Winter fishing in Portland, when the weather permits, can produce good catches of a variety of fish.
In and around the harbour, silver trevally, haddock, whiting, mullet, salmon and snapper can all be caught inside the harbour, which is often the safest place to go for a fish and to avoid the cold winter winds. Make sure you use plenty of berley to attract the fish in the harbour and also use a running sinker with a size 6 long shank hook; this will give you the best chance of catching anything lurking around.
Shore based anglers can fish off the marina jetty, the trawler wharf, the canal or the Lee breakwater. Wayne Turner had a good days fishing off the Lee with 3 nice snapper, one weighing 12lb on his last outing. Best baits for fishing around the harbour are bluebait, squid, whitebait, pipis and chicken or rabbit fillets.
Surf fishing through winter can also produce some good catches of a variety of fish including gummy shark, school shark, silver trevally, the odd mulloway and Australian salmon. Some good places to wet a line and well worth trying are the rock wall along Dutton Way, Snapper Point, Hole-In- the Wall; the Fitzroy and Surrey river mouths, which are all along the north shore. Heading in the other direction from Portland, good spots also worth a try are Bridgewater Bay, Discovery Bay at Swan Lake, Nobles Rocks, Shelley’s Beach and Bishop’s Rocks.
In and around town Crumpets Beach east of the smelter; Pivot Beach and Nun’s Beach are worth having a go at. Best baits for these areas are whitebait, pilchards, squid and pipis, while using lures and poppers for salmon. Keep an eye on the latest tides and moon phase as this too will allow you to be fishing at the best times
For those boating anglers, when the weather permits, the deeper off shore areas between 40-100m south of Lawrence Rock, Cape Grant, Cape Nelson and further west off Cape Bridgewater produce good catches of snapper, morwong, gummy and school shark, Queen snapper, flathead; knifejaw and butterfly gurnard. Local Gerard Malseed caught a nice blue morwong amongst his bag on his last outing.
Along the coast from Narrawong to the Fitzroy river mouth it is well a worth a try for gummy, school and seven gill sharks fishing in between 10-15m depth along this section of coastline for those out chasing a feed of lovely fresh flake.
For those out freshwater fishing, the canal has been producing some good-sized bream as too have the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers. As usual during winter the fish can more often than not be found towards the middle of the river as apposed to only targeting the banks. Best baits for these areas are prawns and glassies as well as blade lures and soft plastics.
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