Port Albert is a fantastic place to fish for all the general bread and butter species.
There is also great access to some excellent offshore locations, especially Whale Bay.
The catches of large snapper from this area have been impressive. I’ve seen dozens of photos of 80cm plus snapper coming from this area. The snapper snatchers and flashers in chartreuse, pink and blue are all working very well. Add a little bait, such as pilchard or squid. Also, fresh salmon fillet has been excellent when used on a heavy running sinker rig, and so has squid.
There’s also been some great catches of gummy sharks from the same area, and some of these fish have been monsters weighing up to 20kg, however, the average has been 1.2m in length. Fresh baits have been working the best, such as trevally and salmon fillets, however, pilchards have been good as well. You will also get a good feed of flathead at the same time if you use pilchards.
Around a bit further towards Bentley Harbour and into Singapore Deep in Corner Inlet, there has been a few days where some big schools of kingfish have been seen chopping up the surface, chasing yakka. I’ve heard of about half a dozen recent catches. The average size has been around 65cm with a few bigger and a few smaller. And most have been caught by accident, so imagine if you went targeting them, you might be surprised!
The whiting have been around in good numbers once again, and pipis have been catching most of the whiting. 35-40cm seems to be the average with a few whiting measuring 45cm being caught. There’s also quite a few trevally, which are generally being caught by whiting anglers or the soft plastics anglers chasing flathead.
We came across a school of trevally in very shallow water that may have been spawning. I’m not sure, but pretty much every cast with a soft plastic on a 1/8oz jig head would catch one of these fish until the school moved past.
The trevally has been averaging between 32-38cm however the odd trevally over 40cm mark has been landed.
For more information on fishing Port Albert, contact Will at Allways Angling in Hotham St in Traralgon. You will get expert advice and great service.Reads: 616