By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo

One of the many quality Snapper caught this week when the weather allowed.

One of the many quality Snapper caught this week when the weather allowed.

Sundays forecast was strong winds, showers, thunderstorms and possible hail with a top of 17.
Yes, it really is November, but it feels like June. About the only thing that resembles Spring at the moment is the amount of snapper being caught when the opportunity arises.
While boating, days have been few and far between at the moment. When you can get out, there are some quality snapper to be caught with good numbers of quality ones coming from Cleeland Bight.
If you are desperate for a snapper fish and the weather has meant the boat is out of the question, dust off the land-based gear and head to the jetty at Newhaven on the change of the low tide, with more snapper caught this week.
There were a few more chances during the week and with a couple of warmer days we have seen a small jump in temperature, now around high 14s, low 15s.
Although it is still below where you would expect the snapper to start becoming more aggressive on the bite, the reports were of fish hitting baits hard for the first time this week.
There is still plenty of reports of snapper being picky and just playing with baits and a few cases of a decent run then nothing, suggesting they are just grabbing baits and not inhaling them.
Reports were spread out and the trend seemed to be deep early and shallow in the later afternoon to evening.
As always, there are plenty coming back with an empty esky but that’s just fishing.
The deep spots were Elizabeth Island and Observation Point/Silverleaves.
The shallow was the top end of the Corals towards Coronet Bay and even a few pinkies around between the Top Light and Reef Island.
The size of fish was all over the place as well, with undersize to the best for the week would have nudged the old 20lb mark.
One of the best sessions for the week was on Friday when a customer headed out for a fish in Cleeland Bight.
It was one of those sessions where the timing with tide and time of the day was supposedly wrong, according to the experts.
Over 6kg was the best, with another just under and a few smaller ones as well as other take home fish.
This catch and plenty more so far this season have proved that sometimes you just throw out the rule book and go fishing.
The land-based reports continued this week with, as I keep saying, one of the best seasons from Newhaven that we have seen.
There was another half a dozen snapper reported this week, with one over the 7kg mark and most 2kg to 3kg.
Newhaven Jetty also produced a few trevally and salmon with the usual banjos and rays.
The whiting are continuing and showing no signs of slowing down or dropping quality anytime soon, with the reports coming from more areas as well.
There were some very good reports from Cleeland Bight once again, but we are starting to get reports from other areas with the winds allowing.
We are also starting to see plenty of mixed bags now, with couta and trevally showing up around the bay.


Enjoy fishing at Corinella

Angus Walker proves that the snapper are back in Western Port.

Angus Walker proves that the snapper are back in Western Port.

Brian Kelson with a nice snapper caught during the recent competition.

Brian Kelson with a nice snapper caught during the recent competition.

RESIDENTS of Corinella, Tenby Point, French Island, Grantville and further afield to Kilcunda and Wonthaggi are privileged to enjoy a stunning setting in one of the most spectacular areas in Victoria.
The Corinella Boating and Angling Club has been a part of this community for more than 35 years and is one of the oldest established and successful fishing clubs in the area.
The club boasts a very busy competition season every year with no less than 15 fishing competitions spread throughout the year, as well as various social events.
All events cater for individuals and families, whether you are a novice or experienced fisher.
Recently club members brought back a booty of snapper caught near Corinella, which is proof the snapper have come into the bay and surrounding areas.
The major snapper competition is held in late November with generous prizes for first and second.
It’s not too late to join the club, as from December to April there is no less than 10 events being held, including different species events and the annual social cruise and lunch at the Yaringa Marina.
The Corinella Boating and Angling Club is always looking for new members, either individual or family.
You don’t have to be an expert at fishing, just willing to give it a go and you don’t need a boat to win the competitions.
For example, the Open Species competition can easily be won with land-based fishing, and there are a few members vying for the prize who only fish off the land.
Next year will be exciting for the club with new clubrooms in the pipeline, as well as fishing information sessions being held to learn the tricks of the sport.
Free social barbecues are held at Corinella throughout the summer and spring and families are welcome.
Contact president Brian Ellis on 0417 566 164 or secretary Pam on 0432 304 740 for further information, or join online at www.corinellafishing.com.au