Big Boys on the way
  |  First Published: November 2011

We have had some great spring weather this year and it has provided us with many opportunities to get out there and experience some awesome spring fishing.


As usual Swan Bay has managed to hold on to its reputation of being a great producer of squid, as they have been plentiful again this season. Portsea and the surrounds have also been a prime location for the squid and taking in some good-sized squid, ranging up to the 2kg mark.

We have had great success with the red and orange coloured jigs this year and with squid sizes have been up to 2.5kg, though commonly ranging around 1kg and have been found in 1-3m of water.


When heading offshore in search of the snapper Barwon Heads is the place to be from 40-60m of water, snapper have been found ranging from 2-5kg in size.

Also to bear in mind when snapper fishing is don’t forget to try the inner reef around Queenscliff, as it too has been known to produce some good-sized reds.

If you are in search of the elusive snapper, be armed with fresh pilchard and squid and be patient. As frustration starts to take over remember the sound of your reel peeling and the satisfaction of having a big red waiting for you on the other end of your line.

Gummy Shark

Alongside the snapper the gummy sharks have been working well this season. They are a great by-catch to the snapper and can be found at the front of Barwon Heads using squid for bait, and coming in at a decent 5-10kgs for this time of year.

Australian Salmon

There has been a lot of baitfish around inshore and offshore, so the salmon have not been far behind. We have found the salmon inshore particularly in the mornings ranging to 1.5 kg in size.

If salmon is the species you are seeking then arm yourself with some white Ocky's on 2-4kg light gear and hopefully you to will troll your way to success.


Flathead is the all time family favourite on the dinner table and can be very entertaining on the water. If you are in search for some flatties best place is out of the back of the rip in 40m, however if the weather is to rough try in the bay in 16m, and you will be sure to get some good-sized flathead.


We have seen the odd mako around so far and with the warmer weather coming up I would start looking for them out in 70m+ of water, you will be amazed as to what you may find out there during November.

With plenty of anglers in search of the reds and others on the hunt for squid, the warmer weather coming up is set to get the offshore action really pumping and we may start seeing some of the big boys coming out to play.

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