I thought that last season was good but this season has been even better.
It seems that everyone is catching snapper! What a great fishery we have right on our doorstep.
Salmon are still around in good numbers. Woolamai, Williamsons, Kilcunda and Baxters beaches are all reporting fish up to 2kg being caught on a rising tide with a few gummies taken after dark in some of the deeper gutters.
Below the bridge the calamari have gone quiet in the Cleelands Bight area but some good whiting have shown up and fishing the run-out tide has been more productive. For those looking for quality table fish, outside the entrance there are tiger and sand flathead (around the 40cm mark) in reasonable numbers off the glasshouse in 40m of water.
For fishos looking for a bit more action, the makos are back on the 70m line if you really want some fun and excitement.
Above the bridge, well, what can I say? Snapper, snapper and more snapper, especially at the Corals, Silverleaves, Rhyll, Observation Point, Corinella, Hastings and Joes Island. When the fish are on the go you can bag out in a very short time. There are also quite a few salmon and barracouta spread out throughout the bay.
The whiting are also showing up in greater numbers but there are a lot of small fish about in the 25-30cm range.
A note of warning to all anglers; please don’t get carried away in the heat of excitement when the fish are coming in thick and fast. Make sure that your fish are not undersized and that you don’t exceed bag limits because this year fisheries will be on the water in bigger numbers and at the boat ramps checking your catches.
If you exceed your quota by too many fish not only will your fishing gear be confiscated but your boat and car will be as well. This has already happened in several areas around the bay. So just catch what you need and don’t go over the bag limits and enjoy your fishing.
With all the snapper activity going on in the bays, I haven’t had many reports come in. There are some good-sized gummies off Ventnor in the 10kg range and big whiting off Merricks and Shoreham beaches.
To all the lucky fishos on holiday you shouldn’t have too much trouble in a catching a feed. Just remember fish early or fish late, use fresh bait and you will do okay. Enjoy the holidays!
Frankie Natoli with a terrific example of this season’s snapper.Reads: 1016