Portland is the site of the first European settlement
and features many historic buildings and short stretches of beach fronting safe still waters. The deep-water bulk port in Portland is strategically located between Melbourne
where over 4 million tonnes of cargo is handled annually.
Protected from southerly squalls by Cape Sir William Grant, the beach and port waters provides great fishing opportunities for snapper, flathead, whiting, trevally, Australian salmon and sweep. Portland has an excellent launching ramp with cleaning tables for those who want to target game fish like shark offshore. Sharks such as blue, mako, thresher, bronze whaler, school and gummy sharks can be targeted in Portland Bay during the mating season from October to December. They then congregate offshore from the Fitzroy River
mouth through October to May. Species such as snapper, whiting and flathead are the commonly targeted fish around Portland. The beach at Narrawong which is 19kms east of Portland provides some top surf fishing for Australian salmon, snapper and even mulloway
during the summer months.
Sharks can be targeted on heavy gear using very sharp No. 6/0 to 10/0 hooks on wire trace. When fishing for snapper use 10kgs of main line, a heavy sinker and a couple of droppers. Snapper are not fussy eaters and should respond well to crab meat, garfish
, mussel, octopus, pilchard, squid and prawns. They tend to be bottom dwellers and like to hold and feed over very rough reef and in deep holes. Snapper will provide a tough fight and once hooked, tend to run hard and deep. Snapper near Portland is best targeted between November and April. Although snapper is commonly taken offshore from boat over spots like Minerva Reef and Cod Splat, there are some good spots for shore anglers around Lee Breakwater and the marina wharf in the port.