FISHING REPORT FOR 12th April 2006. The awesome big bluefin tuna continue. Over the last weekend albacore to 24kg and southern bluefin tuna to 85kg were caught by the Port Fairy boys. Bill Raucci and local crew caught their largest southern bluefin tuna weighing in at 106kg in amongst a good bunch of normal sized ones in the range of 27kg and upwards. Sunshine’s Kevin Clark had his largest tuna weighed in at 50kg whilst Ron Baker’s biggest tipped the scales at 43kg and numerous other tuna were exposed in the 27kg mark. Last Monday 3rd April, fifty S.B. tuna were brought in and weighed between the ranges of 80 to108kg. The normal run of S.B. tuna has started early this year as compared to previous years, which are normally in the second week of April with weights in the 27kg mark. A lot of albacore were caught at Port Mac on Sunday. On Monday, forty S.B. tuna were caught here in Portland, including Albacore weighing from 6kg to 40kg.The 40kg Albacores height was 1090mm and a girth of 375mm. Weights of tuna were recorded: from 27kg, 30kg, 50kg, 65kg, 78kg and 99kg with these fish caught in the numerous numbers. The biggest tuna was 99kg caught by Matt Boulton, Andrew Buttigie’s biggest was 69kg, Bell Chen’s at 66kg, Jake Robertson at 55kg and numerous other fishermen were lucky too. Most large captures of big tuna are still coming from the shelf country. The seas this weekend were rough with considerable swell which didn’t produce any catches of tuna for our crew Paul Worsteling and Lee Rainer of “I-Fish” channel 10, but I’m sure they’ll be back. With the last few weeks of quality fish exposure here in Portland you’d expect quite a lot of tourism over this coming Easter weekend. So those chasing tuna should have approved safety gear, carry extra fuel in jerry cans, keep in contact with other boats, make sure your sea skills and experience is up to the task and always check the weather beforehand. The shelf is at least 28miles out and if you have a small boat stay in the 100metre water and fish for the traditional 27kg S.B. tuna. This area is in the range of no more than 6 miles behind Lawrence rock in toward Cape Nelson lighthouse area. This Southern bluefin tuna fishing boom has given Portland a wealth of fishing exposure and is enticing a huge amount of tourist dollars to the city with many businesses benefiting from this now and in years to come if it continues to repeat itself. Fishing Report for the 5 of April 2006. Awesome large Blue fin Tuna Continue. This week numerous fishermen have exposed large Blue fin Tuna from a vast area out the rear of Laurence Rocks on the Shelf country. This water is in the region of in excess of 100 meters and onward. Our Trawl fleets fish this area and it is approximately 30 to 45 miles out from the Port South Eastly. The largest weighed S.B.Tuna we have weighed was 108kg this week caught by Anthony Cotania and usually these massive size fish are a duel crew effort from the crew on the boat.There is so many names of tuna that a lot can not all be mentioned. On Sunday we took a film crew from Tasmania from channel 10 of Hook, Line and Sinker programs. We did not hock up but they shot footage of the area, hooked up Tuna, Tuna at the weigh ins, scenery, information of the area etc. We didn’t see any Blue Whales which they were keen to see. On Sunday of what we know about 14 Tuna were bought in up to 98kg of the biggest we know of was Julian Dickerson’s yet Monday we were told a 106 kg one came in late. The most unusual one of talk from Sunday was the 2 hock ups of Rob Millard and Dave Clarks which were hooked at 9am and one on for 4hrs and the other was still on 8 hrs later and was lost at the Boat after 5p.m. On Monday aprox.45 to 50 Southern Blue fin Tuna were bought in With the largest weighed in at 108kg, Plenty near the 100kg, Quite a few in the 90kg and very few under 80kg if any and I reckon we weighed most of them. We could not name all the people who had the Tuna and yet nearly all the Tuna are prize size trophy fish and have never been seen like this in most peoples recollections. As previously stated the biggest weighed Tuna so far is still 120.7kg from last week and the longest was 205cm long. The cycle now is set in the next week for the normal size 20kg Tuna to come through and some are just starting to be exposed this weekend. That means most won’t have to go much further than 100meter water and only 3 to 5 miles off the mainland. This should continue till mid July from past history runs. It’s great to see some releasing some of the big Breeding stock numbers of Tuna as these big ones are the Stock Breeders and the Southern Blue fin Tuna is in a lot of recovery trouble and is no where out of recovery stock trouble and is still listed as endangered from the early 60’s over killing and Persian netting. Lot of these huge Tuna has in a lot of cases released them selves from the angler with there powerful fighting power. Lot of these huge Tuna have been angled on 24Kg and 37kg lines and still have beaten the angler.. FISHING REPORT FOR 29th March 2006. Awesome bluefin tuna caught out of Portland. Over the recent weeks most of our eyes were opened up early with Ken Heinze’s 90kg tuna caught from out of the shelf off Port Fairy. The Port Fairy boys continued with several “smash ups” loosing fish weighing some 50 to 60kg and this activated locals early for catches of southern bluefin tuna. Brett Wakely, Brett Murray and Jason Oakley returned with a weighed 90kg SB tuna, a 26kg SB tuna and an 22kg albacore on Friday. More boats targeted these huge fish including Kevin Dark, Rocket Harris and Tim Otter. Tim caught one weighing 83kg and Rocket lost a big one at approx 100kg with a 3.5 hours fight on the gaffe shot beside the boat. Steve Atchison and myself landed a 83kg one in the same area and others talked about what happened to what fish with their hook ups. Next day Darren Dyson, Lee Dyson and crew boated a tuna weighing 86kg whilst Kevin Dark blew another large one at the gaffe shot. Next the Port Fairy boys came in and Terry Roberts from Timboon produced his 108kg southern bluefin tuna which was weighed out of Portland. Now for those who would like to know, some tuna have taken 2.5 to 4 hours to reel in and these tuna have been hooked in 160m to 260m water and the shelf, with some on 50kg braid but most on 24kg mono line. These tuna take 24kg mono line off 1000m to the steel and further. The weights and measurements of tuna caught here over the weekend were: 108kg and 190cm high, the 90kg one was 180cm high, 86kg tuna was 175cm high and the 83kg tuna were 170cm high. Tuna caught here weighing 83kg has twice taken our 1000m line on one of our rods to within 50m of line remaining after using our boat against the tuna. So they are an awesome powerful sports fish. If they are to be caught larger than 90kg you may need 36kg gear, but I have never seen tuna of this size caught here. A few seasons ago I hooked a tuna here in 140m water amongst dolphins and was thrashed by the tuna therefore it would possibly have been one of these monsters. Normally tuna in season come through here mid to late April till mid July. I don’t think anybody has looked early before for these big ones but the fishermen who did look using 10kg line would never have thought that you’d ever need 24kg gear in Victoria but it looks like you do. These are serious fish and need a minimum of 24kg gear, marlin lures, leaders and hooks if you are serious about angling one of these awesome tuna. Normal barbed lures would be a waste of time. Our water is just below 18deg Celsius with lots of brown krill, bait, dolphins, bird life and is looking good for the normal size run of tuna to follow. Other fish making a show are the 1kg trevally and snapper to size from the marina, some mulloway and snapper surfishing at the Fitzroy river outlet. One boat that I’m aware of had whiting to 43cm and two snapper of his catch to 3.5kg whilst Vern McCallum is still catching 2.5kg snook at snapper point. FISHING REPORT FOR 8th March 2006. Many fishermen have exposed Mako sharks in recent weeks. Last week, Joe Carpillio caught a mako weighing in at 73kg which came from the waters behind Lawrence rock and numerous blue shark species have been caught in this location with the majority being released by most fishos. Saturday, Darren Dyson toiled with a mako shark only to be beaten near the end with their fast line screaming and jumping out of the water aerobatics in several sensational jumps. These makos are one of the top sport fish and unfortunately for the shark are good eating. Still quite a lot of sport fishermen release these sharks and take only one occassionally. Some fishermen claim that makos under 70kg are better for eating and it is a good idea to release the big ones as they are a huge and dangerous handful to gaff for the inexperienced fisherman if anything goes wrong. On Sunday, Tim Clark and I caught a small mako, approx 50kg and which was attacked by a large shark while we fought with it. The bite and tear marks including the teeth bite suggest a big white shark.. The white nearly nailed the mako which was just over 1.8metres long and the damage of the teeth marks were incredible with a mouth gap size of approx 45cm apart and quite deep with V shape teeth marks punched well into the mako. We took the mako as he was bad for wear from this attack, so it just shows that there are big sharks in this same water. We also sighted a pair of blue whales with a calf and some other blue whales another mile away and they were feeding on the rich krill lines in this area. Plenty of dolphins and bird life are feeding in this area too. Before the weekend, Tony Jones and Neil Tonkin boated some yellowtail in the 7kg mark and a few others were reported to have been hooked but other than that the water is warm and not much has been exposed with these fellows. Snapper have been caught by some including Vern McCallum and Chris Humphries who are feasting well on nice size snapper to 50cm with whiting mixed in amongst the catches. Some gummies have hit the fish cleaning tables caught from the north shore, others are having a nice taste of flathead and whiting such as Alan Warburton and trevally are appearing again on the marina jetty. Now we only obtain a certain amount of fish exposure from some and not all so it gives an indication of what’s going on. For more up to date catches, location, timing, species and baits you should investigate the local tackle shops in person or by phone and plan your adventure from here. Remember the “King of the Rip” competition is on this weekend in Port Philip bay for those who are interested FISHING REPORT FOR 1st March 2006 Still plenty of snapper. This week, lots of snapper were caught with size increased considerably and weight ranging between 1 to more than 2.5kg. Vern McCallum, Tim Clark, Bob Hamlin, some charter clients including RA Charters, and numerous other fishermen enjoyed their snapper fishing and these catches should continue for a while yet. Mick Sheehan caught a snapper to 3kg, Steven Atkinson showed off one of his 10kg bronze whale shark and others have produced good size school sharks. Quite a few medium sized snook and lots of small thin pike or lythe as known locally. Some “tackle munching” couta have showed their heads in various locations and these fellows measure well into the 100cm mark. Not too much exposure this week of yellowtail, but things will change very quickly. Two yellowtail weighing 9kg were caught by a Melbourne tourist and more information on this can be obtained from Portland Bait & Tackle. With the clean water, settling conditions and water temperature at 19.5 deg C and rising should set off the yellowtail with the hotter days ahead as forecasted this week. Monday, two good sized mako sharks weighing 72kg and 92kg were caught by Colin Russell and John Carson from Ballarat. These sharks like warm water above 17 deg C and in the 60m water the temperature is well in this range. Colin & John both hooked three makos and lost one with one of the sharks doing 11 jumps. These sharks had a diameter of 35cm, a length of 2m and John’s mako was caught on light 10kg line taking over 4 hours to land. Makos nearly always have an attitude problem, a short temperature fuse and they do spectacular line ripping leads over 2m out of the water. Saturday, Tim Clark and I had a “play” with seven sharks of which all were released in good condition after taking photos of these amazing creatures. One blue shark was 3m long and 65cm diameter and two of the seven sharks were makos. When fishing for grey or large blue large shark you need to make a decision whether to release it before the gaffe stage if you have no intention of eating these fish. Shark of this size should