Snapper and Sharks in the port

There has still been a decent run of snapper in Westernport at the moment, however if you’re in the wrong region it can feel like there aren’t any. The Bagge Harbour and Joe’s Island regions of the top end are still holding decent numbers of school sized snapper, as is the region between Elizabeth Island and Rhyll. These same areas that have been holding the snapper have also seen some much larger species following in the form of both school and bronze whaler sharks – which can both be targeted actively with reasonable success. While they both require very different rigging and approach, the option to tangle with both is certainly there.

Customer Matt fished with Lachie O’Reilly out in the port last week where they hooked up to and landed a solid bronze whaler. The boys had a whole salmon out rigged on tandem 10/0’s and 300lb wire while chasing other fish. The big shark was caught in just 4m of water, which shows you don’t have to be super deep to tangle with a big fish.

These bronzies are commonly found following the snapper and salmon schools around both bays and can be realistically targeted all Summer with the correct gear and rigs.

The school snapper have been what the bigger sharks have been following about the port, and the top end has been holding great numbers of school fish. Customer Colin has been fishing the area around Joe’s Island and has found good numbers of fish this size. Colin has been doing best using pillies and Californian squid.

Staff member Don has been fishing with mate Sam around the top end of Westernport also and together the boys have found a few school snapper along the edges of the banks. While they have been fishing for whiting, the presence of the snapper in the same area has been worth having an extra rod or two out also. Squid strips and fillets or chunks of yakka or salmon has been an ideal bait style to have down amongst the regular whiting and other species.