Head to Portland for kingfish action
  |  First Published: December 2009

The kingfish are out in force with January looking like a terrific month to target them.

December saw a fantastic array of fishing with the Lee Breakwall still fishing well with both large and small snapper, good sized King George whiting up to 55cm, trevally up to 40cm and calamari with the heaviest weighing in at a whopping 4.7kg.

Local Dale Kennett landed a great 8.10kg snapper off the Lee amongst his bag of snapper, another local George Parfrey landed a snapper of 4.1kg and there has been plenty of other snapper coming in off this great platform.

For those fishing around the harbour there has been good catches of calamari, trevally, whiting and snapper off the marina and the Fishermans Wharf. For those boating in this area there has also been catches of yellowtail kingfish up to 3kgs. Mullet, slimy mackerel, sized snapper and trevally have all been available in the canal.


The north shore land-based anglers have been landing some good sized mulloway, Terry Alberts fishing the hole in the wall had 2 at 4.8kg and one at 3.6kg, while another angler landed five mulloway with the biggest being 9.8kg. Along with mulloway there has been good catches of snapper, whiting, trevally, gummy shark and schoolies.

Other opportunities

For the boaties fishing this area who have not been targeting yellowtail kingfish there has also been a mixed bag of top quality fish. George from Melbourne had a good days fishing with good mate local Jim Bailey with six nice whiting, a bag of snapper, with the heaviest weighing 5.3kg and got annoyed by kingfish, landing 2 up to 9kgs, and wrecking all his snapper and whiting gear.

These mighty fish should fire up in January especially with the amount of squid and garfish already present as a food source. Trevor Mackie, while live baiting landed a beauty of 9kg, Tony Mathews landed 2 at 7.2kg and 8.4kg under balloons using strips of squid, so make sure you have your gear ready as these mighty fish take some landing.

For those boat fishing for whiting, Blacknose, Woody Cove and the small horseshoe have been producing well, with one lucky angler landing one at 67cm amongst his bag of whiting.

Heading around the back between Lawrence Rock and Cape Bridgewater good catches of flathead, gummy sharks, the odd mako up to 60kg, snapper, nannygai, blue morwong and knife jaw have all been appearing at the cleaning tables. On good days when the weather and swell have been favourable for heading out to the shelf there have been good catches of blue eye trevalla, ling and blue grenadier while bouncing between 400-600m of water

For those land-based anglers heading out to Bridgewater, Shelleys Beach has been producing some good sized salmon, and further around past the kiosk by the fishermens hut there have been some good catches of whiting.

The Surrey and Fitzroy rivers have also been producing some good sized bream.

So, if your thinking of heading down Portland way, give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call for all your latest weather and fishing info, on 0355235213. We are open 7 days a week from 7 till 7, and lastly don’t forget to write down the dates of January 16th and 17th in your calendar for Portland Bait & Tackle’s 6th Annual fishing competition with all proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation.
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