Snapper season starts as the waters warm up after Winter.

The succulent fish is highly sought after by recreational fishing folk Australia wide.

Getfished records Snapper fishing reports whenever possible. Including how and where they are biting.

Scientific Name: Pagrus auratus

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Snapper Fishing Reports include adult Snapper and Juveniles – aka Pinky Snapper.

The most sought after saltwater fish species, by recreational anglers, in Victoria.

For good reason!  Larger specimens are fantastic fighting fish.  While smaller “pinkie” snapper over the legal size (currently 28cm) makes a succulent table fish.Snapper Season: Can be fished all year round. Rare during cooler months. Far more abundant between October and March.

Total Snapper Catches Reported Near Melbourne

We record the number of catches of each species when we prepare our Snapper fishing reports.

All Getfished Fishing Reports are aggregated from multiple resources. Including dedicated submitted fishing reports, Youtube videos and more.

Snapper Catches
October Snapper Catches*: 21.62%
Reported Bait/Lures: Whiting Head 
*Catches: Percentage of all fish species Reported to Getfished.

Recent Snapper Fishing Hotspots

Altona, Carrum, Clifton Springs, Corals, Corinella, Crawfish Rock, Eagle Rock, Geelong, Joe’s Island, Lang Lang, Mordialloc, Mt Martha, Port Philip Bay, Portarlington Boat Harbour, Seaford, Werribee, Werribee South, Western Port Bay, Williamstown

Port Phillip Bay Hotspots: Clifton Springs 2, Wilson Spit, Queenscliff, Port Philip Bay,

Western Port Bay Hotspots: Lysaght’s, Crawfish Rock, Joes Island, Lang Lang,

Mic Hotspots: Barwon Heads, Barwon Heads, Port Welshpool,

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Recommended Snapper Rigs

My preferred snapper rig is always a Paternoster. These rigs give you twice the bait on the line, twice the hooks and twice the chance of hooking a fish.

I’ve had a great deal of success with the rigs listed below. I would recommend any of these for adult snapper.

Different colours are available.

But I’ve had the most success with the Bleeding Pilchard. With yellow coming a close second.

I particularly love using the Bleeding Pilchard colour scheme. Because it works so well. I’ve tried cheaper variations. But in my experience, they don’t come close to the build quality of these rigs. The exception being my own DIY rigs where I add my own skirts and lumo-beads.

You will be amazed at just how effective these rigs are when the snapper is one. Both in a boat, a kayak and from the pier or land-based location.

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