not be gaffed with a fixed head as they can spin and cause serious damage to the fisherman, boat and usually swim off with the gaffe. You should never try bringing them into the boat until they are completely dead because they bite whatever is touchable including the fisherman and boat. They’ve been known to become airborne, land in boats causing unbelievable damage and can also rip out cables on outboard motors when at the rear of the motor. John’s mako bit off his parachute drift anchor. Sharks bite through ropes like a sharp knife and one big problem with the big shark is if they tail tangle in a heavy drift anchor rope they can pull your boat under water so you need a sharp knife handy to cut the rope quickly. They can roll up the rope into your boat or a flying gaffe rope so a knife should be ready to cut the rope or gaffe. Lastly, some have caught calamari squid and large whiting up to the 1kg mark FISHING REPORT FOR 22nd February 2006. Mixture of fish continues. This week began with, a “bagged out” catch of snapper with weights up to 2.6kg and most were not much under this size, caught over at the north shore by Brad Brabham. Numerous fishermen continued to catch these large salmon in the 3 or 4 kg range including Charlie Micallef a Melbourne Fishnet reporter. Charlie and friend Steve caught lots of salmon and photographed plenty exposing their adventure in these reports. Many anglers caught these salmon on the town reef over consecutive days by trawling with small lures. Yellowtail are still here even though they’ve showed their usual non co-operative nature with the odd ones caught up to the weekend. Some odd yellowtail to 8 and 11kg showed early in the week with a 9kg one caught off the Lee Breakwater and on Saturday, we watched a school of small yellowtail, about 5/6kg near the Yacht buoy. George caught 3 at the two trees location on Saturday and Ross Clark caught an 8kg one. A medium sized thresher shark showed its acrobatics on the town reef to one fishing party. Junior, Sophie Malcolm has a pending Victorian record after catching an approx 80kg mako shark on 10kg line. Snapper to 60cm, 850gm whiting and trevally have pleased many fishermen including Brian Cook, Trevor Pitson and Graham Hinley. The charter boats have been taking tourist fishermen and divers “bagging out” over at the north shore with some trips at the rear of Lawrence rocks also. These catches are far too vast to list with snapper, snook, whiting, blue morwong and sharks. Check your tide book or tackle shops for details of these three local charter boats, RA Charters, St West Charters and Discovery Marine Adventures plus some of these guys take scenic charters and diving. Steven Atchison has been playing with the 10kg gummy shark and a mixture of other eating sharks as well as other surf fishermen. As the week progresses, obtain these locations from the local tackle outlets with up to date information. For the tourist, yellowtail become dopey and dormant as the water temperature stays in the 17 deg C range. Yellowtail won’t activate real well when the water temperature has dropped, yet you’ll often see them because they’re well fed with the baits in the bay. The water needs to clear and two or three hot days in a row is required to raise the water temperature and off they’ll fire because as they’re still around. FISHING REPORT FOR 15th February 2006. Fishing cools off with a decline in water temperature A variety of fish are still been caught in many locations and some tourists have had a good play with the shark population, including blues, mako and gummies behind Lawrence rock. It’s a shame that the tourists who catch blue shark don’t dump the carcasses away from the fishing tables as the fish frame does not break up quickly and the high fish smell reeks havoc in the area but as usual some of us locals will have to drag them out to sea yet it would be easy if they took some responsibility. Last weekend the Wimmera Angling Club held their fishing competition here and caught a variety of fish including whiting, snapper, shark and the odd yellowtail. A boat named “bite me” from Melbourne had success with yellowtail as did several others even though the water temperature has dropped to 18 – 19 deg Celsius. The water is clean and full of bait such as squid, cuttlefish, slimy mackerel, gars and the list goes on. When the water temperature is low it is harder to catch a prize yellowtail and you’ll usually need quite a few clear skies and hot days to ignite their biting mood. Twenty degrees Celsius or more makes it easier but if hotter this puts them on the prowl. Yellowtail are usually here until after Easter and catches depend on locating them, warm water, bait and clean visual water. Snapper are still a common catch from all locations with the odd one measuring 60cm as Chris Bond can vouch for. Whiting have pleased some fishermen’s meal plates with the odd 1kg ones being cleaned on the fish tables. Neil Cockran caught a nice 4kg snook in amongst his catch at Lawrence Rock. Geoff Sturzaker was one fisho who tested out the calamari squid on the Lee Breakwall and he would not be catching his to eat as they’ll be turned into yellowtail very soon. We all know how fantastic calamari squid taste but good yellowtail bait is even harder to come by. Some large salmon to 3kg. And beyond are coming off the town reef on Monday by numerous boats that have been trawling for them. If the tourists are targeting yellowtail, it’s a good practice to anchor up in the grounds and lightly berley with some good fresh squid presented 2m under a balloon out the back, then fish for whiting, snapper, squid and the odd gummy while seeing what may happen. They usually return home with a good feed of fresh table fish as a by product of fishing for yellowtail. Remember it’s a good idea to source information from the local tackle shops when you buy your bait. FISHING REPORT FOR 25th January 2006. Yellowtail making appearances. The Portland Bait & Tackle fishing competition was another successful event producing great outcomes for numerous people including the exposure of yellowtail. The generous prizes were soaked up by a mixture of tourists and locals who in return bought their baits and food from local businesses. Stephen Atkinson stared as the “fishing guru” with his line singeing, adrenaline rising, kingfish weighing just under 13kg and to prove it was not just luck he caught another one the same size. This great catch earned him a trophy, $1000 cash and an image boost. Brett Murray caught 5 yellowtail, weighing up to 8kg, in amongst his other fish. Kevin McNabb from Colac caught 5 yellowtail weighing up to 8kg and Cody Churchill, a young junior caught a few smaller yellowtail to show that kids have just as much fun. Numerous other fishermen had yellowtail including quite a lot of snapper fishermen who were still stunned by the yellowtail that decided to take their baits and are still running. There were countless amounts of snapper caught with the largest snapper weighing just on 2kg which is classed as small to the normal size. Numerous amounts of whiting were weighed in with the largest to 900gm cleaned, which is also small to normal size in comparisons at Portland. Other fish caught were: 13kg gummies, 10kg school sharks, trevally, mullet, haddock and the list goes on with some holding small makos on their snapper gear. A lot of fish were caught by land based fishermen and many junior showed a lot of interest too. Entries totaled 264 and nearly every entry had a prize of some kind including Max Chadderton generously donating one of the holiday prizes. Monday evening Tim Clark caught a yellowtail to 8kg and Brad Brabham also caught one to 8kg along with others lost at snapper point. Another party of fishos from Casterton caught a good haul of snapper to 2kg at the same location. If you target yellowtail make sure your bait is fresh enough and present it pleasantly or they will possibly give your bait a miss. If you anchor in a spot for snapper, float a balloon out the back about 8’and under the balloon place a fresh piece of bait, preferably half a squid head is a good way to have a go at these fellows while you are bottom fishing for snapper and other fish. You can trawl slowly at 2mph but this is a fairly “hit and miss” way with not much by-product fish if the yellowtail don’t cooperate. With the good weather and fish here ready, this will be great for the ANSA (Australia National Sportfishing Association) fishing competition to be held here in two weeks, on 4th & 5th Feb 2006. With the water temperature high and whilst the water stays clean, yellowtail should entice many tourists and entertain the locals over the next few weeks. FISHING REPORT FOR 17th January 2006. The weeks tide and ground swell put some damper on good fishing but this usually brings in the bigger snapper as it cleans up. Some of this weeks exposed fish came from a variety of areas. On Saturday a lucky tourist caught one large snapper weighing approx 10kg from the Lee after many fishermen had previously caught a glimpse of it on the Lee Breakwall. Numerous small size snapper were caught from this area, including whiting and some trevally. Reece Anderson and crew caught a nice size 4kg snapper from North shore in amongst their catch. Vern McCallum on his third consecutive gummy fishing trip caught 13kg gummies in amongst his catch from the deep water. Some others had the odd gummy and blue shark in their catch from same location. On the marina, Mick Sheehan showed that snapper, whiting and trevally are still available from this location. Ken Beams proved that snapper can be still caught from the trawler wharf and Gordon Koydovski showed that not all 4kg fish are for boats by catching one this size on the lee breakwater. James Imbi proved that yellowtail are swimming past rods on the Lee by catching one whilst fishing from the land on Saturday. So if your bait is not fresh and well presented they usually swim past to the next restaurant till the food is inviting. With the amount of fish exposed over the last few weeks, people should expect some good catches in the Portland Bait & Tackle fishing competition this weekend. For a local fishing competition, the prizes are generous and the kids should fair well also. By Friday, the tides are more favorable, with no moon and over 55cm movement, best for morning fishing. As the water cleans up you should have a good chance at those “line ripping hoodlums” the yellowtail, by the weekend that is if you haven’t eaten all your good calamari squid. FISHING REPORT FOR 11th January 2006. Tourist fisherman, Graham Santans from Melbourne was rewarded well with 37 whiting measuring around 38 to 45cm which were selectively filleted on our fish cleaning tables. Graham and his crew will be eating fresh delicious fillets this week. Most of the whiting catches have come north of the Lee breakwater along with other larger catches such as Darren Dyson’s. The last good catch came from near the second caravan park, in close caught on fresh squid and pippies. There have been numerous whiting catches including land based Graham Shearer’s, catch of 10 whiting, 5 trevally and 5 snapper from the Lee breakwater. Mark Rundell proved that large whiting measuring up to 50cm can be caught from the marina, by catching 6 and at this size they make a good feed. George Evangelidikis showed that not all snapper on the Lee breakwater are just size with his 9.25kg snapper which was caught on fresh squid. And just to expose what variety is around Les Foote from Dartmoor, caught a 2.6kg snapper from the same location. Jerome Brown and his children from Hopetown fished snapper point and won the raffle with a nice 9.5kg mulloway. Tony Mathews who is a land based fish advice expert for Portland & Tackle continually exposes snapper to 40cm from the marina, near the trawlers and has exposed countless amounts of trevally and whiting from these locations too. These fishing experts are available to advise how “its done” if this is your forte. A lot of this local fishing information is courteously supplied by the local tackle outlets and these reports give you a guide to available fish that have been located by a handful of fishermen sharing their information. Vern McCallum was in a group that exposed 5 gummies to 15kg from the 60m water, out the back between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson with snapper and morwong amongst the catch. Other fishermen in the same area caught snapper, morwong, large flathead, flying gurnet and of course those big sinker eating couta. Sometimes when the krill and couta are thick it is a good idea to carry some large old bolts and nuts and tie them to your line for sinker weights rather than lose $1.25 sinkers by the