Week 19: Victorian Snapper
Last week I was down in Victoria chasing Snapper. I was fishing with my good friend and guide Tony Spiteri and his 11 year old son Mark. Mark is a GUN fisho, and I have had him on our show before where he caught a dozen snapper between 3-5 kilo. This time unfortunately the weather was against us, and we battled a strong 25 knot south westerly wind for 2 days. Early December can be a hit or miss with Snapper in the bay. The fish are there in big numbers, but for some reason they can shut down quickly.
Mark started the session off with a succession of Flathead and a few small pinkies. Our fresh whiting baits had two sharp Gamakatsu hooks protruding from their heads, and a light ball sinker to carry it down to the depths. Tony likes to fish nice and light with the big fish, and use bait that moves slowly with the current seems to attract the attention of big snapper. We were battling the swell in a 6.9m Quintrex Trident and after a few hours we only had small fry as a disappointing catch.
Another move to deeper water saw my line come tight and finally the line the screamed from the spool, as a solid snapper raced away! After a morning of small fish, it was pleasant to see a snapper of around 3kg glide into the net. By Port Phillip Bay standards this was just an average catch! But after toiling for hours with little success we were happy to have this bigger model in the fish well.