Well it’s on again, snapper fever has hit and the boats are all out in full force.
There are more boats about fishing than last season but we still have the same old boat ramps. So on a good day you could be spending more time at the ramp launching and retrieving your boat than what you do fishing. I suspect that ramp rage will be a big problem this year. The government needs to do something in the way of more boat ramps in both Port Philip and Western Port to ease the congestion or if they don’t have the money, encourage the private sector to put a few in.
When the weather is kind and there’s not too much weed about, the surf beaches are still going well with salmon to 2kg and the occasional 4kg fish in the mix. Kilcunda, Williamsons, Baxters and Woolamai Beaches are accounting for salmon in the 500g-2kg range. Bluebait and whitebait are accounting for most of the catch. Gunnamatta is also fishing well with some big fish mixed up with their smaller cousins.
Below the bridge, the run of calamari in Cleelands Bight is still going strong. Some good whiting have turned up just below the old jetty on the last of the run-out tide and the start of the run-in. Outside the entrance on the 30m line there are some reasonable flathead to be had, if you can get past the draughtboard sharks. But as the water temperature warms up, these will disappear.
Above the bridge, the whiting and snapper are turning up in good numbers so it looks like another good year. Snapper to 6kg are being caught off Elisabeth Island, The Corals, Rhyll and Silverleaves. There are also a lot of small gummies about which is a good sign for this fishery. The whiting are also on the go with good fish coming in from Dickies Bay, Coronet Bay, Middle Spit, Tortoise Head and Tankerton.
When the weather allows there have been good reports of big squid off Flinders being caught mainly on baited jigs. No reports of whiting in the area as yet.
On trout opening I took the grandkids fishing in South Gippsland. The water was running high and dirty but they all managed to catch a couple of pan-sized browns each and a good day was had by all.Reads: 439