Snapper reports have been pretty good considering it's late June. The snapper in the bay have fired up somewhat since Melbourne copped some ugly weather a little while back, so if you're a snapper freak then now's just as good a time as any to go out and try pin a good sized fish. The best part is that the snapper action hasn't been too confined to any certain areas of the bay; there have been fish caught from Geelong to Port Melbourne and Brighton to Mount Martha. Customer Vic made use of some ugly weather earlier in the week and perched himself along the rocks down towards Mornington. Vic was targeting snapper and lost a couple of fish, but the fish that he did land was a beast. Fishing with a whole pillie on 60lb leader Vic managed to land a thumping fish of 10.2kg - not bad for landbased in June hey...meanwhile across near Williamstown in only 8m of water customer Reece caught this nice 7kg fish on pilchard while drifting along a small dropoff with flatties in mind. That's the shoreline and city in the background.

Along pretty much every reef patch in the bay the pinkies have been in plague proportions. While there have been heaps of fish to attack a bait, a lot of them have been on the small side. A lot of the fish have been around the 30cm size, with a few bigger models mixed in. Larger baits and bigger hooks are a good idea if you're after a few bigger fish for the table. Soft plastics are a good option when chasing pinkies, and brands like Zman are excellent when the smaller fish are chewing other plastics to bits. If you're lucky you might even get some by-catch like customer Shane did. Shane was fishing out around Mordi with a 4" plastic when he landed a rare catch. This strange fish is an Australian Angel shark, which can reach around 1.5m in length.

For the squidding enthusiasts, the calmer weather we have had has been perfect for hitting some of the piers and rock ledges in search of a few. The southern end of the bay has been the best recently, especially along Mornington, Blairgowrie and Portsea. Staff member Don headed down to Portsea pier during the week and found some nice squid and cuttlefish. Don found that size 3.5 Yakamito's in gold foil were the best on this occasion, with all squid and cuttlefish caught on similar jigs. Customer Ryan has also been catching a few squid from the rocks around Mornington recently. Ryan has had to work hard and hop around in search of a few but he has been getting good numbers in the end. Size 3.0 and 3.5 Gancraft and Yamashita jigs have been the best, with green/gold tones/grass whiting patterns working the best. Most of Ryan's squid have been in the 300g size lately. 

 

Reports coming from Port Phillip Bay have been a bit quiet recently. There has been a run of snapper hanging around since the start of the rough 'winter' weather which has gotten a few anglers excited, but action close to home has been a bit quiet. The salmon have been showing up around some of the local piers like Frankston, Seaford and Mordi during a bit of onshore southwesterly chop. Baits of bluebait or whitebait have been good, along with small plastics and metal slugs.

Around the estuaries the bream have been touch and go with the recent rain and average weather. Baits of prawn and scrubworm have been tempting a few fish out of the Patterson River. The 'Patto' has also seen a couple of mulloway caught recently as well. Customer Ben managed 2 in a session recently using plastics, with the bigger fish measuring 80cm.

Over towards Altona customer Tony reports of some reasonable squid fishing in close, with size 3.0 jigs doing the damage. Tony also caught some nice sized flatties on strips of freshly caught squid out deep.

Port Phillip Bay has really hit it's straps over the last few weeks on the snapper front. The temperature of the bay has risen to the hover around the same as bass strait and this is the trigger that really sets the snapper off. Over the last few weeks there have been fish caught all over the bay, from 10m through to 21m. At present the more consistent areas seem to be the 17 - 20m ground out from Mornington - Mordialloc, with the deeper parts out towards P2 in the north of the bay producing fish as well.

Baits of all sorts have been working with scad, whiting, saucy, cuttlefish, gar, salmon, couta, pilchard and squid all producing fish  - but that being said it is very wise to take a selection and definitely make sure there are some pillies and squid in that mix, along with pilchard and squid scented berley pellets. There have been too many fish caught to list each and every one, so from here on we will let the pictures do the talking. 



Squid fishing around the bay has been good recently for anglers from the shore, kayak, or in the boat. Most of the usual haunts are producing squid, from one side of the bay to the other. There have been some nice squid coming from the top of the bay around Altona and Williamstown, as staff member Ian found out. Ian fished over the weekend with mate Bruce in search of a few squid and possibly a snapper. Ian fished in various locations from Williamstown to Altona and down to St Leonards, with squid coming from all locations. Various jigs worked best, including size 3.0 Gesolas and Yamashita Sutte-R. The most successful depths were around the 4m mark, with the ultra shallow too glassed off during the day. After catching their squid, Ian and Bruce moved out a bit deeper in search of a snapper, but with no avail. They did however land a few good sized flathead and salmon on snatcher style rigs fished with fresh squid. 

Along the southeastern side of the bay, staff member Kozi reports some good numbers of squid coming from Bighton, Beaumaris and Mornington piers. While Brighton can be a bit patchy, darker coloured jigs work well when there hasn't been too much angler traffic along the pier. Staff member Dylan has caught some nice squid to around 1kg from Beaumaris during the week, with dark coloured Yoshikawa jigs in size 3.0 working the best.

