Snap ’em up in the outer harbour

Bob Sobevski with a nice sized snapper.

By Peri Stavropoulos

The weather is finally starting to settle after a few weeks of high winds and rain and the fishing has still remained quite good around the bay.

The outer harbour has had some reports of some fantastic snapper getting caught with fish getting to 9kg.

Bob Sobeveski got stuck into some cracking fish during a weekend evening soaking baits in hope for a snapper or two and it’s pretty safe to say he was not disappointed.

Bob landed three Snapper at 9.5kg, 8kg and 5kg along with three gummy sharks and a heap of smaller pinkies.

St Helens rocks have been fishing quite well for land based anglers over the past week or so with a variety of species on the chew down there such as pinkie snapper, flathead and whiting.

Casting out baits like blue bait and squid on a paternoster rig has been by far the best way to score a bite down there lately.

The Curlewis bank is still producing some nice squid to anglers drifting the weed beds.

The water clarity has cleared up quite nicely so the squid fishing has improved from a few weeks ago, the standout coloured jigs would have to be natural colours at the moment but they don’t seem to be super fussy.

Offshore Barwon Heads has had quite the break from the massive numbers of boats over the past few weeks but there is still some good fishing to be had.

Although the tuna reports haven’t really been talk of the town there is still plenty of sign out there and some guys are still spotting them so it still pays to take some tuna gear out there and have a look.

The flathead have been biting really well along the 50m line, the flatties have been in massive numbers and some good size ones too.

The western lakes have really fired up this week with some fantastic reports of brown trout and redfin being caught.

Lake Purrumbete has had massive numbers of redfin holding right around the lake but more towards the east bank and at first light there has been some good trout on offer with fish reaching the 3.6kg mark.

Wurdibuloc Reservoir has been fishing well over the past week for both trout and redfin as Andrew Orchard found out early in the week landing quality trout and redfin on shallow diving minnow hardbodies.