Brad and Alan’s 60kg Blue Shark
  |  First Published: September 2005

Keen anglers, able to pick the weather, have not been disappointed in recent weeks.

Alan Nicholls and Brad Stuchbury were rewarded with a 60kg, 7ft blue shark fishing around the 50m mark between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson. Alan also caught a 3kg snapper over on the North Shore so he was certainly one happy chap.

Mark Holt recently managed a great catch of flathead from the popular grounds in front of the smelter.

One of the local charter boats found some quality snapper for their clients: over two dozen a trip from 30m of water behind Lawrence Rock. Good fresh bait and fishing the top of the tide certainly payed off.

Land-based anglers have been catching a good variety of fish too. Rocky Nerie and his mate fished the Lee Breakwall and landed 4 gummy sharks between 6 and 10kg.

Sonny Chapman caught a seven gill shark of over 1.5m while Aaron Ryan caught a 10.5kg rock ling, which is a big ling in anyone’s language. Small to medium sized snapper have also been landed in amongst all the action.

Along the North Shore, Snapper Point has been producing some good snapper. Kim McElliney landed 8 snapper between 30 and 35cm and a nice seven gill shark.

Jeff Hanley, fishing in front of the Henty Bay Caravan Park, caught 7 snapper of around 35cm using local squid.

Malcolm Barko landed a 5kg mulloway just to prove that these fellows are still moving along this part of the coast.

In the harbour, some of the bigger fishing action has come about off the marina jetty with yellow eye mullet and gold striped trevally up to 1kg hitting the deck. Fish the marina with light gear, small hooks and a little berley. Use fresh bait such as pipis or pilchard fillets with very little or no lead.

The canal has also been fishing well. Mike Sheehan landed 15 slimy mackerel up to 50cm, while Col Doherty from Hamilton landed 15 sand whiting, 3 bream and 2 trevally for a good day on the water.

At this time of the year bream are on the move to breed and are easier to catch. The canal in Portland, the Fitzroy River and Killarney are all good spots. The 80km long Glenelg River, with its mullet and mulloway, is another fantastic spot.

Give us a call at Portland Bait & Tackle for the latest fishing news – (03) 5523 5213 or (03) 5523 1225. We’re open 7 days a week from 8am to 5.30pm (winter trading hours). Here’s to better fishing more often!

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