Deep tasty feeds
Mark Gercovich | April 2016

Lewis Holland with a 60kg Southern bluefin caught while targeting broadbill.

April is usually the month that the southern bluefin frenzy kicks into gear. However, this year the SBT have been a consistent (and consistently fussy), target over the past couple of months. The kingfish, that have been around with them as well, usually vacate the area by April, but there is plenty of other offshore action on offer.
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Attention turns to kingfish
Daniel Kent | April 2016

Schools of kingfish have been holding on the Bumbry Reef, which is only a short trip from the boat ramp.

The fishing news around town is all about one species: yellowtail kingfish.
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Portland is the place for kingfish. Jack holds up a nice pair of kings at 13kg each.

What a month we’ve had in Portland, with the mighty kingfish appearing, and many anglers achieving results, from 5-6kg fish to monsters close to 20kg, which has made this one of the best seasons in years. Others have been spooled or snapped off, and with some of the gear being used catches may get even bigger.
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Pelagics pound the coast
Mark Gercovich | March 2016

Dan Mackerel and Steve Parker recently experienced some awesome offshore stickbaiting action.

The Shipwreck Coast Fishing Classic is held annually in March. The competition is fished in local estuary, surf and offshore waters between Port Campbell and Yambuk from 12-20 March. Keep these dates in mind if you’re thinking of making a trip down, as there will be plenty of prizes for both junior and senior anglers. If the fishing continues with the excellence of late, the competition should be a ripper.
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Small mako sharks like this one caught by Sam Parker keep anglers busy.

Every autumn blows me away with how well the area fishes. Species such as gummy shark, school shark, yellowtail kingfish and southern bluefin tuna have made massive comebacks from previous years. These fish were once myths and whispers, but are now staple fare.
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Portland – the place to be
Nigel Fisher | February 2016

This cracking snapper was caught a while ago off the Lee Breakwater and tipped the scales at a whopping 11kg.

What a start to the year! With great weather over the Christmas and holiday period here in Portland, we’ve had a big influx of tourist and boaties over the past month.
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Mako-ing it rain down south
Mark Gercovich | February 2016

Antony Lubjic with a whopping 104kg mako shark taken recently off Warrnambool.

February is the peak time for many summer species, in particular the larger game fish like mako sharks and yellowtail kingfish. The fact that some good specimens have already shown up in early summer is hopefully a sign of some excellent angling once the warm calm February days arrive.
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Shark fishing causes hurly-berley in the bay!
Daniel Kent | February 2016

The reef edges around Cape Otway have been worth a look in the search for gummy and school sharks.

Recent weeks give a good indication of a great month of fishing in Apollo Bay. Anglers fishing the back of the golf course, Marengo and the Waterfall reefs have caught good numbers of whiting up to 48cm on pipis. Use berley made from bread, pellets and tuna oil to get the whiting fired up and this mix will keep them around your boat for a longer period of time.
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Sharks – the new Portland tuna
Nigel Fisher | December 2015

The Lee breakwater will get busier as the summer goes on, as anglers try to catch the big snapper!

Things are certainly heating up in Portland and there’s no better season to come and spend some time in our hometown. As most people are aware, we’ve just had one of the biggest tuna seasons with tuna exceeding the 100kg mark. These fabulous fish have really put Portland and other areas around the southwest on the international map as the word spread like wild fire.
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