If the recent fishing is anything to go by, it looks like the snapper run may go right up to Christmas.
This is great news as I am sure we can all agree that there is nothing better than getting stuck into some crazy snapper action on those hot December days.
You have to wonder when the land-based snapper fishing will slow up with snapper still being caught in good numbers from Beaumaris and Mordialloc piers throughout November with the simple formula being some wind from the south west and the fish turn up.
In the boats the fishing started a bit slow in November but the past few weeks have really heated up on all the known areas such at the Hump off Mordialloc and all through the surrounding 14m line. While out off Ricketts Point the 16m line and the out wider at the Gasso have been very good with a mix of fish being taken in the 2-5kg size, however there is no doubting that this season is seeing a lot more bigger snapper in the 6-9kg getting in on the action, with a lot of these bigger fish being taken on bigger baits such as squid heads and big silver whiting or garfish.
Back in closer along the reef edge between Ricketts Point and Black Rock it has been a great fall back location with lots of 1-3kg snapper on offer, with more than the occasional 4-6kg fish among them to keep the lure and bait anglers on their toes. Best of all this are often fishes best when its rough so it means that you don’t have to travel too far if you are launching at Mordialloc or Half Moon Bay.
We have also been having some great success over the pat weeks with a newer style of fishing that is proving to be deadly on snapper. It involves using 40-60g metal jigs on light rods to vertically jig over the schools of snapper. One thing is for sure they love it and it allows you drive around sounding up fish then dropping on top of them. If they don’t bite after a few drops you can move to the next patch.
To prove its also dynamite on big snapper one of my customers Mick landed and released a snapper of 94cm and 9.5kg on a 30g Blue Blue brand jig
As we roll through this month it’s also getting into whiting season, so it is well worth having a poke around along the reef areas with baits of pipi to see if you can find any schools of these very, very tasty critters.
For the land-based brigade the Sandringham Breakwall and the rock groynes then up at Brighton Breakwall have all produced snapper during the good onshore blows. However it’s the boat fishing that is really shining over the past few weeks with lots of good snapper fishing on offer in this part of the bay, with the shallow reef areas in 6-10m of water off Brighton producing some great fishing at night.
Out wider the Fawkner Beacon should just be called the snapper beacon as all around it has produced some excellent fishing over the past weeks, and while it seems that some days the snapper have been doing a disappearing act, when they are along the edge of the channel around here and back south towards T1 and T2 the fishing has been at times a little crazy, and so has the boat traffic.
With warmer conditions over the past weeks and clear water it has also made for some ideal squid conditions with some anglers finding some patches of calamari between green point and North Road. I have also had some good reports of decent-sized schools of salmon beginning to pop up over the past few weeks, which with fingers crossed will hopefully continue with a warm summer, and then hopefully roll into some kingfish starting to mix with the salmon.
With this area seeing one of the best early season snapper bites in many years it will be interesting to see what this month brings, which by rights should be great. This area is known for its big snapper that feed in the shallows during the night and many anglers are saying the season is a bit later than usual, so perhaps the water will stay a little cooler in the shallows during this month. This will help to carry what is normally a November bite through till Christmas, and I am sure we would all agree it would be the perfect place to be fishing late at night on a warm summer night
Out a bit wider its just a matter of sounding along the edge of the channel till you mark a few fish then berley hard to get the whole school feeding
Finally its hard to believe another year has rolled by so quickly. I hope that you all have a safe, merry and most of all fish filled Christmas and New Year.Reads: 537