dozen. Sunday, there was a few yellow tail caught in the harbour near the 9 kg size and also a couple caught outside from reports which does not surprise a few of us old locals. From experiences, yellowtail appear to be in most of the traditional locations where the water appears to be warm but not quite clean or clear enough. Later this week as the water cleans up after the ground swell you should see some yellowtail exposed. It’s not unusual for them to be in the harbour, beside the Lee breakwater, in front of town lighthouse, at snapper point and beyond. Yellowtail can also be found in the cod splats where they will not be far from locations of salmon and trevally. Some are at the times with the mullaway and often if you trawl your lines slowly to snapper point area you see them on top of the water and this includes on quite windy or semi rough weather days as long as the water is clean and warm. Remember to use fresh well presented bait and tide timing is important for most quality fish. FISHING REPORT FOR 30th December 2005. Lots of snapper caught. Many local fishermen took a quick spell from fishing over the Christmas break mainly because the weather was rough and wild. In recent weeks, with the amount of fish landed here you’d have to be confident of some good catches before our tides change later this week. Over a twenty four hour period, sometimes you have only a small or couple of tide changes yet other times the moon sets the tides in which you then have a large rise and fall, four times in this period. This is why it is so important to check the tide books and your catch rate will take a lot of “fish and wish” timing out of it. Try to fish moving tides, close to the tops, for a lot of fish but some will bite as the tide drops to low before it stops. You need fresh well presented bait or most quality fish will just swim past your bait, so think about what is going on under the water. Quite a lot of small snapper to 35cm and beyond have been caught by many anglers from the Lee Breakwater, boats over at the North shore and even in the harbour near the cray boats. This weekend, a 6kg snapper was caught in amongst others from the Lee, using pilchard for bait by a Melbourne tourist. In amongst the snapper were whiting catches from weighs of 1kg to 1.7kg caught from the North Shore. Kayne Sillard caught whiting weighing 1kg from the North shore and Trev Leeman’s measured 40cm caught at Black nose point. A. Hinkley is also eating whiting with his snapper catch. Couta measuring up to 1metre were caught at the north shore, these fellows get into and eat the gars at this time of the year, so check the stomach content and you may have $5 worth of gar bait. The secret is out, now you know how we used to get our fresh gars. Salmon to 3kg in spasms have been caught off the Lee Breakwall Now yellow tail have “pulled some lines” and been seen even though it’s a tad early but they will be ready to fire from now on. For the tourists, these fish weighing 16kg and beyond are usually caught in January at the North shore where the water is shallow, which is unlike Montigue Island. They will take the “dings” out of most gear served to them and this includes 40kg braid which will snap like cotton on the reefs in this shallow water so keep your clutches back off a tad. Sometimes you will catch yellow tail off the Lee Breakwater if you can hold them. The best information on bait and approach to yellow tail is obtained by talking to the tackle shop operators. FISHING REPORT FOR 21st December 2005. Medium sized snapper caught this week. Over the last week medium sized snapper have been caught again in amongst the run of expected normal sized snapper. Not all catches were exposed but the Lee Breakwall usually shows most good fish caught. Friday, George Parfett landed a nice 6kg snapper measuring 87cm caught from the Lee using Marios pilchards. Thursday, Scott King landed a snapper weighing nearly 5kg, caught from the same location and this does not take into account the normal size fish caught. And for those who like a smaller sized variety fish with exceptional eating quality some have angled the marina as did Max Richardson when he caught six large “Portland” whiting in amongst his catch. Without a choice, Geoff Sturzaker decided to have fresh gummy shark which was caught from the Lee Breakwall. Young Matthew Harris caught a nice 2kg snapper near the Pontoon area. Rodney Wright from the South Australian Angling Club decided to test the fishing information and caught eight nice sized trevally weighing over 1kg from the marina jetty. Now, with the variety of exposed fish over the last month and more line testing ones as yellow tail to come, why would you want to fish anywhere else in summer than our unique fishing mecca. FISHING REPORT FOR 14th December 2005. School sharks are still around and this week there has been a mixed array of exposed fish caught from numerous spread out areas. Over the last month, school sharks have been exposed from the Fitzroy River to the Lee Breakwall. One nice sized school shark exposure came from the Narrawong surf fishing area with a 11kg school shark caught by Graham Hinkle of Heywood Angling Club. Paul Melbloom caught a large 80kg thresher shark over at the north shore, which is a fairly large shark to deal with from a boat. A nice 9kg gummy was caught by Wolf Iddion who will have some nice fresh flake to eat over Christmas. This week, some Melbourne tourists caught multiple snapper weighing 3 to 5kg from the Lee breakwater, while others had to be satisfied with a good feed on sized snapper measuring 35cm. Numerous fishermen including Tony Mathews have showed that the size snapper can be caught in where the trawlers are and up as far as the cray boats in the canal, for those who like a nice feed of fresh fish. Odd whiting, gummy shark and squid are also being caught from the marina but the trick is to fish early morning on a high tide to do well. Some of the “gar” fishermen have been doing well catching gars over at the North shore, using the kipping method but you need calm waters with no moon. If you are serious about catching a fresh feed of fish and not just “fishing and wishing”, use fresh baits, fish a moving or dropping high tide and present your bait appealingly on light line. FISHING REPORT FOR 30th November 2005. Large snapper caught from the Lee Breakwall. The Lee Breakwater is living up to its tradition at this prime time of the year with large snapper “glitches” in amongst the normal size snapper. Terry Pearce landed a snapper to nearly 9kg on Saturday which was caught on fresh squid for bait. Wilf caught approximate size 7kg snapper measuring 70cm on Tuesday and Sue McEunery showed her prowess and landed a nice 3.5kg snapper. Paul and Bev Lozogo landed a 7.5kg snapper from the Lee Breakwall. This is good exposure of snapper amongst the size snapper .Other varieties are 2kg calamari squid, odd whiting, gummy shark and numerous other underexposed catches seen but not reported. Most fishing these locations should try to fish the top or bottom movements of tides and use fresh bait well presented such as, small couta heads, whiting head or well presented fillets of fresh fish or squid etc… Trevally weighing more than a kilogram are still being caught off the marina by Dean Wombell and others. With the amount of exposed fish being caught at this time of the year, most locations will fire up if you time it correctly and use the appropriate technique and baits. Julian Jones showed this with his Victoria pending record blue shark caught on 6kg line. Some have caught nice catches of flathead while others out in the 60m water at this time of the year have taken a ticket in the lucky dip and could come upon any type of fish. It is getting close now to the line ripping yellow tail, which show their power to the unexpecting snapper fishermen and they will be not far from where the trevally congregate. FISHING REPORT FOR 23rd November 2005. This week has exposed numerous fish caught from many locations including the popular Lee Breakwall. Saturday, Joe Khil of Melbourne fished the Lee and part of his catch included a prize 25kg gummy shark.. Ken Beams caught a size snapper and whiting measuring 46cm from the same location. Friday, Brian Lindsay fished for snapper, surprisingly with heavy gear and caught six whiting measuring up to 1kg from the Lee. Sunday, “Jaz” from Portland caught larger snapper weighing just below 7kg off the Lee breakwater, using a light rod to one side with a 2 “O” hook and a small piece of squid which was intended for a whiting. Some boats fishing just outside the Lee Breakwall have had spasmodic catches of trevally to 1.5kg in good numbers. Inside of the marina some are still catching trevally and size snapper just to prove they are in the harbour. Many boats fishing over at the North shore are experiencing the normal snapper run with a lot of small fish keeping the fishing times active In recent weeks, good size large calamari squid weighing 2kg have been caught from the Lee Breakwall, which is quite large for these fellows. Remember, it’s a couple of weeks since mulloway were caught at the North shore and yellow tail have been sighted with one caught off the Lee Breakwall. This just proves what may be swimming past your bait so make sure it is fresh and inviting. Geoff Wilson supplied information on mulloway caught at Nelson. Monday, Jack Thomas fished Tailors straight and caught twenty-four mulloway weighing up to 6.4kg and only kept four releasing the rest. Some of these fish were caught on soft plastics. Fishes lunch time is not what time you would like to fish but this is when the tides and movement suits the fish. Fish the rising or falling top of the tides by referring to your tide book and make sure your bait is fresh and inviting or they will swim past to the next restaurant where the food is better. Monday, Vern McCallum and “Popeye” Leon Jones caught a good size snapper weighing approx 5kg in their catch which was caught near snapper point. FISHING REPORT FOR 16th November 2005. Spasmodic catches this week. Geoff Wilson spent a couple of days fishing the Lee Breakwater catching a variety of fish including calamari squid. Geoff is a fishing guru from Geelong who has written a few books on fishing and also writes for his local paper. Two fish head baits were crushed by large snapper. He caught a bag full of mystery fish but no elusive big snapper were amongst them. He had a great time fishing, even though the fish were ordinary, but the million dollar views of our coastline and harbour made up the shortfall. According to our records, now is the time for these traditional big snapper. Stawell Angling Club visited with their boats and for their effort caught a mixture of two hundred fish but they were nothing out of the ordinary. Stewie Elder did some fishing in the harbour, catching a mixture of whiting, lithe and golden trevally. Mick Sheehan showed that eatable snapper in numbers can be caught from the marina also. Ken Beams fishing the Lee Breakwall produced eatable snapper, haddock, the odd squid to 2kg, trevally and couta. The couta are around and they are not just a nuisance but fantastic fresh bait if presented correctly in fillets. Remember last week’s exposure of the 9kg mulloway caught by Steven Atchison from the north shore, so you never know what’s swimming near your well presented baits. We’re aware that one yellow tail was caught off the Lee Breakwall last week and several have been sighted so you may get a surprise soon while fishing for snapper. It is not unusual to encounter the odd yellowtail even in October, while fishing for snapper when anchored. Trudy O’Keefe treated herself to a fresh feed of trevally, just to prove they are still around in the traditional spots and you can bet from now on, where you find trevally the yellowtail will be with them. Over the weekend, Andrew Calwell and his son, of Heywood Angling Club, exposed with no surprise a 6kg mulloway and a trophy sized 1.5kg bream from the Glenelg River. These fish came from the higher reaches of the estuary, just to prove that the bream and mulloway breeders are well up the river. Bruce and Dean Wombell showed their prowess with catches of whiting and trevally in the harbour and Joe Cardillo nailed a 2.5kg flathead measuring 67cm, from Cod Splats. FISHING REPORT FOR 9th November 2005. Mulloway and good sized snapper exposed. Early this week, Stephen Atkinson exposed a good size 5kg snapper amongst his catch from the North shore with odd ones of this size caught from the Lee Breakwater. Numerous amounts of large calamari squid, school shark, gummy shark and sized snapper have also come from this location. Later in the week, Stephen and his daughter Sherrin exposed