It’s no surprise – snapper are still king
  |  First Published: December 2012

What a massive month it has been and the snapper have once again kicked into another gear!

King George whiting are starting to make an appearance and it won’t be long until anglers will start to make the switch from snapper to whiting.

The top end

The top end of Westernport has been out of control and there has been enough good news to fill this entire magazine, so I will give you the general run down on where you can find a fish!

Joe’s Island has put a massive smile on young 13 year old Brooke’s face as it produced her first big snapper ever. Her snapper measured 70cm and weighed smack bang on 5kg.

Aaron had a nice little session in only 8m of water just outside of Tooradin. Aaron fished the run-in tide and picked up a lovely snapper on pilchard. The interesting thing with this fish is that when being cleaned, Aaron found a toadfish in it guts.

Warneet has been another hot spot over the last month as Aaron, Luke, Jay and Matt have found out. Luke claimed bragging rights for the trip landing the biggest snapper of the day weighing in at 1.8kg. Pilchard was the bait of choice and it was the middle of the run out tide that bought this fish un-stuck!

December in the north arm usually means whiting time so expect to see a lot of boats start cruising into the shallows to score a feed of whiting. Places like the Tooradin channel, Irish Jacks channel, Warneet channel and the Quail Bank will all start to produce some sensational table-sized whiting so now would be the time to have a good go.

Berley is essential to keep the fish around the boat and don’t be afraid to fish in the really shallow water. It’s often surprising just how shallow the whiting will go to get a good feed and it’s not un common to get them in as shallow as 1m of water.

The North arm

The north arm of Western Port boasts a world class snapper and whiting fishery and this month it has not disappointed!

Caroline was another lucky angler who found fish in the north arm with a nice 4.8kg red taking a pilchard right on the change of tide.

Snapper aren’t the only species on offer at the moment, Mark “Sully” Sullivan landed an absolute horse of a calamari on the Tyabb bank recently. It would have weighed every bit of 2kg and took a live yakka which was caught in the same area.

Whiting have also started to fire up and charter operator Robin Gray has been taking full advantage of the hungry whiting. The middle spit has come alive and Robin has been finding great numbers of fish in 4m of water with a healthy average size range of 38 to 42cm. Shucked mussel, whiting worm and squid strips have all been producing fish.

New staff member of Tackleworld Cranbourne, Don Newman, has been giving Lysaughts a good working over lately and has found the snapper fishing quite spectacular. In a recent trip Don fished in 9m of water and landed snapper to 5.8kg on pilchards before cruising over to Sandstone Island for a quality bag of calamari to complete the seafood banquet for that nights dinner!

The north arm will become one of the best places in the area to put in a full days fishing as the summer heat sets in. The snapper will continue to bight well into next year and the whiting fishing up on the middle spit will go insane! Also keep an eye out for the odd rat yellowtail kingfish which have been known to do laps of the north arm during the summer months. It would be well worth putting down a live yakka or calamari while you are snapper or whiting fishing as they could turn up at anytime and cannot resist a lollypop sized livey!

A very quick thank you to everyone who has given me a report over the last 12 months and a very safe and merry Christmas to everyone out there! Let Santa deliver a heap of fish into your area and look forward to hearing from you all in the new year!

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