Bracing for Bronzies
  |  First Published: November 2005

With spring quickly moving towards summer the fishing at Port Albert has been a little hit and miss. On the days when it hasn’t blown, the waters have been really calm. But when it’s been windy, you’ve needed more than a chain to stop your dog blowing away.


Greg Vehargan of Moe had a good few days out on the flathead. He took a good feed of flathead home on each of the three days he was down this way. The highlight of his trip was when a seven-gill shark followed a large flathead up to the boat and hung around for sometime. It wasn’t interested in the baits that Greg threw at it, only the flathead that he was bringing up from the bottom.

As for the elusive snapper, I’ve only had the odd report of small fish in the 1-2lb range, and they’re only being caught in ones and twos. It shouldn’t be all that long before the big fish make their yearly appearance at Port Albert and Manns Beach.

The gummies are making their presence felt with a couple of boats bagging out. The best capture I've heard of was off Mann’s in 26m of water. They were good fish: one at 5ft and the other 4ft.

In the coming months offshore the bronze whaler and thresher sharks will make their presence felt. Whale Bay and Cliffy Island have been my two favourite spots for bronzies. Manns to McLoughlins are the places to be for the threshers.


Although the whiting aren’t around in large numbers the few fish that have been caught have been quality ones. The Basket Beacon around to the Busby light seems to be where anglers are getting the odd fish.

There are good numbers of silver trevally inside, with Port Albert jetties and across the bay towards Robinsons Beach being the best spots to fish.

Snapper inside has been a hot topic. All I can tell you is that I’ve had three confirmed captures inside, and the best fish went 3.5lb so they can’t be too far away.

Flathead are starting to move around. I had a good 2-hour session landing four big flathead on soft plastics recently.

Salmon are about in small numbers too and the sizes vary. Small Raiders seem to be the lure of choice.

With the weather improving and the water temperature on the rise the fishing is about to heat up. A timely reminder regarding boating safety: remember to radio in when you’re on the water – VMR394 on channel 88. Get more information at the Port Albert boat ramp or from the Volunteer Coast Guard on (03) 5183 2555. Keep safe and good fishing.

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