It’s all about those snapper this month, as anglers for many anglers work, family and anything else seems to take second place.
Who can really blame them?
After what has been a cold and slow winter, now is the time get out on the water and among the big numbers of snapper that are in the bay.
The early season run of snapper started off with a bang with excellent reports of reds being taken by land-based anglers, with local gurus Eren and Bashir landing good numbers of fish between 2-5kg. Best of all, these good inshore runs of early season snapper generally mean that the inshore reefs will hold big snapper over the coming months.
For those anglers in the boats, the Parkdale pinnacles has also been well worth a look with anglers finding good numbers of big pinkies and plenty of 3-5kg snapper among them. This area through to Ricketts Point has also been a favourite for anglers in kayaks as they troll deep diving minnows in anything from 4-10m of water, finding good success on solid snapper of 2-6kg.
Wide of Mordialloc Pier the large flat reef known as the Hump continues to be a top spot to fish on first and last light with both bait and lure anglers getting among good fish.
Beaumaris Pier has been holding the odd squid and garfish. It has seen a few nice pinkies being taken late in the afternoon, especially during strong south west winds.
Off Ricketts Point, the snapper run is really heating up with anglers finding snapper both in close along the reef edge and out deeper, with locations such as the Gasso being a favourite location, and for good reason as this area holds huge numbers of fish each year.
Results for the lure anglers have been exceptional over the past month for both trolling and casting with a lot of the bigger fish being taken this way. Perhaps it has something to do with the large volume of bait in the bay that is making the reds actively hunt up off the bottom.
Strong south west winds have kept the inshore fishing rolling along nicely over the past weeks, with land-based anglers reporting some solid reds off the Sandringham Breakwall and the Hampton Rock Groynes during strong onshore winds. While boat anglers are also getting into the action with some big reds being taken in shallow water locations such as the Gully and off Green Point.
For those who want bait or a good feed the past few weeks have also seen a few squid and some solid garfish turning up on the large shallow reef known as Yorkies, and for those in the know its only a matter of time till the whiting move in on this reef system.
Out wider, the edge of the shipping lane from T1 up to the Fawkner Beacon has held big schools of snapper and this month should see them stack up even more, which will in turn see some insane fishing begin.
To the north Brighton Breakwall saw some decent snapper hooked, lost and landed during October and fingers crossed some of the really big reds will turn up of a night over the coming weeks.
Further north again towards Green Point has seen anglers doing well in the shallow water during the night with some good snapper being taken among the pinkie snapper while heading out deeper anglers are reporting good catches of snapper in the 2-5kg bracket over a wide variety of depths. However the 14-16m line seems to be producing consistent reports, as this area has plenty of scallop and mussel beds scattered through this area.
Up at Elwood and through to St Kilda, fingers are crossed that the top end of the bay produces snapper over the coming weeks like it did last November.
If shallow water and big screaming snapper are what you crave for then now is the time to be on the water throughout the night for what is often memorable fishing on numbers of big reds.
Places such as the Elwood Drain all the way through to St Kilda Breakwall and beyond tend to attract these big fish under the cover of darkness as they hunt and feed on the abundant cunjevoi beds throughout the area.
In here the water is never too shallow, with the 3-6m depths often producing the best results on snapper that have to be caught to be believed, with screaming runs that will have you thinking that they are all monsters.
October can be dynamite through this areas as the top end of the bay will often be a degree or two warmer than other parts, which in turn can see a large influx of fish heading to this area in search of warmer water and food.
For the land-based angler, Kerford Road, Lagoon and Station piers are all well worth fishing over the next four weeks as the big snapper feed heavily in this part of the bay. While for the boat anglers some of the better snapper grounds are only a few hundred meters off shore, which makes for some great fishing for those anglers in smaller boats or the ever-growing band of anglers in kayaks.
As an added bonus for the land-based anglers the piers have also started to fish well for some squid and the odd mullet and small salmon, all of which should really start to improve as the water warms over the coming months.Reads: 4595