Shore based Snapper success

While a good portion of the bay is more discoloured than usual, the fish have still been on the go under all this stained fresh water. This has made land based fishing for snapper excellent, with many anglers opting for a shore based session during the rough weather.

Customer Ange has been catching some nice Snapper landbased from down around Mornington. Ange has reported plenty of fish in the 1 – 3kg mark with a few up around the 4 – 4.5kg hitting the planks of the pier. Onshore northerly winds or strong westerlies have had the fish going crazy with many anglers catching fish. Baits of pilchard, silver whiting and Californian squid have been the most productive.

Customer John has also been landing some nice snapper from the pier at Mornington. John has been catching fish to around 3kg from halfway down the pier. John’s favourite technique has been twin hook paternoster rigs with baits of salmon and red mullet. John has been fishing these baits due to the smaller fish picking pilchards and soft baits from the hooks.

Customers Ahmad and Eren have also been targeting the snapper from the shore around Mornington. The boys have had some good success on the fish, fishing around top of the tide. Fishing the tide change around low light change has been very rewarding. Most of the fish fell to yakka and silver whiting.

Staff member John and mate Mario have been fishing Mordialloc pier for snapper during some of the rougher days. The boys have been catching snapper from the end of the pier using a mixture of baits including pilchard, yakka, silver whiting and squid. Cocktail baits and bait mate thread have helped with smaller fish picking the baits from the hooks. 12ft and 13ft graphite surf rods have been the only way to cover ground here, and steer the fish around other rods and lines.