Large Bay Calamari
  |  First Published: November 2005

In recent weeks, calamari to 3.5kg have been making their presence felt. With any luck these giants should hang around as we head into the summer months.

Darren Hartmann from Portland landed two beauties weighing 3.5kg and 2.4kg off the Lee Breakwall. He also caught four smaller ones between 1.5 and 2kg. With the calamari arriving, now is the time to target snapper, particularly off the Lee Breakwall.

In the harbour, off the marina jetty, fishermen and children have been enjoying some exciting trevally fishing. Numerous fish have been weighed in at 1kg, with mullet also being caught in the same location.

One good technique is to use a small whiting hook (size 4 or 6), light line and very little lead, and float a piece of pilchard fillet into the water while lightly ground baiting.

At the moment, mid morning is a good time, but pick a rising high tide for these fellows.

In the canal, bream, mullet, mackerel and trevally have also been landed. However, the best catch would have to be the 2.6m, 59.5kg blue shark caught by Rocky and Michael from Melbourne. While fishing for bream they noticed a large object surfing past in the water. They quickly grabbed their heaviest fishing outfit and the rest is history – for the shark anyway.

Along the north shore, Snapper Point is still producing nice catches of snapper as local Kim McEllinney found out. Large trevally are also about in the surf. Kim managed four of them up to 2.5kg.

The boaties are also doing well along this part of the coast with catches of whiting, snapper and the odd gummy shark. Local Allan Mitchell brought home a nice bag of snapper on his recent outing. Doug Lucas also came home with a nice feed of whiting up to 1kg. Now that’s a serious whiting!

Out to the 50-60m mark between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson, the ground swell is still yielding good catches of morwong, as Tim Clarke discovered. This location can be an excellent spot in good weather.

The cray fishers have reported good numbers of snapper in their craypots, before pulling their pots out of the water for the season. This is a sure sign that the snapper season will soon be with us.

fishing competition

An event to mark in your calendar is Portland Bait & Tackle’s second fishing competition. This fantastic weekend will be run on the weekend of January 21 and 22 in 2006. All proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Portland Police Less Advantaged Children’s Fund. Our first competition had 205 entrants with all prizes being won. We also raised $3,000 for our charities. Prizes include heaviest snapper ($1,000), heaviest yellowtail ($1,000) and heaviest whiting ($500). There are also heaps of cash prizes for juniors.

For further details, contact the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle on (03) 5523 5213 or (03) 5523 1225. They are open 7 days a week, with new summer hours from 7am to 7pm.

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