Westernport has continued to produce some quality snapper, with the bite somewhat more consistent than Port Phillip, but most anglers are aware that this
is the case. With the increased tidal flow of the port, most of the fish are forced to eat on more of a schedule and once you key into their movements
they can be a bit easier to consistently catch. The whole port has been producing snapper at present, from the back corner behind Joe's all the way
down to Rhyll and the corals.
Captain Perri has been getting plenty of snapper selfies during the week, with more time spent on the port than at work - but who's blaming him. Customer
Thao has also been catching some nice school fish from the same area, with the Hastings area really producing well. Fishing around 15m of water with
fresh squid and pilchards has been the go.
The Bagge Harbour area has been holding some nice fish, with a few big patches hanging in the lee of Eagle Rock. Fishing the Bagge Harbour and further down towards Joe's customer Peter has been landing fish to 7kg. As usual, fresh squid has been the go, with other fresh baits of couta, pike and salmon claiming a few also.
Customer Tony went out for his first proper snapper trip during the week, and caught a few nice school fish to 3.8kg from the corals area. Tony was only
fishing fairly shallow and using squid freshly caught that session. There have been plenty of school fish over the corals but it is also a good area
to pick up the odd bigger fish or even a mulloway.
while the snapper have certainly taken the limelight for most anglers, there have been some nice gummies caught by anglers chasing them and also as bycatch.
When fishing the snapper marks in the port the gummies are never far away, with main difference being that the gummies occupy the channel drops and
bottom edges with more predictability. Customer Kosta was fishing fishing out from Hastings along the channel drop with fresh squid when he scored
a nice fish of around 11kg. Fishing the Corinella area customer Mark has also been catching his share or table sized sharks. Mark has also been fishing
fresh squid and has been landing multiple gummies to just over the metre mark.