November has seen 4-6kg snapper keeping anglers well entertained.
Drysdale Sportfishing Club members tucked into some fine snapper between 4.5-5kg and some calamari close to 2kg. Guy Calcagno fished Clifton Springs and Portarlington in early November. He found things tough but managed a few pinkies and flatties. Those most successful on the snapper were using fresh squid.
Splinter from Barwon Heads reports that the silvers to 900g have been biting well in the river. They’ve been stealing his bass yabbies meant for bream, which have been a little patchy but are of reasonable size up around 800g. His mate, Stretch, has catch of the month for the Bellarine Peninsula sewn up. Stretch was fishing the Sheepwash section of river for bream when something large grabbed his yabby. After a tough fight he had a 54cm, 2.8kg and pending ANSA Australian record for 1kg line, estuary perch in the net!
Tiger flatties up 1.5kg are biting offshore in 20-40m from The Rip to Apollo Bay. There has been some very large barracouta too, up around 3kg, biting off a lot of flattie drifters. Splinter also notes that gummies to 90cm have been caught from the surf at night. Salmon of around 1kg have also been about. He’s also been into the whiting out the front of Barwon Heads, catching some rippers to 45cm.
Queenscliff has seen a spasmodic run of silvers in the harbour with fish around 42cm taking pilchard fillets, pipis and small soft plastics. Slack water in The Cut is best, but if you can’t time the slack water, try casting amongst the boats out of the tidal flow. A few whiting to 35cm are also in here.
Ross Winstanley has been fishing Stingaree Bay a few times per week and found it a little tough, taking a few pinkies to 40cm on baits, but nothing on soft plastics yet.
Gordon from Scriv’s Geelong Bait and Tackle reports good silvers in the Queenscliff harbour. Clifton Springs has had a decent run of calamari and the tiger flatties off Barwon Heads are on the chew.
Tib Polgar got into the calamari in The Rip. Easterly winds stir up the shallows and seem to drive them out deeper so try out in15m. Tib caught a monster of 4kg. Tib and his dad Louie also got some whiting from 35-42cm off Clifton Springs in 25ft.
Kelby from Catch 22 has done a few hours in a charter boat lately and reports catching an absolute thumper calamari that weighed 4.8kg! He was hand lining a Tommy rough bait in about 12m of water in The Rip and the line near cut him to the bone when the squid took hold. He also reports catching some very large salmon to over 3kg. Kelby notes that while a fair few anglers have been successful on the snapper along the Bellarine Peninsula, they’re still patchy. Good places to try include: near the Mountain View Quarries, Portarlington reefs, St Leonards out deep and the Queenscliff reef areas.
The King George whiting have started moving about in Corio Bay so keep one rod out for these fine table fish.
Brian from Ray Long’s Tackle reports getting stuck into schools of salmon to 1.2kg using lures off the Mountain View Quarries one windy day. Other anglers boated some fish in excess of 2kg. Brian has also been catching some ripper rock flatties of between 900g-1.2kg, casting soft plastics in Corio Bay’s shallows.
Brendan from Ray Long’s Tackle is keen on the silvers in the Queenscliff Cut but has found it tough of late, catching a few around 850g on soft plastics and bait. Snapper anglers have also been catching small calamari here and using them for bait. Ray has been fishing the stone wall adjacent to Cunningham Pier and taking pinkies on squid between 500g-900g. There have also been gars kicking about Limeburners rockwall.
Torquay snapper have been hit and miss, but every now and then a few big ones come along. James Fisher stayed connected to an 8.2kg one!
Brad Smith and wife Amanda have fished Limeburners Lagoon where Amanda took her first fish - a 38cm silver on pipi! Brad has also been off Barwon Heads and took a gummy of 6kg. Brad and Jason Flynn caught some nice pinkies between 38-42cm off Portarlington as well.Reads: 1209