Snapper underway
  |  First Published: December 2013

Snapper season is now well and truly underway and so far it’s been a good one with a lot of good fish being caught.

All the fish that I have caught so far have been in excellent condition with most being in the 3-6kg range. Last season most of the fish seemed to be around 2-4kg, so this year we have had a much better run of quality fish.

Like always they like playing their finicky games and you can sit there for 3 or 4 hours and not get a run or you can be there for 10 minutes and the fish go nuts and you bag out in half an hour and go home.

Fishing early morning has been hot, and fishing evenings has been a waste of time, but as snapper go they can switch to evenings so it pays to be persistent.

Surf Beaches

The surf beaches are all fishing well with salmon about to 1.5kg in good numbers. There are also some decent flathead around 1kg being caught. Now with the warmer weather the gummies will be moving in on the beaches after dark so now is a good time to target them.

San Remo Area
Below the Bridge

Outside the entrance off the Glasshouse there are good numbers of flathead but you have to persist with the small ones to catch the bigger fish. There are also lots of small couta (which are great snapper bait) but you lose a lot of tackle.

It’s also a good time of year to start chasing a few makos.

Above the Bridge

There are good reports of snapper coming in from all areas of Western Port Bay, with some big gummies being caught in the Corinella area.

Whiting are showing up in good numbers but as most fishos are still chasing snapper not a lot of reports have been coming in. I have had no trouble catching a feed though.

Calamari are still being caught in good numbers. The best spots being Cleelands Bight, Tankerton and the Tyabb Bank.

Flinders Shoreham Area

A few big whiting are starting to show up in these areas but they usually fire up just after Christmas.

For all you lucky people on holidays wanting to catch a feed of fish, go fishing early morning or late afternoon with fresh bait. Fish a slack tide for snapper or gummies and a run-off tide for whiting, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting a feed.

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