Snapper are biting back

Peri Stavropoulos with a kingfish. (supplied)

Snapper have come back onto the chew this week with some nice reports coming from the outer harbour with anglers putting in some hard work being rewarded with some nice fish. Anglers fishing a tide change or on first/last night have been finding better success.

Fishing your typical snapper baits like pilchards, squid and silver whiting have all been accounting for plenty of nibbles.

St Leonards through to Queenscliff has continued to fish well for King George whiting especially with the stronger tides we have received. Squid strips and pipis have been the stand out baits as per always.

The offshore tuna bite has been much hit and miss these past weeks with anglers either getting nothing or having sessions to remember. The key lately has been finding the better quality water, bait and birds. Once those three are in line then it’s only a matter of time until the tuna show up in force.

When they do you will pick them up on the troll with hardbody or skirted lures however the most exciting way and at times like this the most effective method would be to throw top water lures into the commotion.

Large schools of Australian salmon are still hanging around but can expect them to move on at some point so it’s a good time to get out there and try to load up on gummy baits for the winter.

Kingfish have still been in numbers but have definitely slowed up. Being persistent and working hard should show some results.

The Barwon estuary has been another popular location this past week with anglers finding a whole variety of species on offer in the system with towards the front providing lots of options, especially if you are trying to escape the weather or want to have some fun for the kids. Salmon, trevally and whiting are all on the chew and in good numbers.

Moving further up and above the lake the estuary perch have been in fantastic numbers. Anglers getting out have been landing fish to over 50cm which is great to see for our local waters.