Australian salmon have been thick in the bay at the moment, with schools being caught along both east and west sides of the bay. Customer Ryan reports that Beaumaris bay through to Sandringham has been boiling with fish to 2.5kg on some days. While the salmon may not be visible some days, they are more than likely working 'deep' and harassing bait schools that aren't on the surface. Ryan has been out in his kayak and has found a few patches of fish pushing bait towards the surface, where he has been smashing a few with soft plastics. Whitebait imitation soft plastics in the 2 - 4" size have been dynamite, especially in white/pale yellow/pink colours.

Further down along Frankston and Seaford there have also been salmon working along the shoreline. Staff member Kozi has been down on more than one occasion and has done well on fish around 1kg on flickbait style plastics around 3" in length. Days with a strong southwesterly wind have brought the fish right in close to shore.  

With some calmer conditions recently, Port Phillip has fished well for squid. The areas from Frankston south have been the best, as the more northeastern sections of inshore reef have been churned up with onshore winds, which has made the water a bit milkier and the fishing a bit tougher. Not to say that the squid aren't there, but the most effective method for the northern section of the bay is to use a baited jig under a float or a bright coloured UV or luminous jig, smothered in scent like Egimax spray. 

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been out chasing squid on charter with customers, and while the numbers of squid have been hard to pick through, there have still been some quality sized specimens coming aboard. James has been using jigs with strong silhouette or bright cloth colours to get his bags out from Altona and Williamstown. 

The squid fishing has been good in Port Phillip Bay recently. There has been a run of good sized squid on most of the southern grass beds that have come in to spawn and these squid can be aggressive at times. James from Unreel Fishing Charters has been fishing the southern end of the bay in search of a few of these bigger squid, and all of his customer have had a ball catching them. Jigs in 3.0 and 3.5 sizes have been the way to go, with the smaller jigs working well in shallow around moorings and the larger 3.5's doing the trick out along deeper grassbeds and edges. Pink, orange and white colours have been performing well for James recently. 

Further up the bay customer Ryan has also been catching some good numbers of squid from his kayak. Ryan has been fishing a multiple rod assault on the squid, and also on other species inhabiting the same ground. On one rod Ryan has a size 3.0 Dartmax jig drifting just behind his kayak, while working small soft plastics in the direction he is drifting. Ryan has been catching some good numbers of sand and rock flathead, along with pinkies and red mullet amongst the squid. Customer Adz Van Luhhr has been giving the bream a going over recently in some tough to fish locations. Adz has seen a few fish cruising around which are rarely tempted by artificial offerings, but after switching up to unweighted creature baits he has started get a bit more interest from bream like this 41cm horse. 

It's not every day that you see snapper caught on a kids outfit. Customer Eric purchased a kids fishing outfit for $10 a few weeks ago, and he had it out while snapper fishing recently. Out of all the rods to go off, the pinks kids special went off, and after a few tense moments a nice snapper of 5kg came up to the surface. Eric was fishing out in 17m of water off Altona, with baits of squid heads doing the best.

Customer Angelo also fished out from Altona towards P2 recently where the average size of the fish has dropped, with most fish around the 2kg mark. Baits of gars, silver whiting and pilchard are performing well in the area. The odd fish is being caught by angler 'micro jigging' around the schools as well, with jigs in pink and orange seeming to get more attention.

 

 

The northern end of Port Phillip Bay has seen an awesome run of snapper over the last 10 days, with many fish over 5kg in weight. Fish to 10kg have been caught by anglers in boats and also from the shoreline and pier, from Altona right around to St Kilda.

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has had a couple of sessions in the top of the Bay with customers, and reports of some good fish around. Young Colwyn holds up a ripper that was caught in just 4m of water on pilchard at night, out from Port Melbourne.

Customer Tamer from Craigieburn scored an awesome fish of 7.5kg out from Altona late last week. Tamer was fishing in 18m of water and caught the ripper on Silver whiting.

With the rough weather Melbourne has had recently, there hasn't been much chance for anglers to tangle with snapper out in the boat. The rough conditions have made for some excellent snapper fishing from the shore however, with most piers and shorelines producing snapper at one stage or another. There have been more fish in the northern end of the bay at the minute though, with fish spread out around St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Altona and down to Black Rock.

Customer Ryan caught his first ever land based snapper from the shoreline up near Port Melbourne recently, with a lovely fish over just over 5kg to open his land based account. Ryan also caught salmon to 2.5kg during the same session using baits of pilchard and squid.

With water temperatures warming slightly, some good sized flathead are available to anglers fishing in similar ground for whiting in the bay. Flathead can be caught throughout the whole bay, but more productive areas can be around Mordialloc, Brighton, Altona and south around Rye and Sorrento.

Staff member Dylan has caught some nice flatties to around 60cm while targeting them out from Brighton. Soft plastics have been his preferred option, with Zman minnows in whitebait colour being the best at the minute.

Across at Altona, customer Angelo caught a bag of flatties up to 57cm using snapper snatchers sweetened with pieces of whitebait. The 6m depth was the most productive, south of Altona.