Snap up some spring snapper
  |  First Published: October 2007

Now that we are into spring, and with summer soon to follow, the water is slowly starting to warm up. With longer hours of daylight and better weather, there will be an increasing presence of a variety of summer fish including good-sized snapper.

Fishing off the Lee Breakwall, local David Xu landed a good 5kg snapper. Similarly, Geelong angler Ian Felstead caught a 6kg snapper on bluebait on his last outing, while numerous others have also caught good-sized snapper fishing the high tides. King George whiting, calamari squid, gummy shark and salmon have also made their presence felt for those fishing off the Lee Breakwall.

The North Shore has been busy, with anglers making great catches of gummy sharks ranging from 5–12kg, as Matt Martin can vouch for having caught an 11.5kg gummy one evening. Graeme Astbury and his crew from Mildura also had a great day along the North Shore, landing gummy sharks and a nice feed of flathead. Tony Nash and Owen Barr caught a seven-gilled shark weighing 26kg, while local Darryl Lane caught his first seven-gilled shark at 15.3kg. Other catches from the North Shore have included snapper, salmon, squid and the odd gurnard.

For those who have been about to get out to Blacknose and towards Lawrence Rock, catches of flathead, snapper and the odd King George whiting have been landed. Around Lawrence Rock and towards Cape Bridgewater, Warren Dodson and crew had a great day out with ten snapper from 1–3kg.

Fishers targeting flathead in this area have also been successful, with plenty of large flathead appearing at the cleaning tables. Out at the 50–70m mark the main catches have been coral perch, queen morwong, morwong, snapper and gummy shark.

The canal is still producing mullet, trevally and the occasional bream, which are keeping young anglers keen while out fishing with mum and dad.

Off the marina, calamari squid have been the main catch. These make excellent bait for when the kingfish arrive later in the season (as long as you can resist eating them).

As the season progresses mako sharks will make their presence felt. For those who love the thrill of the hunt for these powerful fighting fish, make sure your gear is up to scratch so it will be able to cope with the task of the fight ahead.

For all your latest tackle and fishing information, give the boys a call at Portland Bait & Tackle on (03) 5523 5213 for the most recent updates. We are open 7 days a week from 7am–7pm. Here’s to better fishing more often.

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