» Some good catches of pinkies have been reported but spasmodic at best
» The occasional flathead has been caught
» Whiting are scarce and few in numbers.
» The river reports have slowed but salmon, trevally and the odd King George whiting have been reported
» Catches of flathead, snapper and pinkies continue offshore
» Some gummy shark have been reported.
» Reports of snapper are still coming in from those that manage to get out
» Flathead and King George whiting are still on the go both in close and off the beaches
» Reports of salmon being caught off most local beaches continue
» The occasional gummy shark catch has been reported
» Spring Creek continues to produce some bream.
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» St Leonards is still seeing reports of snapper and pinkies
» Whiting catches continue to improve. Some flathead are also being caught
» Gummy shark and squid being caught
» Point Lonsdale has salmon, and trevally, with some good-sized whiting along with calamari catches being reported
» Queenscliff Harbour has some trevally and salmon have been reported
» White Lady is still seeing reports of a few whiting, calamari and flathead being caught
» Indented Head has reports of flathead, squid and some whiting as well as the odd snapper being caught, with reports of some gummy shark being caught out wide
» Clifton Springs is still seeing some nice flathead being reported, with some nice size pinkies also being caught.
PORTARLINGTON Pier is expected to re-open tomorrow (Friday) after it was temporarily closed to allow the construction of a new groyne.
The works were part of the Victorian Government’s $15 million harbour investment designed to support the Bellarine’s growing aquaculture industry and help boost tourism and the local economy.
Parks Victoria district manager Graeme Davis said Parks Victoria had been working with key stakeholders to minimise disruptions during the temporary closures.
“We’d like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during this period,” he said.
Portarlington Safe Harbour provides berthing for a fleet of commercial aquaculture and commercial fishing vessels and Port Phillip Ferry operations which run scheduled services from Melbourne to Portarlington.
Parks Victoria worked with commercial operators to ensure access was provided at scheduled times for ferry passengers and the commercial aquaculture industry.
Works were expected to be complete by March 9, pending favourable weather and conditions.
Meanwhile, the newly completed Portarlington Safe Harbour officially opened last month, paving the way for more boats to dock at the pier, and more visitors to the Bellarine.
Bellarine MP Lisa Neville was delighted to cut the ribbon to the project that has improved recreational and commercial boat access to the pier.
“Already these works have seen increased visitation to the pier, allowing more people to enjoy this beautiful spot,” Ms Neville said.
Portarlington Business Development Association President John Rae said the Portarlington community was thrilled to see the project completed, which was due to the efforts of many people, the two contractors, project manager Parks Victoria and Bellarine Bayside.
“Then there is our local member Lisa Neville who has been amazing with her drive and support of the project which ensured funding was available and any problems that occurred were solved quickly.”
Major infrastructure upgrades included two rock breakwaters to the east and north of the pier, a new 190-metre long concrete commercial berthing area and 27 commercial berths serviced with water and electricity.
The harbour will bolster the region’s aquaculture industry, promote tourism and accelerate economic growth across the Bellarine Peninsula.
And the Bellarine is now easier to explore than ever before, with people able to head down to Portarlington on the Port Phillip Ferry from Docklands, which connects the heart of the Melbourne to the Bellarine.
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