With more than 190 kilometres of coastline, as well as two bays and a strait the Mornington Peninsula offers a huge number of potential fishing hot spots to choose from. So how do you know where to start?
The art of fishing takes patience, quiet and, some say, a healthy amount of luck! We think that you can increase your chances of getting lucky by tapping into some quality local knowledge. To help you get the most out the local snapper season we thought the best place to start was to connect you to those in the know to get some inspiration and fishing trip tips.
Start out right
Check your fishing licence! If you are under 18 years or over 70 years you don’t need one, but everyone in between does. You can purchase fishing licenses online or at the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre - they can also help you find a bait shop or a local boat ramp.
Popular fishing spots along the shore
There’s something meditative about standing on a pier or a beach while you catch your dinner, or simply take in the view.
- Along Western Port coastline, try Flinders Pier, Stony Point Pier, Hastings Jetty
- Devilbend Reservoir is stocked with estuary perch, brown trout and rainbow trout
- Try some of our stunning surf beaches – Portsea, Rye, Gunnamatta and St Andrews ocean beaches for Australian salmon, mullet, and flathead by day and gummy sharks at night.
- Piers along Port Phillip offer picturesque fishing opportunities. Try Mornington, Dromana, Capel Sound, Rye, Sorrento and Portsea piers. Popular Snapper fishing destinations include Mornington and Hastings.
Out on the water
Paul Pingiaro from Mornington Boat Hire (on Port Phillip), and Yaringa Boat Hire (on Western Port) has a huge fleet of boats and watercraft available for hire, and their friendly staff show you all the how-to’s and where-to’s. Best of all no boat licence or experience is required and all the safety equipment is supplied! He shared some valuable advice that he gives to prospective fishing enthusiasts.
“Check the weather, there is no point planning to go boat fishing if the wind is going to blow 30 knots. Know where your landing net is, you never know when they will bite. The best chance to catch a snapper is by fishing shallow waters (6-15 meters) at night, and deeper waters during the day (18-22 meters).”
Any fishing adventure should be planned. Paul gave us 10 fishing tips to get you started:
- Fish where the fish are. Listen to fishing reports and get the hot tips from those in the know (bait and tackle shops, boating facilities)
- Never use a wire trace when snapper fishing -.40lb monofilament is fine
- Match your hook size to your bait size. Big baits need big hooks
- Have patience, and a valid fishing licence. Don’t move during peak times (dawn, dusk and the change of the tide). Stick and stay to make it pay
- The fresher the bait the better
- Check the Victorian Fishing Authorities website for fishing size/bag limits and seasons
- Fish as many lines as possible (limit 4 per person salt water or 2 in fresh water) but don’t catch more than your allowed ‘bag limit’
- Fish responsibly - return any undersized and unwanted fish to the water unharmed, take your rubbish home with you
- Keep a fishing diary so you remember what worked (and what didn’t)
- Relax and enjoy!
Let someone else take you
Not confidant enough to do it yourself? Connect with local fishing experts to plan your fishing adventure. Their local knowledge will ensure that your trip will get you hooked! Their seasonal knowledge means that they know what is likely to be the best catch of the day and give you an experience you will never forget.
On the Mornington Peninsula we are lucky enough to have some fantastic fishing on our doorstep. The most important thing is to enjoy, relax and share the experience with others. This is a recreation, but can quickly become a passion and, for many, a way of life. Time to start planning your own fishing adventure.
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