Despite some very ordinary conditions last month there were plenty of snapper taken by anglers across Western Port. Those fortunate enough to find a break in the weekend winds, which at times gusted at over 60 knots, caught school fish of 3–5kg.
Regular Cranbourne Tackle World customers, Ian Wood and friend Hank, dropped into the store looking for some recent reports on snapper catches. The guys spoke to staff member Vicki who persuaded them to try fishing a rubbly patch of ground known as ‘long reef’. This area is in 14–16m between Lysaughts and Eagle Rock. There had been half a dozen good fish taken there the previous day, so the guys headed out with confidence to find ‘big red’.
Later that afternoon Ian and Hank returned with a snapper that even a Whyalla fishermen would be proud of. The monster weighed 10.8kg and is one of the biggest snapper you could ever hope to see in Victoria. It scoffed a pilchard in the last hour of the flood tide.
Chris Wood also received information from a Tackle World staff member, Scott. Scott had been told of a mark off Lysaughts not far from the long reef area that the 10kg monster came from. The guys took a look at a Lowrance GPS and zoomed in on a map of the area. The following day Chris reported back with some lovely photos. They caught five snapper, one of 7.5kg, one of 6kg and a few smaller ones around 2–4kg. Barracouta fillets were the best bait of the day.
One interesting point has been the number of large snapper taken on octopus baits. The monster I referred to earlier actually coughed up a large handful of octopus while staff were weighing it out the front of the store.
Last season Kurt from ‘Gotcha Bait’ also landed a red of 8.6kg on octopus. In fact, I called Kurt and he informed me that it was almost a year ago to the day.
There was a 6kg fish taken from Corinella by customer Mark, which was also full of octopus during early October. After seeing these reports I decided we had to get small whole octopus for bait for the store. It is in stock at the moment.
Land-based anglers have also been taking their share of snapper action. Newhaven pier has seen snapper weighing up to 3kg, and Cowes pier has produced snapper to 5.7kg. These are great fish in anyone’s language and it just goes to show that boaters are not the only ones able to mix it with the new season snapper. The last half of the flood tide seems to be the better option.
Staff member Andrew Sailor was actually on the water while I wrote this and he had a successful trip out from Hastings. While fishing with a customer, Paul Coulton, the guys boated a 6kg gummy on a pilchard. There have been several other gummy captures recently too, particularly from the Cowes Buoy 13 area.
This month I had a rather upsetting event take place: my boat was broken into. Thieves stole everything they possibly could, electronics, 27mg radio, stainless steel snapper racks, safety gear and several trays of my favourite fishing lures and hooks. If you’ve ever had this happen to you I am sure you can empathise with me. The pain of realising that someone was arrogant enough to jump on my boat and pinch all my prized possessions while I was inside asleep is just gut wrenching.
The boat and attachments are insured, but most policies will only cover a pittance of your fishing gear. I would like to offer a $1,000 reward pro rata for information that leads to the recovery to my stuff. If you can help, please do. The police took fingerprints and are hopeful that they will find the offenders.Reads: 1363