Most anglers don't realize but the winter fishing for both pinkies and snapper can be excellent. While numbers of fish aren't as thick as say October, the rewards are certainly there for anglers braving the cold conditions. There have been fish scattered all over the bays bu the real hot spot for numbers of fish has been the top end of Port Phillip. The reefy areas from Black Rock further north right up into the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers have been the better spots to focus on. Most of the fish have been from 35 - 50cm but ththere have been much larger fish about.
Customer Maresi caught a ripper fish from Lagoon pier recently under the cover of darkness. Not much details are known about the capture but either way
landing a big snapper sure beats staying at home!
The typical schooling size fish from the Docklands region have been on the chew lately, with both bait and lures getting bites. Productive baits have been
pilchard and salmon fillets, fished on twin snelled 1/0 hooks. If you are able to cast baits like this unweighted you will be much more successful,
as the fish will aggressively take the bait as it slowly wafts down. The same can be said with soft plastics - heavily weighted jigheads might gain
extra casting distance but they all snag up much quicker and don't attract as many bites on 'the drop' like lighter weights do. Small 3 inch grub and
paddletail style plastics are proving very effective at the moment, especially through the afternoon into night.
Customer Ryan has been catching plenty of fish in the 40cm size range from the Docklands and nearby piers, on both lure and bait. Ryan's more successful bait lately has been small strips and fillets of Australian salmon, which have also been plentiful.
Customer Jake has also been catching quite a few good sized pinkies while chasing bream in the metro rivers on lures. The lower sections of the Maribyrnong
and Yarra have been holding good sized schools which have been responding well to worm style soft plastics. As these schools have been moving with
the tide, having a depth sounder capable of locating them without too much fuss s the best way to maximize your fishing time.