Singapore Deep – Western Port
  |  First Published: November 2011


This time of year is famous for producing big snapper in the entrance to Port Welshpool. A few monster gummies will also come by to help keep you entertained.


October and November followed by February tend to be the best times, but at the end of the day, you need to be on the spot when the fish swim past.

That is the luck of the draw and the reason why anglers who catch the most fish are those who spend the most time on the water.


A fast water running sinker rig is what you will need. 1.5m of 50lb Instinct leader with one 6/0 hook tied to the end of the line and a second snelled about 12cm above it.

Tie an Optia black rolling swivel to the other end and connect that to your braided mainline. A sliding sinker clip then runs up and down the main line with a 20cm mono dropper of around 20lb for sinker attachment.

This will break away if the sinker gets snagged. Bomb sinkers will range 6-14oz.


Try to sound up a school of fish and work your way along the channel drop offs as you do.

If you don’t find fish, just prop and stop. If you are in the general area, they will find you.


Fresh squid is always hard to beat. Whole, heads, strips or rings. Striped tuna, pilchards and silver whiting are also worth a look.


Try to cube with pilchards as the tide slows down or use a secret weapon berley dispenser. As the tide starts to move, the berley will do its job.


If you catch a few, change to a single 6/0 to 8/0 circle hook to make release easy and effective.

Big reds are the target at Singapore Deep in Western Port.

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