The final tips
Patterson River boat ramp manager Trevor Hogan says that for snapper, bait pilchards and silver whiting are the go, although others favour squid for its tendency to stay on the hook better.
“And listen to reports of where the fish have been biting,” he advises. “Last year, most of the fish were down the bottom end of the bay near Altona and a lot of people who weren’t doing well were sticking to their same old haunts where they’d caught fish before."
Unless you’re under 18, over 70 or otherwise exempt you’ll need a Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence – from $10 for a three-day licence, to $98.20 for a three-year licence, see the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) website. Snapper must be at least 28cm from tail to snout; you can take up to 10 per day and no more than three can be above 40cm.
For more information, visit vfa.vic.gov.au