Kingfish fever hits Portland
  |  First Published: March 2006

Smoking reels and peeling lines have typified the action of late. Yellowtail kingfish have had locals and tourists alike bringing home 7 to 14kg fish. Most days there have been around 50 boats fishing at Snapper Point, with 20 to 30 kingfish a day appearing at the cleaning tables.

On weekends you’ll see up to 70 boats and trailers at the ramp, with most boats arriving back just on dark. The boat ramp is the number one spot to go and see one of these mighty yellowtail and hear all abut its capture.

Melbourne’s Jason Kennedy and his film crew from The Best of Fishing Trips, Stop The Bus were down here filming for channel 31. They caught two yellowtail on their first trip to Snapper Point.

Jamie Peel and his mate from Melbourne caught a nice 13kg yellowtail while local Wilf Iddon caught four to 9kg.

Kevin McNabb from Colac managed his bag of five kingfish to 7kg. I could mention a lot of other successful anglers but the list is just too long to name them all.

Moving away from the kingfish fever, a lot of other species have also been caught. Fishing at Cod Splatt, Sonny Capple landed a 22kg gummy shark. Along and around the back to the 60 to 80m mark, mako and bronze whaler sharks have appeared, sounding alarm bells for mulloway as they tend to all swim together. This bodes well for the mulloway season over the next month. Local Brodie Carter caught a good 85kg mako shark recently fishing these local waters.

Around the bay there have been good catches of whiting, snapper, flathead, gummy sharks and the odd mulloway. Local Ryan Lindsay was fishing from the shore when he caught a nice 4.7kg mulloway off Snapper Point. The Lee Breakwall has also been fishing well for snapper and whiting.

In the harbour off the marina, anglers have been picking up whiting, pinkies and bream. Off the trawler wharf, the main catches have been snapper and whiting. In the canal, bream, small pinkies and mullet have been keeping the young anglers keen.

If you want to follow the action at the Portland boat ramp, log on to www.wildblue.com.au and go to the web cam site for all the live action.

For further details contact the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle on (03) 5523 5213 or (03) 5523 1225. We’re open seven days a week from 7am to 7pm. We are relocating our main store to 111 Bentinck Road as of 4 March. All phone numbers will remain the same.

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