Portland is one of Victoria?s most under rated fishing meccas with various types of fish available in all seasons.
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The summer fishing spots are protected by a land outcrop from the westerly weather with the added bonus of a safe harbour. This harbour boasts one of the best boat ramps in Victoria with lights, cleaning tables with running water. The city has a new coast guard boat and marine base station for fishermen.
In January, one of the ?hottest? type of fish is the shallow line sizzling, gear smashing yellow tail king fish and not to many over 16kg hit the fish tables from this four to six meter deep water. In thirty years no one has caught a yellowtail over 16 kilogram, yet we see them in the water up to 20 kilograms and beyond. They are not easy to catch in shallow water and sometimes they are even bigger around at the Cape Nelson lighthouse.
Mullaway are ?a sight for sore eyes?, they taste fantastic and are a summer fish. Sharks such as makos and thresher do their line ripping and famous jumping out of the water antics, then the blue sharks, gummies, bronze whalers, schoolies, and of course the great white sharks are here in our seas. The biggest white pointer caught from these waters was 5.7 meters which was caught in the 1980?s.Morwong , blue morwong, snapper and coral perch are indeed a true smorgasbord of fish also caught.
The endangered southern bluefin tuna are another bonus which are caught here most years during winter and their average size is 17 kg to 23 kg. At times the professionals catch them weighing up to 100 kilograms.
Albacore, 20 kilogram and more swim past the continental shelf.
Portland bay is an important nursery bay for juvenile snapper, they infest the bay during summer and it takes an undersized snapper eighteen months to reach 2.5 kg, as proven by tagging these fish with many migrating to Port Phillip Bay.
In summer you will catch plenty of torpedo squid and have good runs of big calamarie squid averaging one kilogram, but they can grow to more then 4kg and in October, they arrive here full of eggs amongst the snapper.
In autumn, haddock and trevaley are thick here and weigh about one kg.
Most of the North shore is natural reef, from the volcanic lava overflows from years ago when it was wild country and the bay boasts fossilized shark teeth of size to prove that Portland years ago was a whaling base station.
125 Kg. S.B.Tuna comming to boat,
125 kg.S.B.Tuna. 15/4/07.
This is one of the Southern Bluefin Tuna of 125kg which was caught 15/4/07..