Snapper City
  |  First Published: October 2009

Within the first weeks of the snapper season it is looking to be a lot better than sensational.

Add to that some awesome calamari and whiting and we are in for a fantastic November.


Kojack from the Yaringa Marina dropped into Cranbourne Tackle World one afternoon and began talking about some monster calamari that was being caught in the Crawfish Rock area.

At the same Ron Smith hit the Tyabb bank and found success with some magnificent calamari taken on silver whiting suspended under a squid prong. Although most of his catch was taken using baits, Ron did manage a few calamari using a Daiwa cloth jig.

With all these large calamari in Western Port it is no surprise that some quality snapper have been taken.


The first consistent reports are coming from the Lysaghts area. Most anglers have been fishing in either 15-17m of water on the edge of the channel or along Long Reef which seemed to produce the majority of the fish being caught.

A location called Long Reef which is really the southern end of Crawfish Rock extending to Lysaghts has stood up to its reputation as an early season snapper mark once again.

Around the Long Reef area and Gawaine Blake from Think Big Charters began the search for big reds. After hooking up with a few mates for a bit of playtime the boys headed straight to the northern end of Long Reef. After sounding some fish, Gawaine set the pick and in minutes had a nice snapper of 3.48kg on board.

As the tide came to a standstill they up and left calling it a day. The following day Gawaine headed out again solo to the same location. Although no snapper were caught, he did find a nice gummy shark estimated around 5kg. Both the snapper and gummy were taken on Californian squid baits.

Although it seems Lysaghts is the place to be, snapper are also being caught right around the Port. Few are being taken in the Western and Eastern Entrances but Corinella yet again produced the larger versions.

Graham from the Corinella Angling Club called in to inform us of the thumper 6kg snapper he caught while fishing the ebb tide. Graham was fishing with his mate Wayne and along with the 6kg fish they also caught a handful of other smaller snapper. All fish took squid baits.

The last snapper report I received this month was from my good friend Travis. Travis called me to ask about the possibilities of catching snapper land based at Red Rocks on Phillip Island. After a brief chat of the location, Travis endured the 45 minute walk and began to fish. Not long after, Trav managed a snapper of 40cm, busted one off on the edge of the rock estimated at around 50cm and lost another stonker after it spat the hooks. All the fish were caught about an hour before the tide chance and were taken on squid and pilchards.


Whiting often get swept under the rug until at least December. Now is the time to at least spend a few hours having a go, purely due to the size of some of these fish at this time of year.

Dickies Bay at San Remo is known for big whiting and nobody knows it better than Dominic Siciliano. Dominic headed out to his usual spot to catch a feed of King George whiting in 3m of water. After completing his fishing session, Dominic drove back to Cranbourne Tackle World to weigh in a whiting, which pulled the scales down to 1.23kg and measured 55cm. His total catch of 10 whiting ranged from 43cm to the 55cm monster. He also caught some great garfish in the same area.


As mentioned above I have been giving out GPS marks for those to catch fish from over the last few weeks. Those that want to get a hold of them to have a crack at here you go; all I ask is can you please email me a report of your catch along with photo or video to --e-mail address hidden--

GPS Mark – Western Port: The Corals S38 27.150, E 145 20.550

GPS Mark – Western Port: Long Reef: S38 16.897 E145 15.095

GPS Mark – Western Port: Long Reef: S38 16.228 E 145 15.582

GPS Mark – Port Phillip: The Aeroplane: S38 06.028, E 145 00.719

Heading into November the snapper fishing will still hold strong through the month, and really will keep going till Christmas before they devote their time to spawning instead of eating.

During this time they seem to go very quiet and only switch on like they do in the early season. It is this time that many anglers, although still trying to get a few more reds before they pack their bags and leave switch tactics and begin the search for thumping King George whiting, gummy sharks and the odd toothy offshore.

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