some large mulloway from the North shore showing fishermen in this vicinity and possibly the Lee Breakwall could have these fish swimming past their baits which are hopefully fresh enough to catch the fishes attention. Now is the time when the big sized prize snapper are lurking around waiting for the challenging angler fishing from the Lee Breakwall. There’s still trevally and haddock caught inside the harbour by those fishing in the canal, marina jetty and the reclaimed land. As expected, the north shore is producing strong spasms of small snapper and undersized ones which should be released in good condition. Earlier this week, John Kelan caught a 6kg snapper from the Lee Breakwall and a 2kg silver dory was caught by another angler. Heywood fishing club member, Peter Lalor caught five snapper in the 3 to 5kg range from the north shore. “Out the back,” numerous amounts of morwong, blue morwong, size snapper with some weighing up to 5kg and a mixture of 12 kg gummy shark with mixed spasms of coral perch and large flathead are being caught from the 50m beyond waters. Whiting are starting to come from the traditional locations including odd ones caught off the marina jetty. FISHING REPORT FOR 2nd November 2005. Good mixture of fish this week. The Lee Breakwall has paid out well for the land based anglers with good results for their effort even though they haven’t invested as much money in good fishing gear compared to the boat fishermen. If you surf fish or are a land based angler some tactics are required to get the results, such as choosing correct tides, fresh bait, rigs and locations with most of this advice coming from tackle shops, books or talking to those who have acquired good catches. One evening last week, Chris Finlayson and his daughters, Kath and Quinn caught a nice 3.5kg snapper amongst their catch whilst fishing from the Lee Breakwall. In recent weeks the Lee Breakwall has produced some good gummies, seven giller shark, size and large snapper, calamari squid to 2kg and beyond so who would not want to fish this platform. Now is a good time for catching the odd big trophy snapper for those who target them. Graham Noi caught eight pinkies, a couple of large 2kg calamari squid and some other torpedo squid off the Lee Breakwall whilst Nigel and Lee Simmons caught a 15kg schoolie shark and released a large seven giller amongst their catch over at the north shore. Some Melbourne boat anglers caught six gummy shark from the 60m water out the back of Lawrence rock. Garry Johns “Charters” had plenty of snapper, 3kg blue queen morwong and lots of other eatable fish for his customers. The odd whiting has been caught from in the harbour with trevally to 2kg by some at the marina jetty and maritime reclaimed land. The Heywood Angling club exposed numerous mulloway at the Glenelg river mouth and up at Tailors Straight with some of these fish averaging nearly 6kg. Remember that you can obtain contact numbers in your tide book to source out up to date information in the region. FISHING REPORT FOR 25th October 2005. Elephant fish amongst other fish, off the Lee Breakwall. The Lee Breakwall, being the great fishing platform has exposed more great fish this week, as it has done over a long period of time. Monday morning at 10.30am, Clive Richards caught a nice elephant fish which is a bit unusual, in this location but not so in areas such as Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater. Catches this week have included, one large snapper, another large one lost, several catches of whiting, calamari squid to the 2kg mark, gummy shark and size snapper were all caught from the Lee Breakwall. Saturday, Garry Fern and his mates caught four gummies. Russ Nicholls from Stawell caught two gummies and a small seven giller shark in his catch off the Lee Breakwall and numerous spasms of large calamari squid weighing up to 2kg have put a smile on the odd fisherman’s face. Inside the Marina several parties have caught haddock to 800gm and trevally to 1kg with the odd whiting mixed into the catch. Dean Wombell and John Haddon are a couple who have stole great feeds from this location using their fishing kudos. The old saying that whiting turn up with the gurnet must be correct as some fishermen are now catching these delicious fish from boat locations. For the boat fishermen, snapper and squid are starting to activate over at the north shore. The 60m water “out the back” is still firing with Brad & Rob Doulan exposing numerous numbers of snapper to 3kg, queen morwong and gummies to 12kg. Reports from the Glenelg River reveal that mulloway to 9kg and beyond have been caught in a location known as Tailors straight. FISHING REPORT FOR 19th October 2005. Shannon Churchill and Neil Nepean exposed their bag number of gummy shark with weights up to 9kg and an amount of size snapper, caught between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson in the sixty metre depth. You do need the tide “near the top”, fresh bait, settled weather and then you may end up with the variety of fish, from gummies, flathead, coral perch, snapper, blue and normal morwong and the list goes on. Tim Clark hit the cliffs in Cape Nelson for another feed of sweet eating 900gm sweep and also caught some good sized calamari squid. Tim would have to decide whether to eat them or hold them for the line sizzling yellow tail in the next 8 weeks. For the land based anglers, Peter Johnson showed that you don’t need a boat, and landed a 22kg school shark off the Lee Breakwall on Sunday which would be fantastic eating as well as a challenge fishing from this land based platform. Size snapper and squid are being caught off the Lee breakwall in spasms with similar catches coming from boats over at the North shore. The inside is doing well too with Tony Mathews and numerous other fishermen catching trevally up to 1kg from all three locations: the marina jetty, the cray boat area in the canal and the maritime museum reclaimed area. You need fillets of pilchards, light line, no lead, and fish on the high part of the tide for timing. You may have to lightly ground bait to get them going. Nelson is still firing. Saturday, Sophie Malcolm caught an 8.5kg mulloway in her fishing catch. So this area has been very productive for the last three or four weeks and is an underrated black bream spot. FISHING REPORT FOR 5th October 2005. Trevally are still biting. Over the last week, trevally caught off the marina jetty have made exciting fishing experiences for numerous fishermen and children. Trevally have been weighing in at the 1kg mark with mullet coming from this location too. At times these fish have been caught where the Cray boats moor, at the maritime reclaimed area and the best location by far has been the marina. On Sunday, Jason and Dylan Green from Ararat were amongst numerous youngsters and their parents fishing here. Mick Sheehan also caught a good feed of these fighting fish. One good technique is to apply a small whiting hook, light line, very little lead and float a piece of pilchard fillet into the water while lightly ground baiting. Mid morning at the moment is a good time, but pick a rising high tide for these fellows and it’s a good idea to check your tide book for timing. In recent weeks the calamari squid up to 3.5kg have been making their presence felt and when this ground swell stops the pattern should continue as we head into the summer solstice. In the school holidays, quite a lot of couta to a medium size have been caught on lures by young anglers and these are good snapper bait for later on as they’re cheaper than pilchards for ground bait. Tim Clark tested the 60m water “out the back” in the ground swell and still exposed morwong so this rich location will be a excellent spot in good weather. Over at the north shore, Doug Lucan caught some nice whiting to 1kg in his boat and Allan Mitchell grabbed a good feed of size snapper. The Cray fishermen reported good numbers of snapper in their Cray pots down at the second river, before they pulled their pots for the season and this is a good sign for the snapper season coming on. Your tide book is a good source of information including clubs and advertisers to contact for up to date catches. If you’re driving around, watch Fawthrop Lagoon as this is a good sundial tide gauge. If the tide is low during midday, then the tides will be high in the evening and vise versa. This is usually good for catching snapper after work in the evening. FISHING REPORT FOR 28th September 2005. Large squid caught from the Break wall. This week, some surprises have come from the Lee Break wall, with large calamari squid caught by Darren Hartmann. Darren caught six squid as part of his catch with the biggest just on the 3.5kg mark. A couple of the biggest squid I’ve seen here over the years topped 4.5kg and the mantle length nearly on 100cm. From most research, squid don’t grow much bigger than this unless they are giant squid. Darren was not the only one to catch squid but his was the biggest one exposed and squid over a kilogram is big in anybody’s language. The Lee Break wall has produced small snapper with the odd gummy shark caught by Joanne Burges. Remember that October is traditionally the best month for catching squid here, as they arrive with the snapper to release their eggs on the breeding cycle. Some fishermen have caught good sized blue morwong to 2.5kg with numerous other goodies such as flathead, sized snapper and coral perch in the 50 to 60m water, more behind Lawrence rocks area. Peter Boyer, Brad Brabham and crew were just a few fishermen to catch these blue queen morwong which are exceptional eating fish. Trevally to 1kg are still being caught off the marina and showed how they move as some are now being caught off the reclaimed land as the tide is building to high. The Smokey River at Hotspur has fired up again with redfin to over 1.5kg caught by Scott McPherson and Johnnie Kavanaugh. Last Friday, some of the hottest information in our area was mulloway at the Glenelg river mouth opening. Numerous mulloway weighing 9kg plus with bigger ones to 13kg caught by several fishermen. These were the result of a large school of mulloway entering the 80km estuary. FISHING REPORT FOR 21st September 2005. Trevally caught off the marina. The hot spot for many fishermen this week has been the marina jetty with lots of trevally caught. The hard fighting trevally have weighed in the 1kg range and have been going off on high tide, taking well presented pilchard fillets floated on light line in mid water. Mick Sheehan and lots of kids on school holidays have had good success with these fish and odd amounts of mullet have also been caught at this location. The canals cray boat area has harvested some of these fish including the odd black bream but possibly hasn’t been fished as hard this week. There’s been good fish from these locations in recent weeks showing you don’t need a lot of money invested in fishing gear or an expensive boat to fish these unique land based platforms in Portland. Tim Clark and Chris Bond caught some nice sweep from Cape Nelson, good sized salmon over 1kg in front of the town lighthouse and nice 2kg snook. Sunday, I took relatives and their friends to Cape Nelson catching a good feed of sweet eating sweep to 900gm. Matthew Chadderton’s group exposed more 2kg morwong, blue queen morwong, snapper, nice sized flathead and coral perch from the 60m water. These 60m waters have revealed some remarkable fish in recent weeks, such as the 6kg blue morwong, morwong, gummy shark, snapper, large ling, flathead, coral perch and numerous other goodies. This area with good settled weather and high tides has been a mecca fishing spot to some fishermen over numerous years. Scott McPherson and Johnnie Cavanaugh used the redfin information to catch some nice redfin to 1kg at Hotspurs Smokey river using small lures. FISHING REPORT FOR 14th September 2005. Possibly one of the prized fish exposed this week was the 6kg blue queen morwong, measuring approx 82cm long caught by Prue Crutch a member of the Heywood Angling Club. Prue showed the blokes that women can “lift the bar” on size, when there’s competition between the sexes these days. This was the biggest fish out of Prue and her partner (Dick’s) mixed catch of snapper and the sweet eating coral perch. The Lee Breakwall still has some quality fish swimming passed, such as sized snapper, calamari squid and the odd gummy shark as Ken Devo can vouch for because he will be eating choice flake this week. The hot spot marina has paved out some more quality trevally weighing over 1kg, on several occasions this week. Marita and Nick tourists from Melbourne, Mick Sheehan and numerous others will all be eating well with these fresh fish. Mick Sheehan