During the last few weeks the weather in Melbourne has been improving and so has the fishing in the top end of the bay. At this time of year that only means one thing – snapper.
With the water temperature slowly creeping up there has been a real increase in snapper activity in the bay. Switched on anglers who have made the effort to get out on the water have been doing really well. Although they are putting in a few hours, the anglers fishing out on the deeper marks have been rewarded with some beautiful fish up to 6kg. The best bait at the moment is definitely fresh squid. So if you can make the effort to catch a bit of fresh bait before heading out, it is well worthwhile.
The bulk of the snapper reports at the moment are coming from the eastern side of the bay. Out off the deep marks is where most anglers have been concentrating their efforts. It is pretty well routine for this time of the year that the fish will come through The Heads and be out deep off the Mornington area. Some groups of fish will continue further up to the inner reefs in the top section of the bay.
In the mid to upper section of the bay, these larger early season fish have been on the outer artificial reef off Carrum, the Gasso out deep off Carrum, and the area around the P1 buoy out deep off Sandringham.
For anglers out off Altona and Werribee, the pinkies have been quite good in close. In between them there have been some beautiful fish of between 1 and 2kg.
It won’t be long before the big fish turn up in close. By mid November things should really be on the go.
So make sure that all of your snapper gear is spot on and you’re stocked up on tackle. Now is the time to have the boat ready and get out on the water. It has been an early spring this year with the wattle trees out in bloom and if these early reports are anything to go by then the big runs of snapper are not far behind.Reads: 530