Easy pickings for pinkie snapper

Adam Van Der Lugt with a Bluefin Tuna

Peri Stavropolous

Up the top of Port Phillip Bay, towards Altona, has been fishing very well for pinkie snapper.

Although not really getting much over a kilo, there is heaps out there! Casting 4 inch soft plastics or drifting with baits are very simple and effective techniques to score yourself a feed.

Werribee has been on fire as of late with massive schools of King George whiting patrolling the sand, anglers are having no issue in finding a bag of fish to 38cm.

St Helens Rocks has been a bit slow this past week with the fishing being very hit and miss but with the wild weather we are having at the moment it is definitely worth a crack as it will stir up the bottom and bring the fish in close, so we should expect to see some improvement this week, in particular the snapper.

St Leonards to Queenscliff still remains a popular hotspot if you’re chasing a feed of calamari and whiting.

Fishing the tide change for the whiting is the key to getting a bag of fish with sizes exceeding 40cm.

Once again, this week it’s tuna that are on most angler’s minds and are dominating reports, all the way from the back of ‘The Rip” right through to Aires Inlet in anywhere between 20-60 metres of water.

They are taking a wide variety of techniques with trolling and casting still being the most effective.

Chris and Trelly went on board Gone Fishing Charters where they had a session to remember with heaps of tuna hitting the deck while trolling lures, the boat even had an eight-way hook-up twice and landed all eight both times.

Adam Van Der Lugt from Trellys got stuck into the local action, landing himself some nice tuna while casting Gulp 7” Jerkshads.

He found the more turbulent water at the back of the heads was where they were feeding.

The Maribyrnong and Yarra River are both fishing exceptionally well as of late for Black Bream, holding hard against rock walls and bridges, casting small hardbody lures and soft plastics have been the go with Ecogear SX40s being a standout.

The Barwon River has been fishing very well as of late for carp and with this rain it should only get better.

Corn and bread are the best baits and is a great fishing option if the weather isn’t in your favour.

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