AUSTRALIA: Williamstown To Werribee – Landed an Elephant Fish

Ben and James Laverty shot out off Williamstown last Friday morning in search of Snapper. Setting out a berley trail and a spread of baits including pilchards and garfish along the 17m line produced a few Snapper. According to James, the bites were timid, but the action increased on the change of tide. Moving in to 15m of water also resulted in a few more Snapper averaging 55 to 60 centimetres.

Fishing in 10m of water towards Werribee South off Portarlington, Kevin Warwick and his son, Thomas, landed eight Snapper to 4.5kg and a surprise Elephant Fish during their first trip for the season. Kevin’s workmates, Binh and Ramez were also amongst the action with rods buckling almost simultaneously on the low tide change. All fish were caught on whole pilchards.

East of the Yarra River, Frank De Luca headed out off Brighton on Tuesday afternoon and almost immediately sounded up masses of Snapper in 14m of water. Once the baits were in the water, it didn’t take for a few fish to oblige with Snapper of 2.5 to 4 kg taken on squid and pilchards. Frank mentioned that the last of both the ebb and flood tides seems to be peak feeding period.

It was a similar scenario last Thursday evening where Snapper were again on the chew at Brighton, but this time in just 5m of water. Interestingly, after examining the stomach contents of a few fish kept for the table, Frank and his fishing buddy, David Gatt, noticed that they were all full of sea urchins.

Kayak fishing enthusiast, Richard Linossi, says it has been hard core fishing in the shallows off Ricketts Point and Blackrock, with some sessions yielding catch and release bags of 30 to 40 Snapper, averaging 1.3 to 3.5kg, on lures and soft plastics. A range of artificials including worm and baitfish profile soft plastics as well as various blades and vibes have been successful.

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