With snapper season now in full swing, the results so far have been quite good.
The Tea Tree Competition has come and gone and this is always a good indication of the fishing season.
The weather was not good, with a dropping barometer and a deluge of rain on Saturday. However 2,051 people fished the comp and 1348 fish were weighed in.
The heaviest fish was a monster of 12.02kg which was caught by Eric Morgan in Western Port. The interesting thing was that there were more fish weighed in from Western Port than there was from Port Phillip which as far as I can remember has never happened before.
The surf beaches are producing something of a mixed bag at the moment, with a lot of water mixed in with the fish.
There have been a few reports trickling in from Baxters and Woolamai beaches with Australian salmon around the 1kg mark being taken on whitebait.
Outside the entrance there have been good numbers of barracouta around the 1m mark. While in the Cleelands Bight area reasonable numbers of calamari are still about.
The Newhaven Jetty has been accounting for a few pinkie snapper so it’s been attracting a good number of anglers.
Whiting have started in Dickies Bay and some good fish have been caught just off the Cowes boat ramp.
Western Port is having a bumper snapper season with fish showing up practically everywhere!
The hot spots have been Freemans Point, Corinella, The Corals and Joe’s island.
The big squid are still about off Flinders and there have been several reports of good whiting catches off Flinders, Somers and Cat Bay areas.
I would like to wish all readers a safe and happy Christmas and may all your fish be big ones!
Wally Torossi with a 6kg snapper caught off Mt Eliza.Reads: 1910