Everything for everyone
  |  First Published: December 2011

This is the month where we will start to see fishing fever hit Queenscliff.

The whole town becomes a buzz as holidaymakers start to settle in and relax into their summer holidays. The boat ramp full is of boats and anglers with high hopes; it’s a great place to be!

Anglers are spoilt for choice with snapper, salmon, flathead and shark, it’s such as great time of year to be out on the water.


The reds have been providing plenty of action offshore this season, mostly coming in at around the 3-6kg mark.

To experience the thrill of catching this season’s snapper offshore, berley up and anchor up in 40m of water, though you may need some patience waiting for the snapper. It’s worth the wait when you see the shimmer of red as you reel in your line.

By December the snapper have well and truly made their way into the bay and you will see us chasing the reds up in the bay in about 20m of water.

You will find the smaller snapper offshore at this stage, however do not discount snapper fishing out the heads, they may be smaller in size but the fishing can be more challenging, as you have to reel them in from greater depths.


December and January are the months to be on the hunt for shark in Bass Strait. There are so many different species out there from seven-gill shark, school shark and gummy shark, but the prized capture is the mako shark. The makos provide a great fight and an awesome display for they have been known to leap out of the water and mesmerise you with their acrobatics.

Seven-gill sharks and the odd school shark and gummy have been coming in at about 16-22kg at the moment. Set your berley trail and wait for one of these feisty fighters to make for some exciting adrenalin pumping action, and a great day on the water with some great stories to tell.

With our turbulent weather make sure the conditions are ideal to head off shore before you are on the hunt for your next ultimate shark adventure.

Australian salmon

The salmon have made a few appearances in Swan Bay, though only sparsely. December should see them turning up in the rip so keep a look out, and keep your white Ockies on hand when trolling for this species.


The good old flathead should start to fire up in December. They can be found on the drift in the east in approx 30-50m of water with squid being their preferred bait.


Swan Bay and the bight have been the place to find the squid. Out in the bight they have been bigger in size and Swan Bay has been producing the smaller sized ones.

December will see the squid reduce in numbers, however with so many other fish on offer its time to give other species a try.

With great weather, great fishing and Christmas festivities in the air, from all of us at Gone Fishing Charters have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

Reads: 1100

Matched Content ... powered by Google

Latest Articles

Fishing Monthly Magazines On Instagram

Digital Editions

Read Digital Editions

Current Magazine - Editorial Content

Western Australia Fishing Monthly
Victoria Fishing Monthly
Queensland Fishing Monthly