Island Snapper Patchy
  |  First Published: December 2005

As snapper fever reaches its peak, Western Port’s big sister water, Port Phillip Bay, has certainly provided one of its best snapper season starts yet.

On average the fish have been bigger than last year’s run. Western Port has been hot and cold though. The larger fish didn’t show up in numbers as in previous years and have been harder to locate.

The whiting season is shaping up to be a good one too, with some great reports of fish coming in from all areas of Western Port.

Surf Beaches

All of the surf beaches are fishing reasonably well. Kilcunda, Williamsons, Baxters and Woolamai are all yielding salmon to 1.5kg. Some good gummies are being taken too, just on dark and on the rising tide.

The Punch Bowl is also a hot fishing spot with salmon, snapper, gummies and all of the larger shark species. Care must be taken when fishing this spot because you’re fishing off rocks into deep water. Big swells can wash unwary fishermen to their deaths.

Powlett and Tarwin Rivers

There are some good bream coming out of the Powlett River at the moment with some fish in excess of 1kg. The Tarwin River is starting to fire up with estuary perch, silvers and mullet.

San Remo Area

All the local jetties have a bit more action happening with small salmon, mullet, flathead, leatherjackets and whiting. There’s also been the odd pinkie and gummy off the Cowes Pier.

San Remo Bridge to the Entrance

Below the San Remo Bridge there have been some whiting to 40cm and pinkie snapper too. Outside the entrance, threshers, mako and blue sharks are starting to show up in numbers. For all you anglers keen to catch a shark the best spot for threshers is the 17m to 20m line off the glasshouse. For makos and blues fish anywhere over the 40m line.

Flinders Area

There are still some big calamari about and the big whiting between 40-50cm plus. They’re not about in huge numbers yet, but they have started.

As this calendar fishing year draws to a close, I would like to wish all my readers a very fishy Christmas and may all your fish be big ones.

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