The footy is finished and just about every angler in Victoria now turns their attention to the snapper migration. Some after the glory of a ten kilogram trophy, others search of a feed, most just use the chase as an excuse to renew their affinity with the water and favourite pastime.
Snapper are more than just a fish, they represent a change in the seasons, a time when the tea-tree blossom and the days get longer.
While snapper may attract most of the angling effort many other species also start to come “on the chew” as the waters warm.
King George Whiting, garfish, salmon, flathead and squid all become that little more active during this time opening up many avenues of opportunity for those looking to wet a line.
With Spring however comes the wind! Spring is our windiest month and anglers need to be smart, safe and prepared. Sometimes fishing will have to be land based, when the winds drop launch your boat, and when it’s just too crazy on the water its best to just watch fishing videos while rigging your rods in preparation!
For those looking for early season snapper try deep off Mornington and Carrum or closer in at St Kilda and Williamstown.
For Western Port, try Joes island and Corinella. Best baits for early season snapper are pilchards, squid and silver whiting. Squid have been good over most of the inshore reefs through the bay, however some of the best fishing is a few days after a rough conditions as this give the water time to settle. For Western Port Tyabb and Quail banks have been good and Flinders and Cat Bay worth a try. Whiting have continued to bite at St Leonards and Rye and also on Tyabb Bank. The run out tide has been best.
The piers on the peninsula continue to produce salmon and squid and a few dedicated anglers are getting some nice snapper. The season is now upon us to venture out and experience our piscatorial pastime, not always will the catch be the greatest reward, sometimes it’s time shared with others while immersed in the environment that proves the most gratifying.
This weeks best weather looks to be a bit crap again, however a few Windows of opportunity exist. Another strong cold front is forecast for Sunday 9th, Hopefully by Wednesday 12th all should settle down as there is quite a large high approaching.
Best fishing days
Yaringa: Thursday 6th and Friday 7th Afternoon and all day Saturday 8th
Mornington: Saturday 8th
Tight lines and calm seas