Tune into the snapper
  |  First Published: November 2011

Many anglers are already in tune with the snapper run and there have been plenty of anglers reporting success.

Most of the reports that I have received have come from the shallow water areas. These include Coronet Bay, Corinella, Lang Lang and the odd report from the Western Entrance.

Dan Sutherland reported that he had success while fishing off Freemans Point. Dan fished in magnificent conditions to catch a 7kg new season snapper. While I am lacking any more information on this particular fish, specimens like this are a common catch in this area.

The Corinella region produces some magnificent fish throughout the season and this time of year is no different. Sure the water temperature may not be at its prime to stimulate all the fish to feed but the ones that do take a bait are usually of exceptional sizes.

Sven Eriksson and his son found out just how productive early season snapper can be when fishing in the Corinella region. The boys had a great day out and ended it on a high after they boated a magnificent 5.8kg cleaned snapper.

There have also been significant reports from the mouth of the Tenby Channel. This area has a good reef system located in 5m of water. Finding it will require the use of your depth sounder but when you do, the fishing can be outstanding. This area has been fishing best on the flood tide.

Some good whiting have also been reported in the Reef Island area. This location produces some good-sized fish, especially hard amongst the reef on a high tide. I have had two reports this month from anglers fishing in 5m of water amongst the reef to catch good numbers of whiting to 40cm.

Vic Stevens has been catching them on a regular basis. What they lack in quantity they certainly make up for in size with Vic landing six fish all over 40cm. Best baits have been pipi and shucked mussel.

Although the whiting and snapper have been exceptional, gummy sharks have also been a welcomed catch. Most of the larger versions have come from the Western Entrance. Povman and Danny fished in the Western Entrance but before doing so they stopped off at Stony Point to catch a few calamari to use as fresh bait. Later on that evening the boys anchored in the Western Entrance where they managed two gummy sharks. One estimated at 13kg and the other at 14kg. Both fish were caught during the last of the flood tide.

Land-based anglers have also been catching their fair share too. At this time of year anglers head to the sand in search of snapper and gummy sharks and one location that continues to produce quality fish is Balnarring Beach. The rocks to the right of the beach have rod holders concreted into them to make fishing easier. This location is best fished two hours either side of the low tide.

Brett Elwers has had good success recently catching gummy sharks. On one occasion he managed two nice gummy sharks when using fresh garfish baits. Staff member Mark Keaveny has also had some good land-based success from Somers and Stock Yard Point. Mark and his mate Wayne Wills took advantage of a couple of the warmer nights and headed to Somers to try their luck.

The boys fished for a total of three hours and landed two ripper gummies, a 3.5kg fish and Waynes new PB of 6.1kg. Both fish took a liking to fresh salmon that was caught earlier during the week.

Mark also hit the sand at Stockyard Point a week later to yet again find success landing two nice little gummies. Land-based fishing is sure to hot up in the coming weeks and these three locations will become very popular.


This is sure to be just about snapper and if you’re looking for a location to go to find quality fish both the Coronet Bay and Corinella regions are worth a look. Both locations are quite shallow ranging 5-8m of water but continue to produce good fish. A high tide is the prime time to try your luck and make sure you have a good bait selection. Pilchards, calamari, salmon and scad are all a good choice.

Berley is essential but don’t overdo it; I would stick to a regular cube trail of cut pilchards. Doing this won’t necessarily attract unwanted species just snapper and the odd salmon, gummy shark and trevally.

While the whiting have been a regular target throughout winter, they will continue on along with calamari. Top location for both these species will be on offer at various location but some of the most prolific are Cleeland Bight, Dickies Bay, Coronet Bay, Tortoise Head, Tankerton, Stony Point, Cat Bay and Flinders. With all these options to explore, I am sure you will all be busy bees over the next few weeks.

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