Port Phillip bay is starting to produce a few nice snapper. While water temperatures are still down the fish are starting to switch on and give anglers opportunities or bite 'windows' Generally early in the season the most productive time is first light through to about 8am. Getting out earlier rather than later and locating fish, berleying and baiting up is the go as most anglers who locate feeding fish will be back at the ramp by 8:30am. A few nice fish have been taking plastics and lures as well. Customer Luke fished out in the shallows over on the western side of the bay from his kayak recently to land fish to land a nice fish of around 5kg. Luke was fishing a Gulp Jerkshad on a 1/4oz head, in around 7m of water.

James from Unreel Fishing Charters has also been getting a few early season snapper while out on the bay. James hasn't really started full blown snapper trips but he is noticing that they are becoming more and more active every week. James was out with customers early in the week fishing some shallow ground on the eastern side of the bay where he landed a couple of nice fish up to 78cm in length. Pilchards and squid strips have been his favourite baits at the moment.

 

While a lot of fisherman zoom straight out to the deepest water they can find, there is also some quality fishing to be found in the shallower sections of the bay. Customer Angelo and mates went for a walk throughout some of the shallow water across near Geelong last week where they came up with some lovely flounder, sole and flathead. Garfish and salmon were also seen in the area. Angelo said that water up to chest deep was productive. 

If you're going to give this style of fishing a shot, invest in a good quality LED light. The Perfect Image CREE LED Prawn lights are one of the better lights out there, as they emit a bright light for floundering and prawning while drawing very little power, and these lights take AA batteries straight into the handle - no more dragging batteries around in the water. 

In the shallows over around Frankston there have been a few gars showing up. The gars aren't super thick in numbers but they have been decent size. Customer Ronnie reported catching a good bag of them from the pier during the week, with silverfish being the better bait. There have also been plenty of salmon around the area, and usually if the gars are on then the salmon won't be around. Working between Oliver's Hill and Mordialloc will usually see you find the salmon somewhere in between. Bluebait and salted whitebait fished deep under a float has been effective, and for the lure casters River2Sea sea rocks in 14 - 40g have been the best. Most colours are working but whites and blues are hard to beat, just remember to retrofit them with in-line single hooks.