salmon.

Along the north shore local Nigel Stevens will be eating flake for a while after catching two nice school sharks at 10kg and 20kg whilst surf fishing at the Fitzroy River mouth.

Don Duck, another local, caught a reasonable school shark at Snapper Point just to prove that they’re spread around the coast.

The boaties have also been doing well along the north shore. Wilf Iddons caught a 9kg gummy shark and a 4.5kg snapper.

Mathew Martin caught a 6kg snapper from under the water tower, near Nuns Beach.

Around the back between Lawrence Rock and the Cape Nelson lighthouse, boat anglers have been catching blue morwong, coral perch, gummy shark, seven-gill shark and plenty of good snapper.

Along to Blacknose, the whiting have been appearing in the usual spot and the flathead grounds haven’t been disappointing either.

Lately, some terrific catches of whiting, snapper and sharks have been seen on the gutting tables in the evenings courtesy of the new boat ramp camera, accessible via www.wildblue.com.au. If you aren’t interested in the fish then just check out the fantastic views.

Don’t forget Portland Bait & Tackle’s fishing competition on the weekend of 21 and 22 January. All proceeds will be going to charity. There are prizes for the heaviest snapper ($1,000), heaviest yellowtail ($1,000) and the heaviest whiting ($500). There are also great prizes for the juniors. For further details contact the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle on (03) 5523 5213 or (03) 5523 1225, we’re open 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm.

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