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Snapper in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay October 2016 it Begins!

Port Phillip Bay's Snapper Fishing Charters

Hi there Reel Time Customers and friends,

Well, October Port Phillip Bay Snapper Fishing Charters started with a bang! To say the least, with the sun shining and the Snapper and big ones I might add, playing the game with many Bag Out Charters and some lovely trophy fish to almost 9 KGS.

Melbourne, Patterson Lakes/Carrum Victoria

The wild weather has played a massive part in this Port Phillip Bay snapper season, with many cancellations, in saying that Reel Time Fishing Charters has pushed through, the wild weather takes its toll on both skipper and dekkie's using every ounce of energy to stand up day after day.

Matt Cini Tuition Charters Snapper Melbourne

Snapper Tuition Charters with Matt Cini Port Phillip Bay

October was the month of Tuition Charters with a new and improved version, it was fun passing on such valuable information, if your keen to conduct a Port Phillip Bay Tuition Charter with Matt Cini this November and December we can still do them but only FULL BOAT Bookings, these can be arranged over the phone or email ONLY, with a minimum cost of $200pp for up to 10 Passengers with a minimum of 5.

Don’t forget Christmas is not too far away and if you’re thinking of doing your Christmas Break Up On-Board Reel Time Fishing Charter's, we can cater for up to 20 Passengers over our 2 lovely vessels. Late December's time slots don't last long. So jump online to book your end of year Company Fishing Charter. Simply put your business name in Pay in Full to receive your Invoice instantly.

Port Phillip bay Snapper Fishing Charters

Port Phillip bay Snapper Fishing Charters

Port Phillip bay Snapper Fishing Charters

Port Phillip bay Snapper Fishing Charters

Port Phillip bay Snapper Fishing Charters

For more of October's Happy Snaps CLICK HERE

From our very first charter on October 1st to about the 15th  it was shaping up to be one of the best starts recorded in Reel Time Fishing's 14 years in Business. Then Melbourne or Mother Nature decided to throw a spanner in the works, with a very unexpected COLD SNAP......

This has been a normal occurrence when checking the weather.

 

Wild cold Westerly winds, Snow, Rain and Hail knocking out almost every weekend and most of the Melbourne Cup Weekend, this has been such an impact on the fishing industry, Tackle Shops, Fishing Charters, anything to do with outdoors, it was even hard to get my Concrete done at home.

With this said it is very little you can do when mother nature throws these things at you. Remember it's always safety first, with water temperature staying at an all-time low of 14.4 degrees stalling the snapper to come into Port Phillip Bay to feed and do their thing. To put it into perspective for you all, in 2014 the water Temp for Port Phillip Bay was 15 on the 20th of October.

2014 Temp for Port Phillip Bay was 15 on the 20th of October.

2015 Water Temp in Port Phillip Bay was 15 on the 30th of October.

In 2016, the water temperature for Port Phillip Bay was 15. Well, it's November and it’s still not 15! However, this will happen eventually making the season stretch out into January and February with Mid November and all of December booming. It’s been 22 years since I have seen a cold snap of this sort in Port Phillip Bay and there's only one way to deal with it - that’s adapt. By this, I mean thinking outside the box. Perhaps fishing up North in very shallow water may be the answer this will all come to our attention as soon as the weather settles and fisherman starts seeing results.

With all that said it has finally reached 15 degrees in Port Phillip Bay as of November 6th, 2016 and with that came our first bag out sessions in the last 2 weeks. This has put smiles on everyone's faces including myself and the very keen patron's that come along to join Matt Cini and his team doing what they love most that are Snapper Fishing in Melbourne.

Port Phillip bay Snapper Fishing Charters

Port Phillip bay Snapper Fishing Charters

Warm afternoon's especially in November, bring very good strong bite's into the darkness of the night especially in water as shallow as 4m.

 

Recipe of the Month is 

Panang Port Phillip Bay Snapper Curry w steamed rice

Curry Snapper Port Phillip bay Snapper Fishing Charters

Panang Curry Paste.

5 X dried red banana chilies, deseeded & soaked in warm water for 5 minutes, then drain

5 X long California red chilies

½ cup galangal peeled & chopped roughly

5 X lemongrass stalks ( purple only) chopped

Skin of ½ Kaffir lime OR  normal lime

4 X LRG coriander roots – skin  scraped off

10 cloves garlic

6 X LRG shallots peeled & chopped

½ tsp black pepper

3 tsp shrimp paste

1 tsp salt

2 cm piece turmeric

2 tsp Roasted & blitzed coriander & cumin seed

1). In cocktail maker or Thermomix, add chili, salt, galangal, lemongrass, lime skin & coriander root. Puree then add rest of ingredients.

2). Puree all ingredients, scraping down sides as you go until a smooth paste is formed.

3). Vac Pac paste. It will last for a week in the fridge.

Port Phillip bay Snapper Fishing Charters Curry Fish

 

Panang Snapper Curry w steamed rice.

Ingredients:

       150 grams curry paste

       1 X tbsp. vegetable oil

       1 X can coconut cream (Ayam brand is best)

       8 X Kaffir lime leaves

       2 TBSP fish sauce

       2 TBSP Palm sugar

       400 grams snapper meat cut 2 cm square

       1 cup of 1 cm diced eggplant

       1 X diced red capsicum

       Any vegetables of your choice, diced

1/2 cup picked fresh Thai basil leaves

1/2 cup bean shoots

1/2 cup picked fresh coriander leaves

 1/3 cup fried shallots

Finely sliced red chili (hot or mild)

Method:

1). Heat oil on low heat in a lrg pan. Add paste & just bring to a low simmer.

2). Add coconut cream & mix well.

3).Add eggplant & capsicum, mix well & cook for 2 minutes.

4). Add fish & any other vegetables & cook for 3 minutes, stirring twice.

5). When fish is cooked, turn off heat & add lime leaves, stir them in gently.

6). Toss bean shoots, Thai basil & coriander together.

7). Spoon curry into waiting bowls, garnish with bean shoot & herb salad along with rice & fried shallots on side!!         Enjoy!!

*This curry is great for seafood, duck, chicken!

Panang Curry Paste.

5 X dried red banana chillies, de seeded & soaked in warm water for 5 minutes, then drain

5 X long California red chillies

½ cup galangal peeled & chopped rough

5 X lemongrass stalks ( purple only) chopped

Skin of ½ Kaffir lime OR  normal lime

4 X LRG coriander roots – skin  scraped off

10 cloves garlic

6 X LRG shallots peeled & chopped

½ tsp black pepper

3 tsp shrimp paste

1 tsp salt

2 cm piece turmeric

2 tsp Roasted & blitzed coriander & cumin seed

1). In cocktail maker or Thermomix, add chili, salt, galangal, lemongrass, lime skin & coriander root. Puree then add rest of ingredients.

2). Puree all ingredients, scraping down sides as you go until a smooth paste is formed.

3). Vac Pac paste. It will last for a week in the fridge.

 

Well, that's it from the Reel Time Fishing Team have a lovely November and may the fish gods be with you all.

Matt, Racheal, Don Mako Marco, Mitch, and Luke.