Fishing frenzy on the front
  |  First Published: December 2013

Let the fishing frenzy begin! Great weather, great fishing equals an angler’s paradise!


November has seen a good start to the snapper season, with plenty of activity around the upper end of the bay. With the snapper going nuts and coming in at a decent size at around the 3-5kg, the seals and dolphins are also getting in on the action.

By December the snapper have made their way into the bay and that’s where you will see us chasing the reds in about 20m of water. But don’t discount snapper fishing in Bass Strait, they may be smaller in size but at greater depths you are challenged with a bigger fight on your hands, so it’s definitely worth the experience.

To experience the thrill of catching this season’s snapper offshore, berley up and anchor in about 40m. Even though you may need some patience waiting for the snapper, it’s worth the wait when you see the shimmer of red as you are reeling in.


December and January are the months to be on the hunt for shark in Bass Strait. There are so many different species out there from seven-gilled shark, school shark and gummy shark, but the prized catch is that the mako, which are known to provide an awesome fight.

Checking through last year’s diary we had caught our first mako in early December. They do prefer the warmer waters, so a few 30ºC days should see some mako activity in Bass Strait.

Seven-gill shark, the odd school shark and gummies have been coming in at about 16-22kg at the moment. So set your berley trail and wait for one of these feisty fighters to make its way down your trail.

Hopefully this year the weather will provide us with plenty of opportunities to head offshore to target these spectacular species.


Salmon have made a few appearances in front of Torquay and in Swan Bay. They have been busting up, but not for long, taking some bait and then they are off again. So make the most of it when you find them as you don’t know how long they will stick around for.

December should see them turning up in the rip so keep a look out, and keep your white ockies on hand when trolling for this species.


Flatties are a great entertainer on the water and a winner on the dining table. We should start to see them firing up in December. They can be found on the drift in the east in approximately 30-50m of water, with squid their preferred bait.


The Bite has been the place to find the squid this season. Out in the Bite they have been bigger in size, and Swan Bay has been producing the smaller sized squid.

In December we can expect to see them dropping off in numbers but with so many other species heating up in the Strait you will have bigger fish to fry.

This is it, this is what fishing is about! Getting up on the balmy summer mornings heading out to sea, berley up and waiting while enjoying the scenery, then bang its on, rods are peeling and it’s all action from here in!

With great weather, great fishing and Christmas festivities in the air, from all of us at Gone Fishing Charters have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

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