THE long weekend provided joy for thousands of visitors who flocked to Portland to catch fish and check out the cruise ship MS Europa, but for some, the pleasure was diluted by traffic and the closure of Lee Breakwater.
Throughout Saturday in particular, bemused Portlanders watched their city come alive with visitors, so many that Bentinck and Gawler streets at times looked like Melbourne’s infamous traffic-snarled Hoddle St.
“I couldn’t even make a right turn, there were that many cars in front of me,” one lifelong Portlander commented. Said another: “It took me 15 minutes to drive from Macs to the Richmond Henty bottle shop. Incredible.”
No prize for guessing that it was fish that attracted most visitors to town, but for once it wasn’t tuna, which was in very short supply.
“Fishermen were getting mako shark in the deep water,” Bruce Elijah of Compleat Angler said. “There were also a fair few blue eye out at the shelf and some kingfish off the north shore. It was very slow for tuna and albacore, not much at all.”
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.