Spring in your step
  |  First Published: November 2013

It is one of the most exciting times of the year with snapper being caught far and wide! There is no doubt that the spring weather and the talk of solid fish being caught puts a spring in the step of all local anglers.

Let’s see the latest reports and what’s been biting these last few weeks.


It’s spring, which of course means snapper time! Kicking off early in the month we saw good numbers of fish being caught land-based. In our part of the world the rocks around Mornington provided for some excellent action during on shore blows, where fish between 4-6kg were being commonly caught, even in the middle of the day.

For those out in the boat, the action started early over in Westernport with good fish being caught in the shallows around Corinella and up to Spit Point. Closer to home, the charter fleet started intercepting fish while fishing offshore around Barwon Heads as they made their way toward the bay.

Inside Port Phillip Bay, we had anglers out early off Mornington and Mt Martha, where the 17m line seemed to provide the best results early, even if they were not in big numbers. As we move through November this area will only get better and within a couple of weeks I would expect the deeper water, 21-23m, to be full of action.

It has certainly been a different year, with bay temperatures almost a degree warmer than the same time last year. This has certainly meant that we have seen more fish caught earlier in the southern part of the bay.

December is usually our best month for snapper – so I am already excited about this year’s prospects!


Whether you like to use them as bait for the red fish or you just want to go home with a feed, the calamari fishing has continued to be excellent and a real staple for Peninsula fishos.

For the big squid hunters out there, the fishing has been good in the deep water at Lonsdale Bight in 10-14m of water. Pack some 30-40g jigs because you need to get them down in the kill zone!

The shallow weed beds from Sorrento to Rye also produced en masse as have some of the piers, such as Sorrento and Blairgowrie. One of my young customers Reece Young said he bagged out 3 out of 4 trips in one week this month off the Sorrento Pier. Good fishing and you don’t even have to get the boat dirty!

Mt Martha Rocks has also been producing, as have some of the weed patches at Safety Beach.

Looking Ahead

November is one of our busiest months of the year. If snapper is not your thing, it can be one of the best months for big squid. It is also a sensational month for targeting big gummies along the channel edges in the south of the bay. But in reality for most people it is all about the snapper.

Why not try something different, talk to tour local tackle store as there is a heap of light jigging gear on the market, perfect for targeting a big red. Certainly worth thinking about if you’re getting a little sick of the smell of bait on your hands!

For more information feel free to drop in and see the boys at Peninsula Total Tackle, 11 Boneo Road in Rosebud or phone: 03 5981 1994.


Danny Totino fishing at Lonsdale Bight produced this ripper squid.


Sam Sierakowski caught a really good bag on Harimitsu jigs off Rye.


Mark Colling with a lovely red taken in 17m off Mornington.


JOhnno and Jacko with a good bag of Safety Beach squid.

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