Better numbers of Westernport whiting and snapper
  |  First Published: February 2017

Good reports of snapper have come in from the northern areas of Western Port. With the warmer weather, whiting numbers have increased and are showing up in all parts of the bay. There seem to be two distinct sizes. Most abundant are the 27-31cm fish and the much better 38-40cm fish. Calamari are still about in fewer numbers.

Surf Beaches

Less reports have come in as everyone is busy chasing snapper and whiting. Salmon are still about in reasonable numbers and now’s a good time to target gummies and pinky snapper too. There’s a few good bluespot flathead in the deeper gutters.

San Remo Area

Below the Bridge, the Cleelands Bight area is producing good whiting and pinkies. Just on daylight has been the most productive time. Outside the entrance is also firing up with flathead, arrow squid and couta in good numbers. There are lots of schools of baitfish out there, so it’s also a good time to target makos and kingfish. If you drag some big lures around, who knows what you might catch.

Above the bridge, snapper are on the move in better numbers. The most consistent areas have been Elisabeth Island, Corinella, Joes Island, the Corals and Lyshardts just to name a few. Whiting are showing up in all parts of the bay, but not in big numbers. You just have to move around a bit and you will pick up a feed.

Flinders Area

There’s the odd whiting and calamari being caught and some good-sized snook at West Head. It’s also a good time to venture offshore and try for a mako or drift for flatties and arrow squid.

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