Variety Despite Cooler Water
  |  First Published: April 2006

A variety of fish have been caught with tourists and locals all enjoying what Portland Bay has to offer.

Anglers have been catching mako, blue and gummy sharks out behind Lawrence Rock. Local Joe Cardillo, with the help of his fishing crew, landed a whopping 73kg mako recently.

Other anglers have also been weighing in plenty of makos ranging from 50 to 95kg. Makos are an acrobatic sportfish that should be treated with respect. If you don’t have much experience using the gaff then make sure you are fully aware of what you’re doing before you try to pin one of these dangerous fish. Otherwise, you may have an uninvited and angry new crewmember aboard.

Good size snapper, blue morwong, coral perch and flathead have also been caught in the area from Lawrence Rock to the lighthouse in depths of 60 to 80m.

Blue whales and calves, large schools of dolphins and flocks of birds can be seen in this area feeding on the rich krill that is in vast quantities at this time of year. This is a good sign that southern blue fin tuna have arrived.

Speaking of southern blue fin, it looks like it’s going to be another great season. When fishing the harbour recently, near the grain silos, we saw six southern blue fin cruising around. All looked to be at least 30kg.

Good numbers of trevally, snapper and whiting are also available in the harbour. Anglers fishing from the marina have had their hands full with whiting, mullet, squid and trevally.

There have been some great catches off the Lee Breakwall recently. Gordon caught a nice 22kg seven-gilled shark, and local Geoff Sturzaker caught a beaut calamari. Other anglers have been doing well with whiting to 1kg, snapper from 2 to 3kg and the odd gummy shark.

Along the north shore yellowtail kingfish have slowed down but the odd 7 to 9kg specimen is still appearing at the cleaning tables. Local Gary Fillipano caught a great 9kg yellowtail on his last outing.

Good size snapper, whiting, pike, large salmon and flathead are also coming in from along the north shore.

For more up-to-date information about catch reports give us a call at Portland Bait & Tackle on (03) 5523 5213. We’re open 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm. Come and check out our new main store at 111 Bentwick St, Portland, for all your fishing gear and marine supplies.


Local Geoff Sturzaker with a calamari from the Lee Breakwall.


Jason Oakley (left), Aaron Vellus and Joe Cardillo with a 73kg mako caught from behind Lawrence Rock.

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