The reason behind catching a genuine winter red snapper in July explained:
Occasionally, snapper begin to appear in our bays a bit early, around late August. If you’re knowledgeable and skilled, you might have a reasonable chance of catching one during this time. This marks the beginning of the snapper season in Melbourne, Victoria. Then, around early June, the last group of snapper departs the bays, and they can still be caught if you know what you’re doing.
July Snapper In Western Port Video
As a result, catching a snapper in July (a true snapper, not a small pinkie or fish) is nearly impossible. Therefore, catching a July snapper is considered as impressive as catching a 20-pound snapper, given the amount of effort required. The video below demonstrates precisely that – catching a genuine winter snapper!
Title: Tackle Tips for Western Port Fishing
Fishing in Western Port often involves dealing with swift currents and encountering large stingrays, sharks, and various other fish species. Therefore, it’s crucial to have the right tackle when targeting fish like snapper. I prefer using a 6 to 10-kilo fishing combo, not because lighter gear is incapable of catching snapper, but for better reliability.
Over the years, I’ve tried numerous rod combos and discovered that investing in quality tackle pays off in the long run, as opposed to purchasing cheap gear that breaks easily and underperforms. My go-to rod combo includes:
- Shimano Saragossa 8000 reel
- Shimano Sentire Stealth Series 691 Pelagic P-6 rod
- 40-pound Daiwa 8x strand braid line
I rig a 2-meter mono leader with an easy clip and a running sinker. For hooks, I prefer the 187 suicide hooks (also known as octopus hooks) during the early season. These hooks are exceptionally sharp and increase my chances of catching a winter or early-season snapper, as demonstrated in the video above.
This tackle setup is also recommended for areas with strong currents or where large stingrays and numerous sharks are present. It allows you to reel in fish more quickly and focus on snapper fishing rather than dealing with unwanted fish species.
Title: Winter Snapper Port Phillip Bay Tackle Recommendations
When fishing in Port Phillip Bay in winter, I use slightly different tackle, especially during the early season when I typically fish in shallow waters and use mono main line. My recommended rod combo for this area is:
- Reel: Shimano Baitrunner 6000D
- Rod: Shimano Revolution 741 Fishing Rod 6-8kg
For the main line, I use 12lb-15lb green mono line. Although I don’t have a particular favorite brand for mono, I often purchase from Berkley.
While fishing for snapper in Port Phillip Bay, I recommend having at least four rods out, as this is the maximum allowed per person in Victoria. In terms of rigs, I usually use a combination of three times snelled hooks and Reedy’s Ultra Rigs in my spread.
Reedy's Rigs Fishing Tackle
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