Werribee South Beach

Information
AddressWerribee South Beach
Lat/Lng-37.974495, 144.694318
Distance29.6 km from Melbourne
Current Temp16.0 °C- Stable - Station: Werribee
Barometer1006.0 hPa - Stable
WindS-SW - 38 km/h
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Werribee South Beach Overview

Werribee South Beach FishingThe Werribee South Beach extends from the Werribee River mouth north to the rock wall at Wyndham Harbour.

The beaches to the south of the river are off-limits due to Melbourne Water boards usage.

The beach area is fishable, though shallow, from the Northern bank of the Werribee River, starting just after the Werribee boat ramp and Werribee River Pier.

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 Google Earth are handy for this.

A beach rod of around 10 foot is ideal. Fishing light though, unless you need the weight because of the wind.

So keep that sinker as light as you can, without sacrificing casting distance.

Note that it can get busy in the summertime. In fact, it can get pretty busy on nice summer days towards evening.

It’s a popular spot for families, not just fisho’s.

Boat Fishing Offshore From The Beach

A lot of small boats and kayakers fish just off the shore here. Conditions can be perfect at times. Like glass. But be wary of onshore winds if you’re in a yak or small boat.

It can get choppy fast and the winds blowing from the west (onshore) can make returning to land difficult. Not to mention the river mouth’s white caps in these conditions. While it is dredged there can be minor “bar” conditions at times.

Smaller boat and kayak fisho’s target flathead and pinky snapper. With some scoring some pretty good calamari in the offshore seagrasses.

Campbells Cove is only a short distance away by boat and is a popular fishing spot for boaties and kayak fishing. Campbells Cove is located to the north of Werribee South Beach and extends to the RAAF base (check conditions for off-limit areas, especially if accessing by land.)

Kayak Launching Off The Werribee South Beach

There are a number of car parks giving access to the beach that are great for launching kayaks. Especially if you’d prefer to avoid the Werribee South Boat Ramp traffic.

Doing so will get you out into slightly deeper water, just offshore. There are some great flathead and calamari fishing to be had from your kayak here.

Werribee South Beach Fish Species

Note that where species such as snapper, squid and gummy sharks are listed they are not likely to be caught land-based from the beach.

Rather they refer to catches just offshore from the beach.  A boat or kayak is normally needed.

Fish SpeciesQuick Info
Australian-Salmon
Australian Salmon
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Black Bream
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up late August. Active during warmer months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait

Flathead
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note:
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Gummy Shark
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Larger species are caught in Port Phillip & Western Port during April to July. With the Peak Month considered too be May.
Suggested Bait: Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whiting Fillets

Mullet
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles

Pinky Snapper
Season: All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Seasonal Note: October through to March.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Pipis, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Snapper
Season: Later September to end of March.
Seasonal Note: Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Squid
Season: All Year Round.
Seasonal Note: Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. Top times can be during June to September.
Suggested Bait: Squid Jig - artificial or with a bait such as minnow, whitebait, bluebait, pilchard or prawn.

Whiting
Season: November to April
Seasonal Note: Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australia during cooler months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait
*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.


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Werribee South Beach Review Summary

While not as popular as a land-based option as the nearby Werribee South Pier and Wyndham the Werribee South Beach still produces fish, particularly bream and flathead.

As such it is worth fishing, particularly when the tide is rising or in.

Just offshore of the Werribee South Beach, drifting a small boat or tinny can produce a surprising amount of species.

These include snapper, squid and even gummy sharks.  Not forgetting, of course, some good flathead.

Pros

  • Easy Drive From Melbourne Via Princess Freeway
  • Produces Land-Based Bream and Flathead catches
  • Just offshore Boat and Kayak fishing can be excellent
  • Family friendly beach

Cons

  • No public toilets, other than those at the Boat Ramp (that are often terrible.)
  • Not consistent land-based fishing. So be prepared to try a few spots and/or the Werribee River Estuary

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David Scott Kane - Fishing Writer, Software Developer, Founder Getfished

G'day!

I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test. If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

When I'm not fishing I'm working on my websites, such as Getfished, or writing computer software (my profession.)

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