Well its that time of year again and I can’t believe how quickly its come round. Snapper fever will hit with a vengeance and all you fishos out there will be out chasing big red but if the amount of boats that I have seen on the water this past winter is any indication there’s going to be lots of ‘ramp range’ at boat ramps this season.
On a good day it could take you longer to launch and retrieve your boat than the time you actually spend fishing. While Councils and Government are happy to take your money, no one is putting their hands up to upgrade existing ramps or build new ones that we desperately need to accommodate the dramatic increase in boat traffic.
All the local beaches are fishing okay with most salmon that are being caught in the 0.5-1kg range. Williamsons, Baxters and Woolamai Beaches have all had good reports. Whitebait and chicken strips soaked in tuna oil have been accounting for most of the fish.
The Cleelands Bight area has been fishing well with some good-sized calamari. While outside the entrance when conditions permit drifting for flathead has been producing some nice fillets for the table as well as the odd big gummy as a bonus.
The odd big snapper and smaller gummies are still being caught up the northern end of the bay and some new reports of snapper being taken at The Corals and Sandy Point. Whiting are still a ‘no show’, but hopefully it won’t be too long before they make an appearance. Tyabb Bank is producing calamari if you are prepared to put the time in.
There have been some good reports of the large calamari coming in off Flinders and some good-sized snook in the same area.Reads: 450