showed there’s 1.5kg salmon in the harbour, by exposing these fish even though the weather has increased the swell which also usually brings in some large snapper as it “goes off” at this time of the year. A nice bag of redfin to weights of 1.8kg was caught by Anthony Scullino of Hotspur, who caught these fish on worms near Smokey River. These fish are not often exposed in our area but Anthony has willingly shared his information for those interested FISHING REPORT FOR 7th September 2005. Most of the “eye adjusting” fish over the last week have come from the 50 to 60m waters between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson. Julian Dickson, from Hamilton had a mixed bag of fish, mainly Ling and snapper caught from this area, while Kevin Walter caught three large gummies weighing over 10kg. Atko in his boat named “Tommy Rough” caught a 9kg gummy and other boats exposed gummies also. Tim Clark caught morwong, sweep and snapper over the weekend. Malcolm Eastern fishing out of Mathew Chadderton’s boat caught a nice 71cm blue queen morwong at 4.5kg, which was only part of his catch of morwong, snapper, flathead and other mixed goodies. Some boats from this area had good catches of flathead in the 50 to 60cm range and there were boats from Cape Nelson with good catches of sweep to nearly 1kg as Wayne Carter can vouch for. Quite a few slimy mackereal from Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson are still showing which is a good sign of the food chain. Plenty of dolphins and bird activity are also in this rich 60m water with a lot of natural feeding for these predators. Still quite a lot of couta are out the back as well as in the bay and last Sunday Garry Ornsoy and Clinton Colley caught good sized blue queen morwong amongst their catch of flathead, ling and other varieties. Calamari squid, small snapper and gummy shark are some fish catches from the North shore. The Lee Breakwall is still paying out small snapper with the big ones moving around. Gummy sharks are spasmodically being caught with couta and calamari squid. Salmon have been reported in a few locations inside the harbour and the canal is still a popular fishing spot producing catches of the odd mullet, black bream and slimy mackereal with the bonus of trevally. The estuaries are the hot spots for this time of the year with catches of black bream in most, and one of the biggest is the Glenelg River with its mulloway, mullet and bass. You need to source information from Nelson boat hire regarding locations and preferred baits. Other estuaries are the Yambuk Lake, Fitzroy & Surry Rivers or the Hopkins River in Warrnambool. You need to source information from your local tackle shops in each area for up to date locations, exposures and desired baits. FISHING REPORT FOR 31st August 2005. Last Monday Bill Ukus’s biggest snapper was 82cm long then on Thursday @1.30pm Jim Owen who had a bait in the water landed a prize sized 92cm male 10kg snapper. Jim’s brother Richard jumped in the water up to his belt level to gaff the snapper, so it just goes to prove what swims past these rich fishing waters. Jim’s fish was caught using fresh couta for bait, plus he also caught some flake / gummy shark the day before so he has some fresh quality fish to feast on this week. There has been quite a lot of size snapper, calamari squid with the odd gummy shark coming off the Lee Breakwall. It’s unique to drive out along this structure, pull a chair out of your car then throw a bait into the water while sucking in the million dollar views. Over the recent month there has been action elsewhere in another of our hot spots, the canal near the cray boats that has produced endless amounts of mullet, black bream, and 1kg trevally with numerous spasms of slimy mackereal to 1kg which is big for these fish. Calamari squid to 1kg caught off the marina have put smiles on a lot of faces. Boats have not missed out either with similar catches of eatable and sized snapper caught here, in the most underrated fishing spot of Victoria. As a rule of thumb when the squid start to turn up as they presently are, usually the snapper start to turn up with them and it would appear that the spring arrival of these fish may be early this year. Normally the start of October, calamari have arrived in force to drop their eggs and the snapper travel with them but it appears that is not far from happening now. Saturday, Tim Clark and his friend Des harvested some good quality fish as did several other fishermen fishing in the 70metre water. Tim’s best fish was a 72cm blue queen morwong with the other usual sized snapper, ling, and coral perch. Other fishermen did well fishing this location with catches of good sized flathead, the odd gummy shark and couta. The bird dolphin and seals were working and diving hard in this location. Sunday Albert Buckner exposed a nice gummy shark, whiting and snapper to size, in a few hours from the North shore. FISHING REPORT FOR 24th August 2005. Bill Ukus and his friends, Osman Altisu and Memet Ogisz from Shepparton caught a good 9 kg Snapper including a feed of size snapper, as did plenty of other fishermen fishing the same area. Bills” large snapper was caught at approx 2pm using pilchards as bait, the snapper measured 82cm long. A southern right whale was doing patrols as close as 15metres off the Lee Breakwall on Monday morning for a lot of fishermen to view while fishing while some good sized gummy sharks weighing 6kg were also caught in this location as David Burton can vouch for. For the fussy eaters who like their calamari squid, these have been caught off the marina by Dean Wombell and some of his friends. These squid weighed up to 1kg. Gummy sharks must be migrating past here as proven by cray pot catches in the 70m water. Note that only the 6kg gummies can fit in the cray pots whilst the big ones swim past as is the case with snapper. Now, back into the harbour’s hot spots which have fired up for most of this month, slimy mackereal, trevally to 1kg and yellow eye mullet have been caught near the cray boats in the canal area. David Burton showed prowess by catching some nice black bream using shrimp as bait and he also released a few small ones in this same location. Some of the big harvests come from the canal with the usual persistent fishermen such as Mick Sheehan, Tony Mathews, Dean & Lockie Wombell and their friends who all like fresh quality fish. A few boats over at the North shore have enjoyed catching some snook and sized snapper and over the last week, David Hartman had a good catch with a 10kg gummy shark and this was also from the Lee breakwall. For some fishermen, now is the time to target bream, mullet, mulloway and bass in the Glenelg River. Nelson boat hire is the place to contact regarding information on which section of the 80km estuary is firing the best and which baits are successful. A lot of class fish have come out of this area in recent weeks which makes this area so famous by so many over the years. Last week fishermen had mulloway at sandy waterhole to 6kg in just one location. FISHING REPORT FOR 17th August 2005. CANAL STILL FIRING WITH SOME FISH Last week one of the unique hot spots, the canal and cray boat area, which is no surprise to some, produced slimy mackereal & trevally with weights of 1kg. There’s also a mixture of large yellow eye mullet up to the 1kg mark which is big for these fish and numerous salmon to 1kg and beyond to put some action in quite a lot of fishermen’s eyes. This week has been very similar and to add to the action Port Fairy Angling club had their competition here over the weekend proving it’s another prized fishing location which is taken for granted by a lot of us locals. Some of the competition came from Dean and Lockie Wombell, Mick Sheehan, Shorty Clark, Tony Mathews and the list goes on, but I’m sure they all won in this raffle. Over the last few weeks, some of the fish exposed from the Lee Breakwall and North Shore are still available as proven by a few fishermen who like to put fresh flake on their dinner plates as Daniel Burton and others can vouch for. Rodney Wright likes the big sharks especially his seven giller shark weighing 125kg which was caught from the north shore, so try lifting that with a bit of imagination. You would have to assume that fish from the previous week would still be available such as: salmon, gummies, snapper, ling and the list goes on. It’s pretty hard on your eyes when you have to deal with millions dollar views and whales in this region but it’s the same in the Glenelg River with views, fauna and flora everywhere this time of the year and the fish are firing. Lockie Wombell can vouch for some of the fish harvested here in just one of the fishing locations of this rich 80km eye blowing estuary. Sandy waterhole produced mulloway to 8kg which is good size in this region, bream and mullet are quite active also at this time of the year with the breeding cycle on, so it is a unique fishing mecca. Nelson boat hire, with contact number in the tide book, is worth a phone call for the latest exposure area and baits etc… Use this information and get rid of the guess work. FISHING REPORT FOR 10th August 2005. GOOD LAND BASED FISH. There’s plenty to do at this time of the year with numerous options available including the traditional estuary fishing as proven by the exposed catches of fish from a large spread out area. The Hopkins fall area in Warrnambool has produced some nice “bass” fish as proven by Chris Bond’s photos. More bass have been caught in the lower Glenelg river, but these fish are usually only for the serious fishermen and not a lot of information is released in fear of over fishing these areas. Nelson has “paid out” with good spasms of bream due to the breeding migrational movement and with the added bonus of mulloway being exposed to no surprise as the mouth is now well open. Mulloway have been caught at Donovans, the caves and sandy water hole with Alby Hawke catching five up to 5kg, plenty of mullet mixed in with the eye blowing views of this 80km jewel in the crown of this region and has no rivals to this areas National Parks. Remember most estuaries fire up at this time of the year so gather up your kids, tackle and the information on these unique areas. Nelson boat hire’s phone number located in the tide book will point people in the correct area and techniques so make use of his data as it’s free. Reports reveal that salmon at Port Mac are hitting the 4.7kg mark, where the ones here at shelley beach are hitting the 3.5kg mark according to surf fishermen efforts. Alex Roberts has landed some salmon in large size land based at the quarry, surf fishing. Snapper are still being exposed to legal size over at the North shore by surf fishermen and boats with quite a few fishermen such as Kim Elliny and Surry Chapman eating fresh untampered with snapper this week. The Lee breakwater has produced some more gummies, seven giller sharks and a bonus of sized snapper as Daniel Burton can boast for. And yes, there is more, the hot marina location has now moved to the canal and near the cray boats. Big slimy mackereal to 1kg, trevally to 1kg, medium sized salmon, and mullet with the odd bream are being caught and the water is a bit muddy from the rains but has set off the food chain. Lockie and Dean Wombwell can vouch for these fish using light gear and Mike Sheehan has made sure he’s not eating sausages this week by catching his feed of these fine fish. These fish are a real bonus for those who want to fish near their cars and for the young fishermen. Some more gummies were caught near the second caravan park on the north shore whilst surf fishing. There is still fish coming from the 50m water, as pointed out by Graeme Astbury, but as you can’t fish everywhere so you need to decide what fish and location to target and give it a hit on the correct tides and with good fresh bait. FISHING REPORT FOR 3rd August 2005. With the fish exposed in recent weeks including known history of area catches you should feel confident in having a good fishing experience in most locations with good weather on your side. On Sunday, Alan Nicholls and Brad Stutchbery caught a nice 60kg blue shark from the 50m water between Lawrence Rock and Cape Nelson amongst their other reward eating bottom fish. Most outings can be rewarding depending on what you’re expecting. Usually when fishing, the action is either slow or over 10mins can be very fast and rewarding. At this time of the year, mullet in the canal have been making a lot of land anglers happy with their action, using light gear. Trevally are still being caught off the marina by some anglers and as with all fishing, its no good “fishing and wishing” you do need to fish the marina with light gear, small