Serving Up September Snapper
  |  First Published: September 2005

Well, it’s time to start cleaning up all your snapper gear: respool your reels, stock up your tackle boxes and get set, hopefully, for another bumper snapper season.

At the time of writing, there have been a couple of good fish taken around 12kg off Elizabeth Island in Western Port. This area, and the northern end of the bay around Joe’s Island, is renowned for its big early season snapper for those prepared to put the time in.

The same can’t be said for Port Phillip Bay with the arrival of the huge dredge that will begin operating in the rip and surrounding area. All the local fishos suspect it’s going to cause massive environmental damage to the bay but nobody knows what it will do to the seasonal snapper run. The dredge will start operating at the very start of the annual snapper run, in or near the rip. Will this stop the snapper entering the bay? No one really knows. What do you do with a Government who instigates Marine Parks and then digs them up for the sake of the mighty dollar? I know what I would like to do with them!

Surf Beaches

All surf beaches have been fishing well. Williamson’s Beach has been the most consistent for salmon up to 2kg. At Kilcunda, there has been the odd big fish to 3.5kg mixed in with their smaller brothers.

Woolamai Beach has also been productive with fish up to 1.5kg.

At Baxter’s Beach the salmon are on the go with some large mullet as well for those hardcore fishos who don’t mind walking the 3km to get to the beach. The best baits have been bluebait and whitebait. Red and blue surf poppers have also accounted for some nice fish. Not surprisingly, the use of berley has helped increase catch rates.

Powlett and Tarwin Rivers

The Powlett is very quiet with just the odd bream taken below the road bridge. The bridge is still under repair and it could be several months before it’s open again. The Tarwin is fishing better with estuary perch to 1kg getting caught in good numbers. There are also a lot of eels on the go.

San Remo Area

The San Remo, Newhaven and Cowes piers are all very slow on the fishing scene. There aren’t many people or fish around, just a few trevally, lumpy trout, mullet and flathead. Above the bridge there are a few winter whiting about in Dickie’s Bay but you have to work hard to get a feed. Just outside the entrance there are salmon schools and ‘couta mixed in. This can be a hit-and-miss affair: there today and gone tomorrow.

Flinders and Somers Area

There’s not much happening here. I haven’t seen a whiting in my last two trips out. There have been a few flathead, red mullet and the occasional gummy mixed in with scores of stink sharks.

The big calamari squid annual run is about to begin off Flinders. If you’re keen to catch some of these big beauties, now is the time to get down there and wet a jig.

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