The fishing sure is firing up offshore! From snapper, gummy shark and an abundance of squid, an anglers feast is sure to be had.
The tumultuous start to spring with the heavy rain, high winds and cold temperatures all having a flow on effect on our fishing conditions. The heavy rain has brought about an on flow from the river system thus producing dirty water in our fishing grounds and the cold water temperatures have hindered the feeding of many fish.
The swell has also been high limiting the amount of opportunities to head offshore and sample what is out there.
With the conditions now settling down we are starting to see more activity offshore and hopefully it’s just a taste of what is yet to come.
The squid have been plentiful thus far. Swan Bay has shown to be a great producer of squid and they have provided many anglers with entertainment whilst waiting for the right conditions to head offshore. Many anglers have taken the opportunity to stock up on fresh bait and prepare themselves for when the snapper frenzy really hits this month.
The squid have been up to 2.5kg, though commonly ranging around 1kg and have been found in 1-3m of water. We have found the Yamashita to be the stand out jig. With the weather warming up we can only expect the squid to get bigger from here in.
This time last year we were well and truly into an awesome snapper season, but as we all know the weather has limited our opportunities to get out there.
But once the conditions were in favour to head offshore we were able to produce snapper between 3-6kg. Greatest success was found in 40m of water.
There have been a few reports of snapper being caught in the bay but not in the quantity’s we have become accustomed too. But take heart, they are out there as they are sounding and with the conditions changing every day it’s just a matter of time now.
So for snapper be armed with fresh pilchard and squid and be patient and as frustration starts to take over, remember the sound of your reel peeling, the battle of reeling it in and the satisfaction of having a big red waiting for you on the other end.
Gummy sharks have been great so far this season and for those that are prepared to put in the time and effort they too will be rewarded. The front of Barwon Heads is the place to find them, producing a decent 5-10kg range for this time of year. As with the snapper, use squid for bait, anchor up and berley is essential for success.
The salmon are occasionally making an appearance, with the odd few popping up here and there. With the warmer weather approaching we will be seeing the baitfish moving in and hopefully the salmon will follow. If this is the species you are seeking, arm yourself with some white Ocky's on 2-4kg light gear, and hopefully you will troll your way to success.
Things sure are firing up off shore, but they are only at a simmer in comparison to what the warmer weather is yet to bring. If given a few cracker days in the next month we may even see a few mako shark making an appearance.Reads: 1311