hooks and checking the tides so they are on high rise or fall. Use good fresh bait well presented, such as pippies, chicken skin, pilchard fillets, very little or no lead and put a small amount of chum or berley in the water to attract the fish. Since reopening after maintenance last Wednesday, the Lee Breakwall has produced some small snapper, odd gummies and also a small sword shark which is not unusual in this area or Cape Nelson. Many people have not seen these sharks exposed, but they are in our areas. It’s still time for bream in areas such as, the canal, Surrey River, Fitroy River and Killarney, but one of the hottest is the 80km long Glenelg River with its mullet and mulloway traveling the tidal reaches. Bream move to breed this time of the year and are easier to catch especially the 12 year old 2kg blue lip ones. If you want the latest exposure, location and bait preference, phone the Nelson boat hire and use up their information instead of guessing it. On Saturday afternoon, my young bloke caught bream weighing up to 1.5kg at Pritchards, so that’s one viable location. A lot of fish can be caught without exposure or known location if you do your research from past histories of fish catches, by reading up or talking to people who target the species you are interested in. FISHING REPORT FOR 27th July 2005. Snapper off the Lee Breakwall. During the week, the Lee Breakwall has been closed while maintenance has been carried out, and will reopen again this Wednesday so there hasn’t been a lot of fishing exposure from this location. Note it was opened on the weekend for fishing and whale viewing for those on Sunday who sucked in the views. On Thursday, Alan Nichols caught a 3kg snapper and 58cm long snapper using fresh squid. Two other snapper of similar size were caught by other fishermen, one off the Lee Breakwall and the other near maretimo. So this shows some snapper exposure in these locations. Some of the bigger fishing action has came from the marina jetty with gold striped trevally caught by Mick Sheehan, John Haddon and numerous others who had a feast of up to 1kg trevally on Wednesday. Thursday produced similar results with Friday becoming a bit flat, so this location has turned into a bit of a hot spot. If you were in the tackle shops on Friday you may have bumped into “bushie” or “kai Bush” from TV fishing, as he was in town doing tackle shows on soft plastics at Warrnambool and Mt Gambier. Quite a lot of yellow eyed mullet are being caught on the marina jetty. Don’t forget the exposure of gummy sharks, seven gillers, big ling, and squid off the Lee Breakwall over the last week and these fish would still be in the area and other fish also. Sunday, we had a look at the Nelson mouth, and it’s open with a good deep trench, so some class mulloway should be let in on the tides for the observant ones. Nelson boat hire is the place to phone for the “good oil” on locations, catches and timing so make use of them. This time of the year is good timing for bream fishing in a lot of unique estuary locations now that they are all open. There is some unique Bream fishing in this region during winter when they move up rivers to breed. FISHING REPORT FOR 20th July 2005. QUALITY FISH CAUGHT IN THE HARBOUR. This week, some fishermen putting in the time have done remarkably well catching quality fresh fish close to home. Some of this information as usual is collected by Portland Bait & Tackle who are always glad to share it with everyone. Many fishermen say “don’t tell everyone”, but that’s like “tell everyone”. There is enough fish in the sea for all who fish, if they keep to size and bag numbers and because most are pelargic if they aren’t harvested here they would be caught somewhere else on their migrational route. Mark Holt caught a great catch of flathead off the traditional flathead ground in front of Alcoa and late mid week, Sonny Chapman fishing from the Lee Breakwall caught a good seven giller shark over 1.5m in length. Malcolm Barko exposed a 5kg Mulloway from the North Shore, just to prove that these fellows are moving past while we are all watching the football. Thursday night, Rockie Nerie and his mate showed what is really moving past if you don’t have a bait in the water on the high tide catching four gummy sharks from 6kg to 10kg range which would be “a sight for sore eyes” when land based angling in your own back yard. Note he had a friend with him also. You just never know what is swimming past if you don’t have a bait in the water in these rich fishing waters. Trevally in the 1kg range with the gold stripe have been well harvested off the marina jetty this week by Dean Wombell, Nigel Jasper and Tony Mathews to name a few who had thirty of these class fish amongst them. Joe Sealey of “R A Charters” supplied quality snapper, over 2 dozen a trip into his customer’s eskies, from the 30m water behind Lawrence rock. Mick Wilks caught sixteen trevally, twenty garfish and mullet to top off his fishing effort in the harbour. Aaron Ryan off the Lee Breakwall caught a 10.5kg rock ling, which is a “big ling” in anybody’s language. Tim Clark tackled Lawrence Rock briefly on Saturday and noticed a lot of action with fish breaking the water near Pivot, so we may have some large salmon close in for next week. Don’t forget the Glenelg river at this time of the year as bream are the go and phone Nelson boat hire for information on exposed location areas and timing of this crown jewel 80km estuary water of the mighty mulloway haven. FISHING REPORT FOR 13th July 2005. Graham and Mark, a couple of blokes from Melbourne fished the 60m water, the Portland side of Cape Nelson and were pleased with their bag of goodies, consisting mainly of queen blue morwong, morwong, snapper and coral perch. T Robertson had success with snapper, morwong and a medium sized mako shark. It has been a week now since we saw gummies coming out of here, but not much fish pressure was applied this weekend. Fishing history suggests this area will produce snapper all year around as proven by fishermen and the craypots, but only small snapper can fit in the craypots so you don’t really know what swims past in these waters. Other fish have been caught closer to home in everybody’s backyard as proven by Bruce Wombell, who caught large trevally with the gold stripe weighing more than a kilogram. Lots of grass whiting and King George were also in amongst them. You could catch mullet or black bream near the end of the canal also. The Lee breakwall hasn’t missed out, with a thresher shark and some spasmodic catches of seven giller sharks caught by some. Therefore you just don’t know what trophy fish may be swimming past if you don’t drown some fresh bait on the tides in this famous location. This time of the year sends off signals for some for black bream so people should communicate or ring Nelson Boat Hire and ask for news on the latest catch areas for these class fish that have been caught lately. The Glenelg River is full of yellow eye mullet if people want to take youngsters there to fish. If the kids are lucky, a big mulloway may come along and pull dad or his rod in as they reel in these great fighting fish. FISHING REPORT FOR 6th July 2005. The fishermen that put the effort in have caught the “bottom” dwelling fish in 60m water on the Portland side of Cape Nelson. Tim Clark caught flathead to 52cm and also bagged out with snapper and other bottom eating varieties. Another boat fishing the same area had a bonus catch of “flake” or gummy shark weighing 7kg, including a nice 3kg+ blue queen morwong, plus other regular varieties. This area is traditionally good for spasmodic catches of snapper, coral perch, morwong, blue queen morwong, gummy sharks other types of sharks, big flathead and the list goes on. In this area it is important to fish the top of the tide on correct timing so check tide times and use fresh bait with a boost of chum bait. You still have harbour options catching many a surprise if you have a bait in the water. Fish caught include mullet, black bream, haddock, the odd whiting, snapper, gummy shark and other species. So don’t wait for others to expose the fish in these rich waters but try your own luck fishing on the top of tides using fresh well presented bait and you may have a win in the fish raffle. This time of year is a perfect time to target black bream, mulloway or mullet in the mighty Glenelg River with over 65km of estuary tidal salt wedge when the mouth is open. Because this area is so vast ring Nelson boat hire for the latest catch locations. Wednesday, our colleagues at Port Macdonnell told us that tuna weighing 6kg to 10kg have been firing up and most boats over there had boat numbers of five fish. They were caught beside the thick krill in 150m water half way out to the shelf. These tuna are unusually small to normal size and are being caught late in the year which is not that of a traditional tuna year. Normally our tuna average 17kg and increase up to 28kg. FISHING REPORT FOR 15th June 2005. This week produced mixed bags of fish. Several fishermen are still catching good fresh fish. A lot of fishermen who mainly fish in the summer / autumn seasons, drop off fishing during winter and the exposure is not quite as diverse. Yet the ones who still fish appear to harvest a variety of fish. Sure the daylight is not so long and it’s colder but in winter usually a lot of the seas are flat and settled. Tim Clark caught a good feed of large sized sweep and other mixed fish from Cape Nelson. Other parties fishing the North shore are still catching size snapper, calamari squid and winter snook, with larger snook coming from the town reef. Some good sized gummy shark specimens in the 7kg and above range came from the North shore this week. There are large couta in the 90cm mark and beyond, near and around the harbour. Tony Jones and some friends tested the harbour again having good fun, action using light line and produced results catching plenty of 1kg slimy mackereal, plenty of haddock with other mixed fish amongst them such as: snapper, trevally, mullet and of course couta. So it just goes to show if you fish a “rising or dropping tide” off the high tide using good fresh bait, well presented and no lead, you should catch some fish. Some of the boats fishing the 50m water did not expose the fish as well as usual but they did have snapper, flathead, the odd morwong with coral perch. Another overlooked, fantastic fishing location with trophy size fish is Nelson and the 70km of salt wedge tidal river producing plenty of mullet, bass for the enthusiastic and now good size black bream. This week, Chris Carson of Nelson Boat hire can prove this as his biggest bream weighed 1.8kg, which is big as he usually lets most of his bream go. FISHING REPORT FOR 8th June 2005. Large snapper are in the harbour. This weeks surprise was the 4.5kg snapper, 72cm in length, caught in the harbour near the silos by Sam Martin in Tony Jone’s charter boat. They also caught a good feed of sized snapper, haddock and slimy mackereal. A similar sized 4.2kg snapper, measuring 67cm long was caught off the Lee Breakwall the same day. With the quality fish being caught, such as: trevally to 1kg, black bream, the odd whiting off the marina and mullet in the canal you don’t have to go very far for a feed of fresh fish. Some good sized whiting have recently come in from the black nose area, caught by Steven Powell from Warracknabeal. There’s still some winter snook over at the north shore and some good specimens also coming off the town reef and Lawrence rock. A lot of mouth drooling fish came as usual from the 50 – 60cm water “out the back” of Lawrence rock and in between the Cape Nelson Lighthouse area. Dick Crouch was one of several who showed off his 10kg gummies, snapper, morwong and coral perch in his catch. The Walters crew caught flathead and morwong for a good tasty feed and. Garry Johns had blue morwong to 7kg in his catch. Tim Clark and Andrew Rundell caught a good feed of snapper to 48cm, coral perch and morwong so they will be in the good books with the cooks. Tim’s echo sounder was not working so it just shows you don’t have to know where you’re fishing in the deep water as long as your bait is fresh, the tide is near the highest part, and in the general location. FISHING REPORT FOR 15th June 2005. This week produced mixed bags of fish. Several fishermen are still catching good fresh fish. A lot of fishermen who mainly fish in the summer / autumn seasons, drop off fishing during winter and the exposure is not quite as diverse. Yet the ones who still fish appear to harvest a variety of fish. Sure the daylight is not so long and it’s colder but in winter usually a lot of the seas are flat and settled. Tim Clark caught a good feed