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Carrum Snapper Wide
  |  First Published: November 2009



Facts

CARRUM SNAPPER WIDE

GPS MARKS –

S38 07 096

E144 58 011

S38 04 610

E144 59 858

SPECIFICS

Port Phillip Bay is currently loaded with snapper and they are literally there for the taking. Use the GPS marks as a guide, but not a final destination.

The key is to get to an area where fish are and then sound until you find them. No point being where they were yesterday or last week.

PRIME TIME

Early mornings and late afternoons are great out wide. In saying this, some of my best fishing here has taken place on hot calm days between noon and 4pm.

The fish here are grazing and you just have to wait for them to swim past.

THE GEAR

I use Shimano 3500 bait runners spooled with 15lb Maxima line. The rod is a Shimano IFISH Port Phillip Snapper. It has a nice soft tip and hooks the fish in the rod holder as the blank loads.

THE RIG

The rig is simple yet effective. The trace is 1m of 20-30lb Nitlon DFC. It is joined to the mainline via a size 3-1 black rolling swivel.

On the leader there is a size 1 ball sinker, a lumo bead and a size 5/0 chemically sharpened hook all allowed to run freely.

Another hook finishes the rig when it is tied via a blood knot to the end of the leader.

BEST METHOD

Put out a good range of baits and spend time on the water. Berley will make a big difference. I go through about 10kg of pillie cubes in a normal session. A hand full of cubes often results in a fish.

BAIT AND LURES

Snapper love to eat almost anything. Favourites with anglers include pilchards, silver whiting, scad, garfish, sauries, red rackets and the list goes on.

They all work, the key is to keep trying alternatives until you find success.

MOTHER NATURE

Snapper are a school fish so you should use this to your advantage. If you get a bite throw out a heap of berley and you may turn it into a second, third, fourth or even fifth all at once.

HOT TIP

Spend the time sounding fish and don’t stop until you find them. I will sound for over an hour on occasion if I can’t find anything worth sitting on.

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