Today was my first serious snapper session for the year (I don't count September and before, it's too easy to miss!). With a rising barometer after the low that came through Wednesday we were pretty confident we would find hungry fish today. Heading out early with mates Tam Missen and Ash Shaw on Tam's Sailfish we enjoyed a stella session on 'school size' fish boating 15 or 16 (lost count it seems) and practised some good ol' catch and release in the light rain that hung all morning, making photography a challenge. The bite which coincided with the first hour of light was constant while it was on and then shut down in an instant..
It's great news for all that the water temperature in Port Phillip Bay and Westernport has equalised with the ocean and that means the snapper bite will well and truly heat up. The bite times are likely to still be brief for a week or two yet and it wont take much of a softening of the barometer for the fish to shut down. The bite windows will increase and of course change over the next few weeks and the soft takes will change into screaming runs. Tight lines on the reds everyone!
The skipper Tam and 'Ooda' with the result from a double hookup. Interesting to note the different coloured fish from the same school.
Its your lucky day!
It's great to see fish blast off, as these two had no hesitation.