Snapper run shows no sign of slowing

Jimmy Robinson with a snapper from Clifton Springs. (Supplied)

The outer harbour is still providing anglers with some great snapper fishing this past week with reports continuing to flow in of fish holding in great numbers.

Alcoa Pier is one of the current hotspots if you’re chasing a few pinkies for the table, with large numbers of fish to 40cm right along the pier.

Casting soft plastics such as Berkley Gulp 3” Minnows has been dynamite, with plenty of bi-catch such as salmon and pike.

Clifton Springs through to Portarlington has a lot of boat traffic and for good reason, the snapper are going nuts!

Anywhere along the channel has definitely been the hot spot, with reports of fish to 6kg in solid numbers.

Jimmy Robinson and Kevin Hunter from Trelly’s got out at the weekend to fish the BLGSF Club’s annual snapper comp, taking out first place with the winning fish going 6.9kg on just 4kg line.

The squid fishing towards Queenscliff is on fire with crazy numbers of squid accessible to both land-based and boat fishermen.

The land-based hot spot has been off the surf, just to the right off bell reef.

Wading out and sending out a big cast to reach the weed beds has been very productive with anglers having no issue in finding a bag of squid.

Fishing from a boat has also been accounting for plenty of squid right along the bight area, with big jigs working a treat.

The run of snapper off Barwon Heads has shown no sign of slowing down as the reports just seem to keep getting better and better with the numbers and size constantly improving.

Fishing in depths between 20 – 60 metres has been holding plenty of fish with the 30m line being most productive.

Offshore at the moment is starting to show some of its variety of species with gummy sharks still in great numbers, tuna being sighted and even a kingfish caught whilst snapper fishing.

The Barwon River is starting to clear up and some of our favourite summer species are starting to come back on the chew, in particular the redfin and estuary perch.

Casting small paddle tail plastics rigged with a spinner blade anywhere from the Shannon Avenue bridge right through to Queens Park has been holding the majority of the fish.

As the weather warms up we can expect to see some natives come onto the chew such as yellow belly and bass.

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