The game season has started in earnest at Portland, with many boats chasing SBT on the continental shelf.
The long weekend saw over 50 tuna bought in with the largest weighing 43kg. 40 albacore were also landed with the largest being 20kg and a lot of stripy tuna were also amongst the catches for the weekend.
The largest SBT landed out of Portland to date was caught by Matt Hunt Fishing Charters weighing in at 85kg, which kept his charter boys that day very happy.
Every year the seasons are different and this year is proving to be no exception with the SBT season going to be a later start than in the two previous years. The water temperature out at the shelf is around 19C, which is warm for this time of year and the bait fish and krill are also late, which has contributed to the slow start in the season.
If you are heading out chasing these fish, you will need to have your wits about you and look for the cold patches of water for the best results and for schools of bait fish on the sounder, along with the birds working a patch of water.
A lot of the SBT and albacore are being landed with no tell tale signs, so just keep working the areas and hopefully you will land the fish of a lifetime.
Phil of Game On Charters kept his clients busy with a great outing bringing in 18 albacore for the day with the heaviest weighing 15kg. Other boating parties while out at the shelf have been doing a bit of bottom bouncing returning with good feeds of blue grenadier, ling and blue eye trevalla which is not a bad option when the day is going slow for the SBT.
For boating parties not chasing SBT, there have been good catches of flathead and gummy shark coming from around in front of Bridgewater Point, along with good catches of snapper, blue morwong, coral perch and school shark from in front of the lighthouse.
From around the Lawrence Rock area there have been good catches of pike and salmon up to 3kg. For those chasing whiting there have been good catches around the Point Danger area and towards Blacknose, along with good sized calamari squid.
For those targeting mako sharks, between the lighthouse and in front of Lawrence Rock have been the best places to try your luck in depths of 60-80m of water.
Along the north shore both boating parties and surf anglers have been getting good catches of snapper, whiting, calamari squid, elephant fish, gummy shark, school shark and the odd yellowtail kingfish and mulloway.
Fishing off the Lee breakwater there was a nice 6kg snapper caught, along with snapper up to 40cm, whiting, salmon and calamari squid along with a few gummy sharks.
Fishing in and around the harbour has seen snapper, whiting, trevally, salmon, slimy mackerel, bream and calamari squid appearing at the cleaning tables. The canal has also been fishing well keeping the young anglers entertained.
Discovery and Bridgewater bays have seen some good-sized gummy sharks being landed with local Lockie Wombwell landing two gummy sharks with the biggest weighing 10kg.
For those freshwater fishing the Fitzroy and Surrey rivers have been fishing well for bream with soft plastics and vibes working the best.
Anglers chasing redfin at the little lake at Bridgewater have been catchin- good sized perch, with local Matt Martyn having a great days outing landing 16 redfin for the day.
If you’re heading down Portland way, give the boys at Portland Bait & Tackle a call on 0355235213 for all your latest fishing and weather reports. We are open 7 days a week from 7 to 7.Reads: 1303