With great weather, autumn fishing in Portland Bay and the harbour region has been at its best. Locals and tourists alike have been enjoying a fantastic variety of catches. Blue sharks, threshers, the odd mako and gummies have all been landed.
One gummy shark caught off the North Shore by Portland’s David Jarrett weighed in at 32kg and measured 1.7m. He caught it on local squid amongst a catch of snapper. It just goes to show that if you haven’t got a bait in the water, you’re not in with a chance at whatever’s lurking beneath.
A lot of good fish have been cut up on the fish cleaning tables lately including sweep to nearly 1kg, morwong, snapper upwards of 35cm, whiting, flathead, pike, haddock, trevally, salmon and large numbers of couta. Both land based and boat based anglers have taken their fair share of these species.
The odd mulloway has also been caught. Young angler, Jesse Murray, was fishing with his dad and caught a 3.5kg mulloway over at North Shore.
Another local, Vern McCallum, showed off his great catch of a 63cm+ snapper caught near Murrell’s Beach. So there’s definitely some big fish around! Snapper will start moving out into the 20m to 60m depths from now until winter but there’s plenty of autumn fishing for those keen anglers that are quick.
There’s still good land based angling off the Lee Breakwall, Harbour, Marina and Canal as Ben Ninbs from Stawell discovered when he caught a 6kg, 82cm snapper from the Lee Breakwall.
Fishing into May, this area should be watched closely as conditions can change quickly. For up to date information about the angling around the district, contact the boys at Portland Bait and Tackle on (03) 5523 5213. We’re open seven days a week from 7am to 7pm.
Portland local David Jarrett landed this 32kg gummy shark in early April on a squid bait.Reads: 1954