Snapper in the sound

How common is it to catch Snapper in the sound, inside the Islands?  Do experienced fishos catch on every trip out, or is it a 1 in 10 trips kinda catch?

Haven't targetted them yet and want to give it a go.

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 3 fish in 3 years is my

Mon, 2020-06-08 14:21

 3 fish in 3 years is my current conversion rate. Those three were within an hour of eachother

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there are a few guys who have

Mon, 2020-06-08 14:47

there are a few guys who have a good hit rate, up around 80 percent from inside the sound id guess.alot guys are lucky to get 10 fish a year.
my mates whos just started fishing has done about 15 trips in between the isalnds for no fish so far, I keep telling him September is coming

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 So how far out (and how

Mon, 2020-06-08 16:07

 So how far out (and how deep) do you need to head to be in with a better chance of getting onto Snapper / Dhu / Baldies? 


I'm pretty new to boating and usually head out alone; so don't like to venture much past the islands until I've got plenty of experience under my belt!

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Another 5ks past the

Mon, 2020-06-08 20:05

Another 5ks past the islands..5 fathom bank, hit and miss but a starting point. Lots anchor and burley.

After that you get patches but next system would be 38-45m..another 18-20k from back of islands.

If you have the fuel capacity it's just knowing the weather.

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 I suggest going about 300km

Mon, 2020-06-08 21:44

 I suggest going about 300km due south of the sound...



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We have about a 75% success

Wed, 2020-06-10 06:33

We have about a 75% success rate on the backside of GI around July/August and early September. Burley up and waif. We usually get hordes of herring under the boat and use those as butterfly baits. Octopus and squid can be a problem on baits. 

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I have about a 97% hit rate

Thu, 2020-06-11 19:03

I have about a 97% hit rate of finding snapper in the sound and 0.786% of catching them ha ha.


Resident fish can be super fussy. At least i know August is coming and can make up for it then 


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I use to love

Thu, 2020-06-11 21:32

Hunting them . No more . I think the biggest draw and buzz is overhead screaming when they hit . Never went for them at all last season ( in sound). They are pretty easy in sept onwards as pointed out in early post

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 But the "wisemen" have

Fri, 2020-06-12 11:41

 But the "wisemen" have changed the Snapper Ban dates in the Sound- now includes September. Five Month ban now?

 Info from Fisheries Site: Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds pink snapper spawning closure extension 

To provide additional protection for spawning pink snapper, the date and area for the Cockburn and Warnbro sounds pink snapper spawning closure has been extended from 1 September to 31 January now extending north to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and west to the inside of Five Fathom Bank (see map below)


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 Think they have gone a bit

Fri, 2020-06-12 13:52

 Think they have gone a bit too far. January should be open and up to the fishing boat harbour bit overboard. Along with to the inside of the 5 . The ban seems to be working with the reports of loads of small pinks about 


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