Snapper out deeper in good numbers
With a significant change of late in the weather pattern to more ‘typical’ May conditions, the days out there have been numbered.
The best snapper fishing has been in the depths of 62 meters plus, heading either west or north of the entrance. Nice plump fish of a medium to larger size, full of fat under the skin, have been caught at a good rate out in these areas. The bycatch of other less desirable species has been minimal when you encounter this kind of snapper hard on the bite, so enjoy it when it’s on.
For those heading north and south, the 40-50 metre depth has been holding good fish and often the bigger specimens as well – it just takes longer to reach your limit.
The fishing in closer has slowed and spots that were on in the 30-metre range a few weeks back are now slow. It’s getting to the point in the year where if your bycatch is the ‘un-nameable’ then keep moving out until there’s no sign on the sounder.
There are some good gurnard showing up as a bycatch bonus, and these are of a good size.
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