of large sized sweep and other mixed fish from Cape Nelson. Other parties fishing the North shore are still catching size snapper, calamari squid and winter snook, with larger snook coming from the town reef. Some good sized gummy shark specimens in the 7kg and above range came from the North shore this week. There are large couta in the 90cm mark and beyond, near and around the harbour. Tony Jones and some friends tested the harbour again having good fun, action using light line and produced results catching plenty of 1kg slimy mackereal, plenty of haddock with other mixed fish amongst them such as: snapper, trevally, mullet and of course couta. So it just goes to show if you fish a “rising or dropping tide” off the high tide using good fresh bait, well presented and no lead, you should catch some fish. Some of the boats fishing the 50m water did not expose the fish as well as usual but they did have snapper, flathead, the odd morwong with coral perch. Another overlooked, fantastic fishing location with trophy size fish is Nelson and the 70km of salt wedge tidal river producing plenty of mullet, bass for the enthusiastic and now good size black bream. This week, Chris Carson of Nelson Boat hire can prove this as his biggest bream weighed 1.8kg, which is big as he usually lets most of his bream go. FISHING REPORT FOR 8th June 2005. Large snapper are in the harbour. This weeks surprise was the 4.5kg snapper, 72cm in length, caught in the harbour near the silos by Sam Martin in Tony Jone’s charter boat. They also caught a good feed of sized snapper, haddock and slimy mackereal. A similar sized 4.2kg snapper, measuring 67cm long was caught off the Lee Breakwall the same day. With the quality fish being caught, such as: trevally to 1kg, black bream, the odd whiting off the marina and mullet in the canal you don’t have to go very far for a feed of fresh fish. Some good sized whiting have recently come in from the black nose area, caught by Steven Powell from Warracknabeal. There’s still some winter snook over at the north shore and some good specimens also coming off the town reef and Lawrence rock. A lot of mouth drooling fish came as usual from the 50 – 60cm water “out the back” of Lawrence rock and in between the Cape Nelson Lighthouse area. Dick Crouch was one of several who showed off his 10kg gummies, snapper, morwong and coral perch in his catch. The Walters crew caught flathead and morwong for a good tasty feed and. Garry Johns had blue morwong to 7kg in his catch. Tim Clark and Andrew Rundell caught a good feed of snapper to 48cm, coral perch and morwong so they will be in the good books with the cooks. Tim’s echo sounder was not working so it just shows you don’t have to know where you’re fishing in the deep water as long as your bait is fresh, the tide is near the highest part, and in the general location. FISHING REPORT FOR 1st June 2005. This week produced good sized deep water fish. Friday, Santo Sutherland caught a 5.5kg snapper measuring 77cm, using pilchards as bait, off the Lee Breakwall From the deeper 50m-80m water, out the back just before Cape Nelson lighthouse, some good spasms of sizeable fish have been coming in. Garry Wombell caught some nice queen morwong to 3kg and a good bag of snapper measuring 45cm including many other goodies and this is where the gummies are usually caught. Gary of, John’s Charters showed off his coral perch, numerous snapper to 60cm, school shark, mixed morwong and some queen morwong were near 80cm mark. Gone Fishing Charters also harvested the deep water for his customers and one of his unusual catches was a 1.8m hammer head shark in amongst his: morwong, blue queen morwong, and snapper to 60cm, coral perch and numerous other fish. The young fishermen have been doing surprisingly well off the marina and the odd haddock, trevally, black bream including mullet are still available. Not so many boats are venturing to the North Shore but the ones who have, are still catching small snapper, winter snook, small salmon to 1kg with surprises “ready to be caught” for those putting the time in. Fish such as snook and lythe are still available at Lawrence Rock and the North Shore for those who want to target these species. Flathead were well exposed a week ago so they would still be available, as so are other fish such as: whiting, snapper, sweep, gummy shark and who knows what may be lurking around if you put a bait in the water. FISHING REPORT FOR 25th May 2005. GOOD VARIETY STILL AROUND. Port MacDonell hasn’t produced southern blue fin tuna yet but there was a good variety of other species available for their fishing competition. Some of our locals did well in this competition. Portland’s Sophie Malcolm took out the junior angler champion section with an array of blue morwong, knife jaw, gummy shark and harpucker to name a few. Brodie Carter was runner up in the senior section. Some queen blue morwong weighed 7kg, mako sharks to 102kg and harpucker to 6kg. Portland’s North shore is still producing some good sized odd snapper in amongst the small ones measuring to 50cm and with the winter snook and other surprises its still a good destination to fish. A lot of winter snook and 1kg salmon are coming from in front of the water tower. Shorty Clark caught some nice odd snook to nearly 4kg and lythe at Lawrence rock which shows these fish are available for the serious trawl fishermen. Sweep, were caught by numerous fishermen from their boats and by land at Cape Nelson. Many a good feed of sweep have been caught and these sweet eating fish are around for the winter fishermen to target in good weather. Tim Clark, Hun Jennings and others caught good feeds of sweep. This weekend, some nice 8kg gummies came in from the 50m water near Cape Nelson. There has been some quality fish come out of this 50m water recently including gummies, morwong, blue queen morwong, snapper, coral perch, large flathead and the list goes on. Remember to just go fishing and see what happens as fish are exposed only gives the fishermen an idea what is available not just a secret spot. An example of this is whiting at Blacknose, where several fishermen using good techniques catch these fish in different locations at the same time. Information in winter is harder to source as less fishermen are fishing this part of the season and quite a few target bream inland this time of the year. FISHING REPORT FOR 18th May 2005. MOST QUALITY FISH ARE STILL PRESENT. Last weekend with no wind and fog lifting, the sea could not have been any flatter and some fishermen that hit the 50m waters and beyond had hit and miss catches. John’s Charter from Geelong accumulated plenty of fresh fish kilos for his clients to take home including some small 6kg gummies. Charlie Young from Hamilton caught a nice 3kg blue queen morwong to take home and eat while a lot of others had good catches of normal morwong, coral perch and small snapper. Some good sized large 1kg flathead were caught from a similar area but further back towards Lawrence Rock. Tim Clark and Chris Bond attacked the sweep at Cape Nelson and caught a good feed of these sweet fantastic eating fish. These fish put in quite a fight on light gear when they fire up. In the harbour there’s still bunches of slimy mackereal, spasms of mullet, odd whiting, trevally and haddock are still turning up and being caught. Snapper although mostly in the small size range with the odd big ones are still coming from the north shore area. Snook and lythe are still coming from the north shore and some from the town reef and Lawrence rock. FISHING REPORT FOR 11th May 2005. GOOD EATING FISH BEING CAUGHT. Over the last week, quite a few fisho’s are making the best of the settled autumn weather by catching some good fresh eating fish. Most of the varieties caught have been the snook known as pike and lithe known as sea pike. These fish have been caught by serial parties including Alan Mitchell with most of his fish coming from the north shore and the town reef. A lot of these fish are locally known as winter snook and are plentiful, small in the 60cm range with bigger ones in amongst them. The bigger fish are caught mostly from the Lawrence rock area. Paul Jones and several others have caught salmon weighing up to 2kg, outside the harbour from the maretimo gates, town lighthouse and in the harbour. Haddock and slimy mackereal have been caught in the harbour with spasms of the odd whiting and several smaller snapper seen in the waters surrounding the fish cleaning table. You just don’t know what’s lurking around if you don’t have bait in the water as proven by the 11kg snapper which was caught off the Lee breakwall in the last 2 weeks. Sometimes you need to fish with out others exposing the fish, to find out what is travelling through these rich fishing waters. On Sunday, Graham Moffat from Melbourne caught some nice snook to 2.5kg and large lithe so he will be eating well this week. A lot of the small winter snook caught from the north shore are thick in numbers so it is a good idea to keep in mind boat possession numbers, as outlined in your regulation book as it is easy to exceed these numbers when these fish bite prolifically. FISHING REPORT FOR 4th May 2005. Large silver trevally appearing. Luke OKeefe’s sample of a 2.2kg silver trevally is a sign of what is lurking around and this fish was caught in front of maretimo using pilchards as bait. Lee Kohlman has been catching trevally in close at snapper point for several weeks now. The smart angler using good fishing techniques have caught trevally in the harbour at this time of the year. Trevally like to be berleyed up or cubed lightly and use bait such as pilchard fillets floated out on light gear in a cube trail. Chicken skin followed by pippies are also a good bait. Currently in the last weeks of Autumn and with winter approaching there’s still a good variety of fish to be caught. Snook or pike and lythe or sea pike are still being caught by the experienced fisherman with inboard motors at the North shore and Lawrence rock reef as Phil Stanford and others who target these fish can vouch for. Snook and lythe are a winter fish and extremely good eating. Sweep have been exposed and caught recently. These are available most of the year in good weather and it is a good idea to gain tactical information from your tackle shop or by reading fishing books. Snapper have still been showing up at the north shore and groups of snapper on the small size have come from the Lee Breakwall. Good spasms of whiting from the black nose area and small groups of whiting have been caught from land base off the marina jetty. Haddock to 1kg have showed spasmotically in the harbour and mullet are more predictable at the canal area. When the gaps in the weather calm more good predictable fish will surface from the 50m water out the back of Lawrence rock towards Cape Nelson area. FISHING REPORT FOR 27th April 2005. This ANZAC long weekend has produced a mixed variety of fresh class fish for some enthusiastic fishermen. As usual, another busy weekend at the boat ramp with many fishermen choosing to clean their fish at the cleaning tables. Yet, whilst many locals push for tourists to visit our town, it’s a shame once again that the boats have to come in to the busy boat ramp and clean their fish under the light of their car headlights. No lights, definitely puts a damper on a tourist fishing weekend and questions the safety issue especially after council was notified of this Saturday evening.These lights have been out for another week now. Friday, a lot of large flathead to 60cm and beyond were caught by quite a lot of fishing parties in the 50m water out the back of Lawrence rock and Cape Nelson area. Some 6kg gummy sharks, morwong, snapper, coral perch and the odd blue shark were caught by a few crews. Some nice pike and sea pike known as lythe have been caught from the north shore, town reef and Lawrence rock by some fisho’s. Graeme Astbury produced a nice feed of fish from the 50m water with most of the varieties. Tim Clark caught some large sweep from Cape Nelson in amongst his feed of snook and Bob Mac also caught lots of sweep and lythe in the same area on Monday. Alan Mitchell located some good 2kg salmon in front of the town light house and Peter Ball caught his nice usual catch of whiting from Lawrence rock with there usual whiting proess. Some medium sized snapper were cleaned on the tables which were caught from the north shore. FISHING REPORT FOR 20th April 2005. There’s still nice pike snook and sea pike lythe being enjoyed by several fishing parties at the North shore and Lawrence rock reefs including the town reef. Pike are a commercially sold fish with exceptional eating quality when fresh. They are mostly caught on a slow trawl by inboard