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On The Bite 29 Oct 2014

Snapper Madness

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Snapper season is now well and truly under way, with anglers finding snapper spread from Corio Bay to Queenscliff.

Corio Bay

Corio Bay has been favoured location for snapper anglers of recent due to its sheltered waters. Anthony Ghin set out on Corio Bay the Tuesday before last with the plan of boating a snapper or two. After anchoring up and setting out a spread of rods Anthony boated a 2.2kgSnapper that took a liking to squid. Not long after another one of Anthony’s rods loaded up this time a Gummy Shark measuring in a 1.1meters was the culprit that once again took a squid bait. Anthony was very pleased with his efforts especially since he only spent an hour on the water.

Outer Harbour

The Outer Harbour has seen an excellent mixed bag on offer with fish such as: Snapper, Pike, Flathead, Squid and Whiting all available in reasonable numbers. Adrian Cole and Mark Sesar travelled over to Mountain View Quarries with their sights set on whiting. The guy’s berleyed up with Mark’s secret recipe and it wasn’t long before the whiting started to respond. Mark and Adrain totalled 21 whiting between them ranging in size from 35 to 41cm in length. Adrian was pleasantly surprised when he pulled in a thumper of whiting at 43cm. The pair also mentioned that they caught numerous pinkies and all the action happened fishing shallow in 4.5meters of water. 

Stevie Prior and Nick Panozzo were at it again last Friday this time the guys were chasing snapper around the mussel beds off Clifton Springs.  Steve and Nick boated a total of 3snapper with Nick landing his personal best of 8.5kg. After experiencing such great success on Friday Steve and his mate Steve Arthy set out again to try and replicate the results experienced earlier in the week. In no time at all the Steve’s had a 5 way hook which they managed to land all the snapper with the biggest out of the 5 way hook tipping the scales at 7.1kg. Fishing similar grounds last Sunday evening Sam Pitman and Jimmy Syrigos were just about to call it a day when Jimmy’s rod buckled over with a 5kg snapper attached firmly to the other end. Deciding to stick around for abet longer Sam’s rod then loaded up with an 8kg 89cm snapper. The guys were using fresh squid strips and found the change of tide brought the fish on the bite.

Over at the Spoil Grounds off the Sands Caravan Park Pike to 1 meter in length have been taken casting Gulp Turtle Back Worms in pumpkin green. As well as Pike, Flathead and Pinkie Snapper to 45cm have responded to the same tactic.


Queenscliff Harbour continues to produce small squid for those casting artificial jigs. Yamashita jigs in 2.5 size have been most productive. Queenscliff Bight is holding excellent numbers of Squid too. At the Bight larger sized jigs worked more aggressively are catching the bigger model squid to 2.5kg.

Point Cook

Up the top end of the bay Des Fielder ventured out with Rob Rizo. The guys anchored up in 4 meters of water off Point Cook and baited up with fresh squid heads. At 12.30pm patience paid off with the pair pulling in a snapper of 7kg.

Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads

The Barwon Estuary has seen Australian Salmon and King George Whiting banked by those fishing pippies and prawns. Anglers going to the extra effort of pumping Bass Yabbies have found bream to 40cm and on occasion mulloway to 65cm.

Offshore from Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads Charlemont Reef is holding great numbers of Pike for anglers trolling deep diving hard body lures. Coming into the warmer months we should start to see a few Kingfish show up off Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads trolling lures or casting into busting schools of fish on the surface is most productive.  Snapper are also holding in 40 meters of water, here baits such as squid heads and pilchards are accounting for the majority of snapper.

On the freshwater scene redfin are starting to become more active and are proving great sport for anglers.

Barwon River

The Barwon River around Queens Park has outstanding numbers of fish. Continually moving until you find a school of feeding fish is key to success. Casting lures such as Atomic Shad 40 Deep will see you in with the best chance of a fish. The average size Redfin out of the Barwon River of present is around 800grams which make for great fun on light gear.

Ron Nelson Memorial Junior Clinic

Last weekend the Ron Nelson memorial junior fishing clinic was held at Deakin University Waurn Ponds. The day was a great success with most kids catching rainbow trout to 350grams. Of note a redfin weighing 700grams was caught fishing worms on a running sinker rig.

Lake Eildon

Daniel Furneaux fished Lake Eildon the weekend before last and took a well-conditioned brown trout from the pondage weighing in at 3 and half pounds. As well as trout Daniel took a chunky redfin over 1kg. Other Anglers at Lake Eildon have found Yellowbelly to 4kg trolling deep diving lures and casting Jackal TN-50s.

Next Week

Options for next week. It would be hard to go past snapper, sitting along the edge of the mussel beds off Clifton Springs with a tide change and fresh squid or pilchards as bait, will see you in with a strong chance of a snapper. The Barwon River should continue fishing well for Redfin especially on the warmer days.

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