The fishing sure is firing up offshore! From snapper, gummy shark and an abundance of squid, a fisher’s feast is a certain for the table.
We have been finding a nice consistent flow of snapper ranging around 2-3kg, and we expect to see the bigger reds coming through anytime now.
When fishing for snapper, there are two methods you can employ, either fishing on the drift or anchoring up. When you are anchored, it can take a bit for them to come around, so don’t forget to bomb the bottom with diced up pilchards every 30 minutes or so, this should help increase your chances of catching a decent red.
The most important element in your success to capturing one of these beauties is to arm yourself with some quality bait. Our preference is fresh squid, pilchards or couta.
To find them, head offshore around Barwon Heads in between 40-50m depth; with a bit of patience and know-how you are bound to be met with success.
Alongside the snapper the gummy sharks have been working well this season. As they are a great by-catch to the snapper they too can be found at the front of Barwon Heads using squid for bait, and coming in at a decent 5-10kg for this time of year.
Swan Bay has been a bit slow off the mark this season with the squid, however Queenscliff and Portsea have been fairing well, and are the places to be for the bigger sized specimens.
We have been getting some decent squid in around Queenscliff using baited and artificial jigs. In the artificial range we have had particular success with a white Shimano jig.
Can be found in the east anywhere between 30-60m using strips of squid for bait, it doesn’t take long to get a good feed of these quality eating fish.
The salmon are around this time of year with big schools moving through the heads. They have been varying in size from 500g to 2kg. So whether you are throwing metal slices or trolling skirts around, it can a bit of fun for all to enjoy.
With the weather warming up, a few mako sharks were taken in the west early, so we are hoping for a cracker season ahead.
Looking back over the previous year, the first mako that we caught was in late November, so this is the time to get out there and give it a try. You may be the first one back at the boat ramp with the first mako capture of the season.
While punching the berley pot and waiting for the mighty beast to arrive, throw in a few lines and you could pick up some decent flatties or snapper.
There are plenty of anglers in search of the reds and on the hunt for squid. With the warmer weather coming up, it is set to get the offshore action really pumping and we may start seeing some of the big boys coming out to play.
Time will tell and the weather will be the key element to success. Let’s hope the good weather comes through for us and brings us all an awesome fishing season.Reads: 589