The top end of Westernport Bay has been producing some quality snapper for anglers persisting with the area. While this area normally fires up earlier
than Port Phillip for instance - the fish are never sure fire and still require patience and persistence. These early season top end fish are generally
between 5 - 8kg but more often than not are quite timid in how they bite. Very rarely will a heavy Westernport-type rod buckle on one of these fish.
Soft tipped rods are the go for early season fish, as they are much better at detecting subtle takes from the fish. Fresh baits of squid, pike, yakka
and couta are excellent starting points for the top end as well a subtle berley trail of cubed pilchards to entice them.
Customer Tony recently purchased a swag of Westernport outfits and got to christen them just earlier this week while fishing with a friend near Joe's Island.
Tony was using freshly caught squid cut into 'onion ring' style baits pinned on 5/0 Owner hooks when he pinned this nice fish. Tony did mention that
the bite from this fish was very subtle and not noticeable unless using a rod with a fairly soft tip.
Customer Michael also had a look around the top end of the port in search of an early season red, and he wasn't disappointed with the fish that he found.
Michael fished around the Corinella region and got onto 2 nice snapper along a channel edge. Baits of fresh squid did the job, and also tempted a nice
table sized gummy as well.