Spring turns the fishing scene around
  |  First Published: September 2012

Spring provides the most dramatic turn of season in the fishing arena, as it is the beginning of the new migration of fish!

We can now finally put the cold months behind us and look forward to the exciting months ahead, which will be filled with fishing, fishing and more fishing! Firstly we shall see the squid coming through and then the snapper, ah the elusive snapper, nothing quite like the feeling of a tight line with the knowledge that you have a decent-sized snapper on the other end.


Snapper, what a great introduction to the new season! The snapper alone is reason enough to get any angler that has remained dormant during winter to dust off their rods and hit the water.

The weather plays a large part as to when the snapper season really starts, if it starts to warm up earlier than we can expect to see the snapper coming through sooner also. The best place to start your search for the snapper is in the off shore reefs at about 20-50m of water.

Snapper love their fresh flesh bait, so you can’t go past bait such as squid, barracouta and salmon and you may even come across some gummy sharks whilst you are waiting patiently for your prized snapper to arrive.


The squid have had a slower start to the season, as we have grown accustom to seeing them coming through slowly during winter. They have now started to show up in numbers in the usual areas around Queenscliff such as Swan Bay, the Bight and also Port Lonsdale Pier. On the other side of Port Phillip there has also been some good squid caught off Sorrento and Portsea piers, so that is definitely worth giving a go.


Whiting in Queenscliff has been the staple and mainstay during winter, giving the hardcore fishos something to catch during the cold season. As usual the whiting enjoy squid for bait and they have been in good size near the rip area, but when moving up the bay they have been dropping in size, though they are still good in number. The whiting can be expected to be around during September though they may start slowing down at this stage.

With spring here and the fishing dynamics changing with more species of fish on offer, many anglers change their focus to the squid and snapper.

Australian salmon

The salmon are predicted to be along soon, as we start to troll the beach and start to pick up the odd one here and there. To be out specifically targeting the salmon can be difficult, for at times as soon as they bust up right in front of you they can be gone, however sometimes they can be on a feed for a while and you have plenty of opportunity to fish them.

So make sure you always have some white Ockies on hand in case you find yourself in the middle of a bust-up of salmon.

As many anglers take the opportunity in winter to rest or go to warmer climates to get there fishing fix, spring is in the air and the fishing down in Port Phillip and Bass Strait will start to see a resurgence of fish species in the area.

Be prepared for a bumper fishing season this year!!

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