Gummy Sharks Exposed
  |  First Published: August 2006

Winter fishing in Portland has been excellent with gummy sharks moving throughout our waters.

They move in groups when migrating past and can usually be caught in numbers once you’ve found them. For those targeting these fine eating fish, fresh and well-presented baits produce the best results.

Gummy sharks have been coming in from the Surrey River mouth, North Shore, the Lee Breakwall and out the back in 60m.

Local Paul Benbow fished off the Lee Breakwall recently and landed a 9kg gummy.

Steve Manly from Geelong was out surf fishing the Surrey River mouth and caught a 19kg, 192cm gummy along with a mixed bag of salmon and mullet.

Another local, Paul Melblom, brought home a 20kg gummy to fill his freezer from along the North Shore.

As well as gummy sharks, salmon to 3kg have been coming in from Shelleys Beach, Crumpets and Bishop Rocks, giving land-based fishers a great day’s outing.

Grass whiting have been keeping countless anglers busy at the cleaning tables. Those using fresh prawns and fishing from the marina and the reclaimed area in the harbour have done best.

For those fishing in the canal there have been plenty of mullet as Darren Hartman and his son can vouch for. They got a 900g specimen amongst their catch for the day. Along with grass whiting and mullet, silver trevally have started to appear. They are always good fun on light gear!

For those fishing from boats around Portland, weather permitting, the Portland Sport and Game Fishing Club’s last outing produced some good catches from the 60 to 80m mark between Lawrence Rock and the Cape Nelson lighthouse.

Albert Buchner enjoyed a fine feed of bottom fish including good sized ling and morwong.

Darren Dyson and crew had some blue morwong amongst their bag.

John Fenton was unlucky, dropping a nice gummy shark at the boat.

Other anglers have had similar success in 60m, which is no surprise to the locals at this time of year.

For those venturing out the back looking for tuna, the action hasn’t been great even though krill, diving birds and dolphins have all been present. But you never know!

Land-based anglers fishing the North Shore have been catching snapper between 800g and 2kg along with good sized salmon and the odd mulloway.

For all your fishing needs and the latest information, call in and see the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle. We’re open 7 days a week with new winter hours of 7.30am to 6.30pm. Our new outboard mechanic is also available for all your boating service needs and repairs.

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