Snapper still biting at waterfront

A Gone Fishing Charter with its haul of snapper. (Supplied) 260635_01

Peri Stavropoulos

The land based snapper fishing is still proving to be super effective over the past week with the Geelong waterfront being yet again one of the number one hotspots.

Wagim Walk is still providing some fantastic fishing with anglers still hauling in fish to over 60cm, bait fishing has been most effective but as the weather warms up it’s well worth throwing some soft plastics around.

St Leonards pier has been a hot spot with plenty of reports coming through of anglers landing some good fish.

Bait fishing on the rougher days has been most productive but in saying that anglers are still getting them on the calm days too.

Fresh baits like pilchards, squid and whiting have all been working a treat.

As the warmer weather warms up the bay the snapper should hopefully come onto the chew hard.

St Helens rocks has had some decent fishing on offer also this past week with reports of both pinky snapper and flathead all making appearances. Andrew Orchard had a crack down there during the week landing some quality flathead over 50 cm.

Queenscliff has been another hot spot for the fishing this week with its usual resident fish fishing very well.

King George whiting have been chewing very well from the grass beads off Queenscliff all the way up to St Leonards with the ‘White Lady’ proving to be the current hot spot.

Anglers fishing the big tides have been having no trouble in boating good numbers of whiting with plenty of fish getting over 40cm.

The Point Lonsdale bight has been a prime location for calamari as of late, boats that have found a patch out there have had no problem in finding a bag of squid.

Casting big squid jigs has been super effective and so too has handlines with a squid spike, especially if you want one of the big ones that lurk below.

Offshore Barwon Heads is still producing bulk amounts of snapper and Gone Fishing Charters is right in the thick of it.

Chris (Gone Fishing) and other boats are finding large schools of snapper holding anywhere between 30-45m, heaps of fish around the 1.5kg mark with plenty of fish hitting the deck that are over three kilograms.