Kingfish on the menu
  |  First Published: November 2009

With the warmer weather and rising water temperatures upon us, yellowtail kingfish should start to make their presence felt over at Minerva Reef along the north shore.

With the depth of the water varying between 3-13m it doesn’t give these mighty power horses much room to get away by heading into the deeper water. Instead they will take you down through the reef making the battle even more exciting with the reel screaming and line peeling off at great speed.

Many battles are won and lost so make sure you gear is in tip-top condition to give yourself the best chance.

The best way to fish for kingfish is by baiting up a squid head under a balloon; live baiting along with plenty of berley; casting soft plastics or trolling a lure with a teaser float. This varies from year to year, so remember to give the boys a call at Portland Bait & Tackle so they can put you on to what method has been working lately.

The kingfish can average between 3-11kg with the heaviest weighed last season coming in at 19kg. Kingfish can also be found along the town reef, off the Lee Breakwater and inside the harbour.

For those not chasing kingfish along the north shore there have been good catches of snapper, trevally, gummy and school sharks, whiting and the odd mulloway for those land-based and boating.

Local John Fenton, while out boating along the north shore, landed a 107kg bronze whaler shark, this is another reminder of the different types of fish available along the north shore of Portland Bay.

The Lee Breakwater has also been fishing well with some good catches of snapper. Dennis Anton weighed one in at 5.1kg, John Larkins had a snapper of 7.5kg, Anthony Dinsdale had a snapper of 6kg just to name a few.

There have also been plenty of other reports of snapper weighing between 2-6kg.

There has also been some good catches of whiting over 40cm along too, with good catches of good-sized calamari.

For those fishing in the harbour off the marina there has been plenty of calamari squid, silver trevally, the odd whiting and pinkies.

Off the trawler wharf salmon, silver trevally and pinkies have been the main catches. Fishing in the canal catches of mullet, trevally and black bream have been keeping anglers occupied.

For those boating parties heading out of the bay between Lawrence Rock and Cape Bridgewater there has been some good catches of good-sized flathead, gummy shark, and schoolies along with snapper, blue morwong, nannygai and knifejaw.

Oleg Marchousa from Melbourne had a goods days outing around the back catching two good sized school sharks amongst his mixed bag.

Local Gerard Malseed also had a good days fishing with good catches of snapper and two nice sized nannygai along with a good sized seven-gilled shark which he tagged and released.

For those freshwater fishing the Surrey and Fitzroy rivers have both been producing good catches of good sized bream and mullet.

So for all your latest fishing and weather reports give the boys at Portland bait & Tackle a call on 0355235213, we are open 7 days a week from 7 to 7.

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