It’s that time of year again when every mad fisho develops a snapper obsession. There have already been a few early reports of fish coming in off Split Point in Westernport and out deep off Carrum in Port Phillip.
All we need is some warmer weather to bring up the water temperature and hopefully this snapper season will be as good as the last one.
I have been fishing several beaches of late, including Baxters, Williamsons and Gunnamatta. All are producing reasonable fish, however I found the most consistent beach to be Gunnamatta with salmon from 0.5-2kg and the odd one or two being caught in the 3-4kg range.
I was always under the impression that if the salmon were about in numbers and your bait was fresh, you would catch a couple, but as I found out this is not always so. A bloke came past me spinning and just 20m away he had hook up after hook up landing 20 salmon in as many minutes while I could only manage 2 in 2 hours. You learn something every trip, and next time it’s a bit slow I might try chucking a lure or two.
The Cleeland Bight area below the Bridge has been fishing well for calamari and salmon with the heavier jigs to 3.5oz seeming to work the best.
Above the Bridge a few snapper to 4-5kg have been taken off Split Point and medium size gummies off Elizabeth Island. The whiting have been few and far between but they should start showing up in good numbers as soon as the water temperature warms up.
There have been some good reports of big calamari being caught off Flinders, but you need good weather to get around there from Stoney Point by boat. A few good gummies are coming in from near the breakers off Somers if you can put up with all the Draughtboard Sharks, which seem to be around in big numbers.Reads: 1035