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Port Phillip Bay
Is the largest body of water in Victoria incorporating the busy port
of Melbourne. The industrialised regions around the foreshores and a
number of holiday resorts.
The bay is still perfect for weekend and holiday anglers in spite of
heavy boating, shipping traffic and professional fishing. Fishing here
is seasonal and is controlled to some extent by the migratory patterns
of the species spotted.
The bay has been popular for its large snapper which enter the bay on a
spawning run in August and starts a second run on December. Some other
yielded species in the bay include King George whiting, barracout,
flathead, flounder, trevally, salmon, mullet, trevally, trevalla, snook,
garfish, cod, gummy shark, yellowtail kingfish and a number of sharks
Most fishing is done around the Rip at the entrance of the bay, Corio
Bay on the west of the bay, the Bellarine Peninsula and along the resort
areas of the Mornington Peninsula on the east.
This hazardous body of water is a popular spot with game fishermen
seeking for yellowtail kingfish, sharks and the occasional southern
Big spawning snapper can be spotted here around August. The first run
of fish is only around the inshore water of St. Leonards, Indented Head
and Point George. Portarlington has good catches for flathead and
spotted whiting. St Leonards has a good fishing port for flathead and
leatherjacket. Some 'hot spots' include Prince George Light, Governor
Reef, Prince George Buoy and Prince George Bank.
During winter months, snapper can be taken here. Trevalla is adeep
water fish, which migrates into the bay in October and November and is
also catched for from the piers. Other yielded species include spotted
whiting, flathead and salmon. Geelong is a perfect spot for jetty
fishing to catch snapper, flathead, whiting and salmon.
In September and October Silver trevally enters the bay and shelters
in this area until Christmas. Below the Queenscliff lighthouse is a 'hot
spot' at this time. Top catches during summer is King George whiting.
Nearby the islands of Mud and Swan are popular locations for sand
This is known 'hot spot' for snapper during the first spawning run in
August. Flathead and whiting are also some of the catches here. Werribee
River which flows into the bay is famous for its large southern bream.
This holiday resort provides perfect rock and surf fishing in Bass
Strait, as well as boat fishing in Port Phillip Bay. Snapper, salmon,
tommy ruff, flathead, whiting and sweep are the main catches.
Dromana and Mornington
The stunning Mornington Peninsula offers an excellent holiday fishing
for bream, garfish, salmon, flathead, and snapper. Carrum Yellow-eye
mullet bay trout and bream can be captured here. Other top pier fishing
for flathead, whiting and snapper at nearby Frankston and Mordialloc.
Brighton, Sandringham and Beaumaris
The inshore receives the first snapper during August. Some popular
species include whiting, flathead and salmon.
Situated at the entrance to the bay, Point Lonsdale offers superb
rock fishing for southern bluefin tuna, yellowtail kingfish, silver
trevally, snapper and barracouta. There's also good pier fishing for
bream, leatherjacket and mulloway. The long pier is a hot spot for game
fishermen trying for sharks and rays.