Sizzling Breakwall Snapper
  |  First Published: October 2005

Just when you think the fishing is great, it even gets better!

Local Jim Owen, fishing off the Lee Breakwall recently, landed a prize-sized 92cm, 10kg snapper with the help of his brother Richard, who jumped into the water up to his waist to gaff the monster. Richard also landed a 6kg gummy shark to add to his brother’s great catch.

Bill Ukins from Melbourne also had a nice catch with an 82cm, 8kg snapper from the Lee. With the arrival of spring weather, fishing along the Lee Breakwall can only get better. Keep an eye on the tides and use fresh bait. Pull out a chair from your car, throw a bait in the water and you just never know what quality fresh fish you may take home.

Other catches off the Lee have included calamari, lots of size snapper and gummy sharks.

Around the corner and into the harbour, the marina has been producing lots of trevally up to and over 1kg, calamari to 1kg and the odd whiting.

The canal near where the cray boats tie up has been another hot spot, with catches of mullet, black bream, trevally and sporadic slimy mackerel to 1kg.

Calamari, small snapper, whiting and gummy shark are some of the catches coming from the boats fishing the North Shore. Land-based fishermen are also producing nice catches of snapper and gummy shark, with Snapper Point being the hot spot.

Plenty of quality fish have come from 50-60m between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson. Julian Dickeson from Hamilton had a mixed bag of fish, mainly ling and snapper, while local Kevin Walters caught three large gummies weighing over 10kg.

Malcolm Eastern caught a nice 71cm blue queen morwong weighing 4.5kg, which was only part of his catch of morwong, snapper, flathead and other mixed goodies. Other boats in the area all had good catches of edible size fish in the most underrated fishing spot in Victoria.

This report only covers some of the fish caught recently in this area. I couldn’t list everyone’s catches as there were just too many to mention.

Give us a call for up-to-date information on locations and techniques at Portland Bait and Tackle on (03) 5523 5213 or (03) 5523 1225. We’re open 7 days a week from 7.30am to 6.00pm. Here’s to better fishing more often!

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