Spring snapper run
  |  First Published: October 2008

 With spring upon us, the days are getting longer and the weather is settling into a summer pattern. More and more people have been dusting off their rods and reels and catching good feeds of fresh fish.

Land-based anglers fishing the North Shore have been catching good feeds of snapper, trevally, gummy shark and the odd mulloway. Maggoty Bay has also been producing good catches of trevally to 3kg. Garfish have made their presence felt too, with best catches coming from around the Wallys Ramp area.

Boaties travelling towards the North Shore have been doing well between the Surrey and Fitzroy rivers, with catches of gummy sharks, school sharks and snapper.

In October the snapper will start to move into the bay. Towards the end of the month the Lee Breakwater generally fires up with a good snapper run. Fish of 3-9 kg can be caught, so make sure your gear is up to scratch.

For those fishing off the Lee Breakwater, snapper, whiting, calamari and the odd gummy shark have been the main catches lately. Meanwhile, fishing in and around the harbour and marina has been keeping the youngsters busy with good catches of calamari squid, trevally, pinkies and whiting.

Off the trawler wharf snapper have been the main target, while for those fishing in the canal there have still been a few mullet and black bream around.

Boaties that have been picking the weather and venturing out wide between Lawrence Rock and Cape Bridgewater in 40-100m have been returning with great catches of flathead, gummy sharks, knifejaw, coral perch, snapper, gurnard and morwong. On their last outing, Julian Dickeson, Cameron Ordner and Tim Clark bagged out on good-sized flathead.

Those targeting sweep closer in have been rewarded with good catches, too. Pike have also been caught around Lawrence Rock and in front of the Town Reef. The Williamson Gyro Jig in green or blue mackerel colours has been the best performer for catching these fish.

There have also been a few mako sharks around, and one sighting of a 3m specimen has been getting a few anglers excited. If you are going to chase the makos, make sure you know what you are doing as they can be quite a handful for the inexperienced.

There are still a few salmon being caught off Bishops Rocks and Shelley Beach, and in front of Pivot Beach. The Fitzroy River has been producing bream consistently, as has the Surrey River. Bream anglers have had good results on both plastics and hardbodied lures.

Bridgewater Lakes have been giving up good catches of trout and redfin, as has the Smokey River out near Digby, for those who crave a bit of freshwater fishing.

For the latest fishing and weather reports, give the boys at Portland Bait and Tackle a call on 03 5523 5213. We are open 7 days a week, from 7am to 7pm (back to summer hours now). Don’t forget to check out www.wildblue.com.au

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