As the temperature continues to rise so does the enthusiasm of anglers and thankfully for us the fish are beginning to play the game.
Though it has been extremely windy, the snapper have arrived and are chomping at the bit to dominate our fishing reports!
Stockyard point has been fishing rather well if it is something bigger that you crave. Small gummy sharks are still in plentiful numbers with fish around the 4-6kg mark, providing plenty of fun and an even better feed for anglers willing to put the time in. Pilchards and trevally fillet have been the go-to bait; remember that low tide is the best time to be fishing in this area.
Good mates Stewart and Sean have been hammering the mullet off the Tooradin Pier on small pieces of pilchard and assure me that the key to their success is plenty of berley to keep the fish around. The Warneet Pier has been coming to life around the top of the tide with swarms of silver trevally providing plenty of bent rods all over the pier.
Both the Bourchier and Boulton channels have seen their fair share of both snapper and gummies and will only continue to fish better as we move into some warmer weather. The key to fishing this area is to anchor out the front of either of the channels on the outgoing tide and pick off the fish as they move out as the tide empties. The lower the tide the better.
Some good snapper have already been taken in this area and it is a Western Port hot spot for table-sized gummies. I have also seen some once-in-a-lifetime mulloway caught here so don’t be surprised if you hear about a few of these fish turning up in this area in the coming weeks.
Joes Island is a proven area for some good snapper action and so far it has not disappointed. From the reports I have received from Joes, smaller baits are essential. Half pillies have been exceptional and most fish have been in the smaller size bracket of around 1-2kg with the odd fish to 4kg finding it too hard to resist a well presented bait.
Even though snapper is the word on everyone’s lips at the moment, the calamari are still making it difficult for anglers to trade in their squid jigs for a couple of 5/0’s! The boys from Big Time Fishing Charters have seen some of the best squid fishing of the year recently with some absolute beauties coming from both the Quail and Tyabb banks.
Peter Formosa put in a few solid hours on the Tyabb Bank recently and found it was the purple jigs that were the flavour of the day. Local hero’s T-Dogg and Stinga have been working very hard for a few squid along the Tyabb bank and orange IKA squid jigs have been a favourite of the two lads.
Lysaghts has easily been the most productive area of the top end for snapper so far. Good mate Peter Ferguson has had a stellar year on the snapper so far and Lysaghts has been very kind to him this season. Most recently he landed a 5.08kg red with a handful of other 3.5kg models with fresh squid being the go-to bait.
Peter Clarke found a nice fish of 5kg that snapped up a whole pilchard and regular customer of Tackleworld Cranbourne Andrew Blanch found himself in a very similar situation when his whole pilchard was also taste tested by a cracking 5kg red.
Trent opened his snapper account with a 3kg fish taken on fresh squid and Trav Salby turned a couple of salmon into a nice pair of snapper of around 4kg each in the same area.
The middle spit is another area that has refused to let anglers slip the snapper blinkers on. The whiting have still been around in good numbers, they haven’t been the easiest little critters to find, but the rewards are certainly there for those willing to persist. Some better whiting have been nudging the 42cm mark and both pipi and whiting worm have been stand out baits. Matt Cini of Reel Time Charters has had a ball of late with customers regularly bagging out while on charter.
It is well and truly time to cash in those long hours spent in front of the heater and hang a few snapper off all of those pre-tied rigs we all make over the winter.
As the warmth in the air brings most boats out of hibernation, we can all take comfort in that fact that the snapper have finally graced us with their presence!Reads: 4046