Reds replace salmon
  |  First Published: December 2015

My last report about this part of the world was all about the numbers of salmon making up most of the bags. While there are still good numbers of salmon being caught the emphasis has shifted and in their place have been very good numbers of big snapper that have been to the 10kg mark.

This usually seems to come on fairly quickly, but no one is complaining and as the news quickly spread, boaters were everywhere chasing the big reds.

One local well-known angler, Luke Humphris, was one of the first to get out early in the season. He usually takes his son Tom out looking for whatever might come along. As it turned out, this was not a bad idea, as not only did Tom catch a few fish, he bagged the biggest and caught more than anyone else, which of course gave him bragging rights for the day. This extended for quite a few days, as it seems that the kids at school also quickly heard of the success of the little master.

Wonthaggi angler Robert Thompson won a recent competition when he competed in the Angling Club’s monthly competition. He can often be seen out with son Sean who is also a dedicated angler and has been taught very well by dad, too good it would seem, as he often out fishes dad. Not on the last occasion, no doubt, as Robert greeted the weighmaster with a very nice snapper that dragged the scales way past the 5kg mark.

There have been very good reports as far as bream have been concerned and although he doesn’t really eat them, Wonthaggi angler Alan Bentick can catch bream while most other anglers can only just look on in awe. On a recent trip he decided to try his luck and returned back home with three ripper fish with the best just short of the 1kg mark, which would give him bragging rights for quite some time.

This is the time of year is when there is much activity on the water as far as boats are concerned. There are many land-based anglers trying their luck with most having some degree of success. The area known as Pensioners Corner always seems to produce fish where the best results have been at low water on both sides of the tide. This is where salmon, silvers, flathead, mullet and the occasional gummy shark will make an appearance. Another good thing is that they will take just about any natural or artificial presentation if it’s dangled in front of them.

The jetty at San Remo is always busy, but at times there can be a fair wait between enquiries. On a recent visit to the structure there was a fair crowd of hopeful anglers trying their luck for very little return. As I was watching nothing happen I could see a ripple in the water and spoke to a few of the inexperienced crowd on the jetty hoping to catch a fish.

I decided to tell one of the hopefuls that I thought that the fish would start biting shortly and a couple asked me how I knew that. I just told them to get ready as I thought that it wouldn’t be too long now before there would be action. Sure enough, the fish suddenly started to go crazy and the fun began. Everyone was catching quite good size salmon and I told them to enjoy it as it wouldn’t last all that long.

After about 20 minutes things went quiet but by then every one had plenty and were happy. They couldn’t work out how I knew when the fish were going to bite and when they were going to stop. I left them very happy with their fish.

Experienced anglers will be very observant in many forms of fishing as a slight ripple or other movement in the water can tell so many stories.

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