Lee Breakwall Snapper
  |  First Published: December 2005

In recent weeks the Lee Breakwall has produced some beaut gummy sharks, seven-gill sharks, good snapper and calamari to 2kg and beyond. Who wouldn’t want to fish this platform?

Now is a great time to catch the odd big trophy snapper. Chris Finlayson and his daughters, Kath and Quinn, caught a nice 3.5kg snapper amongst their catch. John Kelam from Melbourne landed a 6kg snapper amongst eight pinkies with his mate for a great weekend along the Lee.

If you surf fish or are a land-based angler there are some particular tactics required to get the best results, such as choosing the correct tides, using fresh Mario’s Bait, using correct rigs and fishing in the right the locations. Talking to those who have acquired good catches or the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle will improve your chances.

Land-based anglers fishing with lighter gear from the harbour side of the Lee Breakwall have been catching whiting, trevally to 2kg, salmon, mullet and arrow squid. Deb Francis, not to be outdone by Tony, can vouch for that given her 2kg salmon from the Trawler Wharf.

Tony from Portland Bait & Tackle and 25 children (it was the whole school) along with various parents and teachers from the Grampians Primary School overtook the marina jetty on their latest fishing trip. They landed 13 trevally, 8 mullet and 1 whiting. Many of the kids caught their first fish!

From the 60m mark out the back of Lawrence Rocks boat anglers have been landing their fair share of gummy shark, blue morwong, snapper, coral perch and flathead.

The charter operators have been keeping their customers happy too with good fresh fish to take home. Many customers have bagged out on some species on recent outings.

For the North Shore boaties, schoolie shark, seven-gilled shark, snapper, whiting and mulloway have all been appearing at the cleaning tables. Sherrin Atkinson fished with dad Acco and landed two great 7.8kg mulloway on fresh local squid.

Heywood Club angler Peter Laidlaw’s four snapper between 2kg and 3kg also came from the North Shore. With the water temperature on the rise things are starting to fire up. All the signs are here for the start of the yellowtail kingfish season. There have been a few sightings along the Lee Breakwall and the North Shore reported. Make sure your gear is all set to go!

Fishing competition

Don’t forget Portland Bait & Tackle’s second fishing competition to be run on the weekend of January 21-22, 2006. All proceeds will be donated to charities. There are prizes for the heaviest snapper ($1,000), heaviest yellowtail ($1,000) and the heaviest whiting ($1,000). There are also heaps of great cash prizes for the juniors.

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

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