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Victoria’s beaches are some of the finest in the world. For the most part, they are composed of small grain sand. This makes them very soft to walk on – and even sit.
From the bays of Port Phillip to the ocean beaches they offer a wide range of fishing opportunities.
Fishing Sandringham has proven to be very successful for me. Sandringham is a bayside suburb located on Melbourne’s beautiful Port Phillip Bay. In the right conditions, the fishing has been good if not excellent at times. It’s easy to overlook as it’s not visible from the road. Home of the Sandringham Yacht club. It sports [...]
During the summer months, Mordialloc beach gets pretty crowded. From swimmers, sunbakers to the local beach volleyball clubs. Mordialloc Beach runs adjacent (to the west) of Mordialloc Pier. That means there’s not a lot of room for fishing there during the day. Especially during sunny weather. However, in the cooler months, or on days where people [...]
The Portarlington Caravan Park beach is just in front of the park. I recommend at and after dusk and then before and just after dawn can be great for flathead. Rig either a paternosterPaternoster Rig or running sinkerRunning Sinker . Use a beach rod – 10 or more – to get out of the shallows. [...]
The Werribee South Beach extends from the river mouth north to the rock wall at Wyndham Harbour. The beaches to the south are off-limits due to Melbourne Water boards usage. From the beach, on the northern side, it’s possible to cast out for flathead and whiting. Look for deeper holes between sandbars. Google Maps or [...]
Species such as flathead, garfish, squid (calamari), whiting, mullet and bream can all be caught from bayside and ocean beaches.
Additional species such as Australian Salmon, Tailor, Silver Trevally and even gummy sharks can be targeted on surf beaches right along the coastline.
Experimentation is key. Suffice to say people successfully use a wide range of baits and lures.
Bait includes whitebait and pilchards, pipis, squid, chicken, sandworms and pretty much any traditional fresh or frozen baits available at tackle stores for saltwater fishing.
With lures, again, there’s a huge variety, from traditional spinners, diving and surface lures. To the new generation soft plastics.
They all work. Vary according to the species you are targetting and be prepared to change baits as fish preferences change with the season, availability of local foods (fishing with the “hatch”) and the species themselves.
Victorian beaches vary considerably. For example, in Port Phillip, an 8 to a 10-foot rod is often sufficient, with just enough weight to cast out into deeper water and hold the bait down.
Western Port Bay often requires heavier gear, depending on location, in order to get out of the shallows and into the deeper channels.
Heavier sinkers due to Western Port’s very strong tidal flows are required. So a 10 to 12-foot rod is often a good choice.
While some people use smaller spinning rods on surf beaches most people choose a surf rod with a length of 12-foot or longer.
This allows for the use of heavier line and sinkers while increasing casting distance. The goal is to try and get your bait or lure out into the holes and channels, beyond the close inshore breakers.