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The lure of red October
  |  First Published: October 2012



Finally the long anticipated snapper season is here. Those that have been hibernating during winter and are finding it hard to get back into fishing, a big red will be able to lure any fisho out from a comfy couch.

Snapper

By October the snapper have made their way into the bay. Now it’s time to get a move on and put the time in on the water to get among the reds, there’s no better feeling then getting that first run.

We have been getting the reds offshore for the last month, and it will only get better from here. As a start, have a look at places like offshore reefs and up the bay. With fresh flesh bait as their preference, it won’t be long until you have your first red for the season.

Squid

The squid should be thickening up by now in size and numbers. There’s no better bait for a big red than fresh squid.

So far the darker coloured jigs have been working quite well this season, although it can all be a bit of trial and error at times. Keep trying different colours if you don’t find any success with what you are currently using.

As the squid like to congregate around the weeded areas, we have found when drifting over the kelp beds.

Flatties

By the end of October we should be into some good quality flatties offshore. If you are after a good feed of flathead, arm yourself with fresh squid as it is their preferred bait.

Salmon

We will start to see the first school of salmon come in about now. Keep an eye out for the bird life, if they are a bit quiet then you might be able to find a feed in areas like Point Nepean around Corsair. However, be careful as it can be a dangerous place to fish if you don’t know the area.

Another place you could try are along the beaches.

October is a great time of year for Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait, as it is the start of all things fishing. So get yourself out there and amongst it. It is just the start of the fishing season and there will be plenty more to come.

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The squid should be thickening up by October in size and numbers. There’s no better bait for a big red than fresh squid.

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Get a move on and put the time in on the water to get among the reds!

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