The ‘S’ word is on every angler’s lips at the moment and the reports are starting to trickle through.
In Western Port the best areas to try for the reds are Hastings, Corinella and Joe’s Island.
In Port Phillip, Carrum, Ansetts and Frankston have started producing fish and in November it will all be happening.
It should be a bumper year for snapper because of all the freshwater flowing into the bays.
Kilcunda, Baxters and Woolamai beaches have all had reasonably good reports of Australian salmon with fish taken up to 2kg.
Whitebait has been the best bait and the top of the rising tide has been the most productive.
Cleelands Bight has been the standout area with good bags of calamari being taken, but apart from the squid not much else is happening.
A few early snapper around the 4kg mark have come in from Elizabeth Island and gummies around 4-5kg in the Corinella area.
Around the other side of the bay, the Tortoise Head Bank is producing a few whiting and Lysharts area, along the Middle Spit, is where some early snapper have been taken.
Good numbers of calamari are being caught off Stoney Point, Tortoise Head and the Tyabb Bank.
The big squid are now about in good numbers and the Flinders Pier is a current hot spot for land-based anglers.
There are heaps of calamari in Port Phillip at the moment with fishos bagging out with the big squid in the Sorrento/Portsea area.
A 3.5kg one was landed off the Portsea Pier.
On my last two trips we had no trouble catching our bag of smaller squid off Sunnyside Beach in half an hour.Reads: 1949