Snapper and Whiting Everywhere
  |  First Published: December 2010

We are definitely in the silly season when it comes to fishing, and pretty much everywhere in Victoria is firing at the moment.

It was perhaps a little late start to the season due to all the cold weather and colder than average water temperatures, but now the fish are around in abundance and there is nearly every species that is possible to catch around all at the same time.


The flathead have finally come in to the estuary in large numbers now and it feels like it has taken forever, but for anyone who like to fish with soft plastics, now is the time to catch flatties.

There’s plenty of big ones around over 50cm in length and even more eating-sized flathead of 35cm plus. For the bait anglers, fish a running sinker rig with bluebait, pilchards or pipis and you will have plenty of fun too.

The whiting around in abundance as well; they are taking pipis very well. There are plenty of anglers doing the work and getting nippers but I’ve just been using pipis because I’m lazy and I’ve been catching plenty as well.

I’ve simply been using a running sinker rig, just as you would for a bream or flathead, but because you have to deal with a fair bit of current at McLoughlins, I've been using a size 2 or size 3 ball sinkers the get the bait down on the bottom. The whiting have been great sized lately as well as there is plenty 40cm and bigger fish.

The snapper fishing hasn’t only been going berserk at Welshpool, but also McLoughlins, Mann’s beach and Port Albert as well. The tide changes has been the key, but at McLoughlins, a tide change either early in the morning or late in the evening has been the key. However in the entrances, where most people have been catching them, you have to deal with a fair bit of weed sometimes, so a lot of the time you only get half an hour either side of the tide change to catch the snapper.

My mate Ben even caught a gummy shark inside McLoughlins as well on a piece of salmon fillet, so there is literally everything inside at the moment.


The snapper have been going very well offshore. Most of the fish I have seen have been between 2-4kg. Squid, pilchards and salmon fillets have all been fishing well. There are also plenty of gummy sharks being caught out there as well.

They are averaging 1m in length but there’s a few bigger too. Fresh salmon and trevally fillets have been working a treat.

Ryan Ware from Anything Estuary Charters caught a massive saltwater crayfish outside McLoughlin’s when chasing snapper. It was eating a salmon fillet meant for a gummy or snapper but Ryan was more than happy to catch this big fellow instead.

Check out the photo, it’s a monster.

For More information on fishing McLoughlin’s Beach, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and excellent deals on all forms of fishing tackle.

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