boats with some coming from modern boats with cut baits or lures. Last week there was still the odd good spasm of snapper measuring in length to 82cm caught from the North shore by a Stawell fishing party, so this shows there’s still some big ones around. Vern MCallum caught a 60cm snapper in his catch and there are numerous 35cm snapper around too. Jessie Murray caught one 6kg mulloway over at the north shore to prove that the odd ones are still around. People fishing from the 50m water “out the back” of Lawrence rock and Cape Nelson have produced the usual good fishing quality as shown by Graeme Astbury’s fishing party and others, catching big flathead, gummy sharks, morwong, coral perch and the odd blue shark. Some classy fish revealed in the harbour were haddock up to 1kg and a large catch of slimey mackereal up to 1kg caught by Marcus Wombell. These fish were caught by boat late last week in the afternoon. Some nice whiting and yellow eyed mullet are still being caught off the end of the marina. With the price of fish at the local markets it’s no wonder a lot of anglers are searching for some cheap, fresh and fantastic eating local fish. Not a lot of information on the deeper water except in closer the temperature is holding at just over 15 degrees celsius. The krill is not staying around for the bait in the food chain as the upwelling doesn’t appear to be working yet. It may be too soon or we need some rough westerly winter weather with swell. Sunday the swell was smashing to the top of the quarry and this is what is needed to bring in the krill and food chain for the tuna if they arrive and blue whales. FISHING REPORT FOR 6th April 2005. Over the last week, Snook, known as pike and sea pike known as lythe have been caught in several reef locations from the North shore, town reef and Lawrence rock. Several tourists and local fishermen including Phil Stanford and Tim Clark have enjoyed catching these classy eating fish. A few fishermen have been lucky enough to catch the odd sweep including Michael Sheehans which weighed 900gm and caught off the Lee Breakwall. Snapper measuring in the range of 35cm to 45cm have been caught in Cape Nelson bay to as far as the abalone farm. Snapper have been caught in spasms from the Lee Breakwall, as Vern McCallum, Clarky and several others can vouch for. With autumn set in, snapper tend to move out through the Cape Nelson area into deeper water and can be caught in this spot right through winter as proven by the cray pot catches and in past fishing history in the deeper water. Spasmodic catches of whiting have been caught in most traditional locations, including inside the Lee Tanker wharf and end of the marina jetty. One group of fishermen caught some good sized calamarie at Lawrence rock whilst fishing for lythe. Some nice catches of yellow eye mullet have been caught in the harbour, the canal and off the end of the marina. Haddock have not played their traditional game lately even thought they are around, but perhaps they’ll fire up this weekend with the warm settled weather. Early this week, salmon made a spasmodic appearance near the harbour when the dolphins pushed them in. Not a lot of fishing activity in the 50m water off Cape Nelson, although the food chain is thick with couta. The squid boats are working in this thick food chain as can be seen from the Cape Nelson lighthouse. Water temperature is just below 16 degrees Celsius and the krill is very thick. This area is where the blue sharks have been thick and some mako’s have merged from this warm water current. It’s a good time from now on to catch gummy shark, morwong and other fish from the Cape Nelson area as the weather is usually settled and not as rough as the winter season. Hopefully some blue fin tuna will be sent to this area when the tuna cycle clicks together. Usually this happens in five or seven year cycles and is associated with albino and other current cycles. This cycle also appears with the actions of krill, temperature, mako shark, saries which are bait, associated swell and rough weather cycles on migrational movement. Presently a lot of dolphins are migrating past and in past years these have been associated with tuna feeding on saries. FISHING REPORT FOR 31st March 2005. Tourists enjoy a variety of good fish. With good weather over Easter and a mixture of fish available for the tourists who travelled long distances and spent their hard earned dollars a variety of fish were exposed. There’s still a lot of blue sharks which are thick at present, with the odd mako and thresher shark in which one was even hooked off the Lee Breakwall. Any amount of couta to large size are around making it hard for those fishing the 50m water behind Lawrence rock but some fisho’s still caught their feed of large flathead, morwong, coral perch and the odd gummy shark in amongst their snapper. Many fishermen over at the North shore were served up a lot of snapper measuring to 35cm with some lucky enough to catch ones reaching the 60cm mark. Quite a lot of whiting in spasms have come from the North shore as well as black nose point, with some hitting the magic 1kg mark.. Flathead reaching the 1kg mark have been enjoyed by many also. Quite a lot of snook locally called Pike and lithe which are called short fin pike have weighed from small to as large as 3.5kg. Sunday, Tim Clark’s lucky boat caught snook to 3.5kg feeding seals at the same time and some of the lithe weighed over the 1kg. Friday, Andrew Rundell enjoyed a nice feed of whiting from the five corner service station area and also hooked a five to six kilogram yellowtail in the same spot, once again in the lucky boat. John McCain caught a good catch of flathead “out the back”. Garry Filliponi caught seven gillers, schoollies, snapper and flathead over at the north shore. Saturday, Paul Melbloom released approx 100kg thresher and Ann Charman caught a gummy off the Lee Breakwall. Mullet, trevally and bream have been caught in the canal. FISHING REPORT FOR 23rd March 2005. LOTS OF SIZE SNAPPER. With the Easter break close, there are plenty of size snapper to 40cm and a few spasmodic larger fish being caught down at the abalone farm in the 12 to 14m water. Quite a lot of snapper have been caught off the Lee Breakwall to Cape Nelson Bay including Grant Bay with Tim Clark boasting about bagging out on snapper to 45cm in consecutive catches. Most of these snapper are small, good fun to catch and exceptional sweet eating when fresh, but the undersized ones must be released in good condition. Dean Wombell proved that other fish are showing their heads, with the large 900gm yellow eye mullet, whiting and trevally mixed into the catch off the end of the merina jetty. Other fishermen have experienced haddock weighing up to 750gm and beyond caught from boats and off the Lee Breakwall. With the infestation of couta the action does not stop here as they’ll definitely stop anyone going to sleep. Out the back of Lawrence Rock, in the deeper 50m water, the big couta are like a curtain of scissors on tackle making it hard to fish for gummies. On Sunday, the Walters caught three gummies by getting their baits past the couta and also added some nice flathead and the other expected varieties. Some large whiting caught from the north shore have been cut up on the famous fish cleaning tables. And if you’re expecting a good feed of fish over Easter you should not be disappointed, with what’s been caught here in recent weeks and the predicted great weather. The water temperature at present out the back is approximately 16.5deg C which is good for autumn. The amount of plankton, krill, jellyfish, couta, bait, dolphins, gannets, seals, mako sharks and torpedo squid feeding in this rich food chain may send in tuna if we are lucky with blue whales in the next few weeks if all the signs click together. The amount of krill and plankton in the water “out the back” is extraordinarily thick. In the not so good tuna years, these tuna always travel passed here a long way off the coast yet in the last week they were spotted 24 nautical miles off shore and this is a good sign for early in the season. April, will prompt us if the tuna are here with the first reported signs from the Port McDonald area, which is just up the road! FISHING REPORT FOR 16th March 2005. Catches of Large King George whiting this week. Each week appears to change with the catch varieties. Saturday morning there was 70-80 boat trailers at the boat ramp which usually shows a lot of activity, as many of these boats come in after dark. It shows how we all take things for granted especially when there are no lights working at the boat ramp! It’s a lot harder to load boats and see what you’re doing, so I hope this problem is fixed before Easter. Whiting from the North shore are large in size which is normal for Portland and Jack Stanford’s largest whiting weighed 1kg cleaned. Alan Mitchell caught a whiting also in the high range, close to 1kg. Paul Benbow and Graham Hinkley caught 10 whiting weighing from 850gm to 1kg. In the afternoon, they bagged out on snapper 3.5kg to 6kg which were caught from snapper point. Many other fishermen have enjoyed the spoils of sized fish for their unique eating quality. For example, the odd Chinese leather jacket, calamarie and torpedo squid with a lot of couta to 60cm, just to keep you on your toes. In the 50m water, out the back of Lawrence rock and toward Cape Nelson lighthouse the boats hitting this water will definitely vouch to the huge amount of big couta. The couta are that thick in spasms that you just can’t fish the bottom. The few that have reached the bottom somehow have caught morwong, gummy sharks, flathead and the usual array of goodies. The blue sharks are next in line, and these are in plague proportions as reported by the squid boats that haven’t been able to operate properly because of this. Most fishermen fishing this area are letting them go with many being tagged also. A lot of these sharks are only 4’ long and you can see some of them swimming in the krill lines. With the amount of krill floating around, this should set up plenty of fish activity for the coming Easter break. Most water temperature is in the 17 degrees C. range and we haven’t really seen any yellowtail this week but with the trevally around they could show their heads very soon. FISHING REPORT FOR 9th March 2005. An interesting mixture of fish in the harbour. This week revealed a mixture of fish in this area even though the large swells kept most fishermen close to the harbour. There appears to be a lot of white krill and bait in the food chain close to the harbour including many fish in amongst this. This is usually a good sign because when conditions settle down and the seas clean up most of the larger predators are not far off this food chain. For example: sharks, snapper and yellowtail. Krill are on the top of the food chain and other fish below include: couta, slimy machereal, torpedo squid, calamarie squid, mullet, machereal and lots of other bait. The water temperature is still relatively warm enough to catch the odd yellowtail on anchor although the water is still a bit stirred up and unclean. Early this week yellowtail were seen at snapper point, and in the harbour last weekend, with some 3kg ones including one caught off the Lee Breakwall. Sized snapper and trevally are being caught in and near the harbour including the Lee Breakwall. Twice, last week, Vern McCallum caught snapper measuring up to 63cm from snapper point, these were late evening catches. Haddock weighing up to 750gm have been caught off the Lee Breakwall in the harbour. Slimy mackereal, the odd striped tuna and a big influx of couta measuring 60-70cm have revealed themselves off the Lee. Good spasms, of large torpedo squid, the odd calmarie squid and one mako shark was hooked in the harbour this weekend. This week, Lockie Wombwell had one good catch of whiting from black nose and some tourists caught a few good whiting in the harbour. So on the amount of different species of fish caught the tourist look like having a good fishing experience merging up to the Easter break. The squid boats report plenty of blue shark and mako shark, so they should be in the 50m water when the weather settles. Late last week, a good sized gummy shark was caught by a lucky fisho on the Lee Breakwall and another fishing party, revealed a good haul of large flathead frames at the fish cleaning tables. Portland harbour is one of very few fishing places in Victoria that is still safe to fish when the weather is rough elsewhere due to its unique land outcrop protection against the weather and elements plus it has safe harbour return facilities. We now have a base station, weather forecast on radio and the unique coast guard facilities.