Port Phillip reds

The snapper in Port Phillip have been their usual sporadic selves, but almost in a direction reflection of the weather we’ve been having. If you’ve been lucky enough to get out and brave the conditions more often than not, then you’ve probably caught some nice fish – with those being excellent quality on average. The Mount Eliza/Mornington area ran some good reports but this week a few more fish have been found off Mordialloc.

How’s this for a thumping red! Customer Kosta landed this beast of a snapper recently while fishing out towards the channel edge off Sandringham. Kosta landed the fish near sunset, with silver whiting being the successful bait.

Staff member Jared fished with mate Steve fished the Mornington area recently to land a couple of nice fish. The boys found that couta, stripey and squid were the go to baits. The fish started to bite once the sun was well and truly up, and the more successful depth seemed to be between 16m to 18m, between Mornington and Mt Eliza.

On the landbased scene – the snapper have been great. It has been a great season for the landbased angler, with pretty much all anglers doing well from the shore – be it pier, beach or rocks. With the inconsistent and inclement weather fronts over the past couple of weeks, there has been a few nice fish hitting the ground. Staff member John has had his finger on the pulse with the shore based snapper and has been landing fish to around the 5kg mark from both the rocks around Mornington, and a couple of the piers.

Mordialloc pier has been one of the more consistent piers to catch a snapper from, and recently hasn’t let anyone down. Both John and mate Luke have caught some solid fish from the pier, with silver whiting and pillies being the traditional baits of choice. A few anglers have also found half saury to be effective from the rocks around the entrance of Patterson River.