At last, the weather is changing, the water temperature is rising and once again it’s that mad time of the year where everyone just sees red!
No, I don’t mean ramp rage; you seem to wait forever to get your boat in the water and then it’s like a Tatts Lotto win if you can find a car park. Even though all of that stuff will happen too, what I mean is our great annual snapper run has started and the word on everyone’s lips is ‘snapper, snapper, snapper’. The season has started with some great reports coming in from both bays.
There will be quite a few dedicated fishos replacing their surf gear for snapper gear as the ‘red’ season gets going. But all the surf beaches are still fishing well with some good fish in excess of 3kg being caught.
As the water temperature warms the gummies will start moving in along the beaches after dark, feasting on the crabs. When fishing for gummies, hit the beach a couple of hours before dark.
I take a light spinning rod and some pipis and fish the edges of the gutter that I intend to fish later for gummies. I usually pick up a few mullet or salmon, which I use after dark on the gummies as they can’t resist the fresh fillets.
There are reports of snapper coming in from most parts of the bay: Corinella, The Corals, Silverleaves, Tortoise Head, Lyshardts, Crawfish Rock, just to name a few. In Port Phillip, they’ll be from Mornington all the way up to Black Rock.
With snapper you just need to remember the basics to catch a fish. Fish early or fish late, together with a tide change is best and use fresh bait and you shouldn’t have too much trouble bagging a fish or two.
Tony Dalla-Rosa with a cracker 8kg snapper taken near Crawfish Rock.Reads: 549