Winter fishing in Portland Bay and the harbour region has produced plenty of fish lately and there have been lots of anglers making the most of it.
Anglers heading ‘out the back’ to depths of 50m to 80m off Lawrence Rock and in between the Cape Nelson Lighthouse have not been disappointed. Gummy sharks, morwong, blue queen morwong, snapper, coral perch and large flathead have all been landed.
Local Dick Crouch was one of many showing off his catch of gummy sharks to 10kg, snapper between 45cm and 60cm, morwong to 3kg and coral perch.
The local charter boys have also had very happy customers with fresh fish to take home.
In closer to the harbour there have been some good whiting from the Blacknose area. Steven Powell from Warracknabeal caught two of them, the largest of which was approaching 1kg. That’s quite a fish!
Along to the North Shore, winter snook, salmon and snapper have been caught, although most are at the smaller end of the spectrum.
Heading back towards the harbour from the North Shore there have been some nice snook and salmon coming from in front of the water tower.
Inside the harbour Sam Martin caught a 4.5kg snapper near the silos. He also landed plate-sized snapper, haddock and slimy mackerel.
The young anglers have also been doing well with trevally to 1kg, black bream and the odd whiting caught off the Marina. Mullet have been caught from the canal.
Land-based anglers off the Lee Breakwater on the ocean side of the harbour have caught some good snapper. Santo Sutherland caught two good snapper at 4.2kg and 5.5kg along with smaller fish too.
In Bridgwater Bay the salmon have fired up with fish from 1kg to 1.8kg. Local Mike Sheehan recently caught eight on whitebait.
With no signs yet of any bluefin tuna showing up there’s still a vast range of species on offer down this way. Give us a call at Portland Bait & Tackle for the latest fishing news – (03) 5523 5213. Our new winter hours are 8am to 5.30pm seven days a week. Better fishin’ - more often!Reads: 1989