Something Fishy | Whiting or bream, but not a snapper?!

SURPRISE SNAPPER: Young Travis Thompson with a cracker snapper reeled in at Stockton Beach by Warren Thompson. Picture: supplied.
SURPRISE SNAPPER: Young Travis Thompson with a cracker snapper reeled in at Stockton Beach by Warren Thompson. Picture: supplied.

Stockton Beach must rate as one of the best fishing beaches in this state. I regularly mention the great variety of fish that move along the beach and take up residence in the deeper holes.

At this time of the year you can expect to catch a whiting, bream, salmon, mulloway and possibly a flathead. What you will not expect to battle with is a 66cm, 3kg snapper. Surprise! That is exactly what Warren Thompson did earlier in the week.

Well-organised with a butterflied yellowtail bait on an 8/0 circle hook Warren waited patiently for a mulloway to attack the bait on dark. That was the plan. Whammo! Here we go. After an intense battle, what appeared to be a giant bream bounced up the beach. Hang on. It's a snapper.

A rare event but not unheard of. Over the years I have had reports of big snapper moving along the beaches particularly during, or shortly after, rough weather.

Hawks Nest Beach up toward the Little Gibber seems to be where most beach snapper are recorded. Let me know if you have other stories.

A few mud crab sightings are reaching my desk. Fingal champs John and Naomi Evans know a secret spot in the western corner of the Port where the crabs have started to dance.

Got a pic or tip for Stinker?

  • You can email it to stinkerfishing@yahoo.com with your contact number and details of your catch.