Welcome to the Campbells cove fishing guide. Campbell’s Cove is located between Werribee South and Point Cook and is well recognized for its beach huts and kayak fishing. Whilst fishing in this location you will often be greeted by overhead flying planes from the nearby RAAF base. However, this location is a great location to catch squid, snapper, and a great spot for drifting for flathead.
Things to do in Werribee Campbells Cove
Campbell’s Cove is 40 minutes or 40 kilometres from Melbourne. Its located between 2 growing townships in Melbourne’s west, Werribee South and Point Cook. The beach here is not really the best place for the kids. They can play on the sand but there isn’t much to do in the immediate area. You would be much better taking the kids a little further up to the Werribee south beach which has playgrounds, toilet facilities and better beach access and often less seaweed.
There are several local attractions including the Werribee Open Safari Zoo, The historic Werribee mansions and state rose garden which is brilliant towards the end of spring. There is also the national equestrian centre and Werribee golf course. The Werribee river is close and flows into Port Phillip Bay which is great for boating and fishing.
Fishing at Campbells Cove
At Campbell’s cove, you can catch squid, snapper, flathead, whiting, snook & gummy sharks. It also has plenty of pest species including toadfish ( puffer ), banjo sharks and rays. We like taking a few rod outfits at this location. A light spin rod to target pinkies and flathead with soft plastics, a medium spin outfit to target squid and a general-purpose heavier bait rod to target snapper and gummy sharks. If you just starting then take a general-purpose fishing rod around 3-5 kilos allowing you to target multiple species and quickly change rigs and baits.
If you plan on fishing with bait then good options include pilchard, mussels, pippis and fresh squid. We do however prefer fishing this location with soft plastics. 3 inch and 4-inch soft plastics particularly minnow style, grub style and curl tails will work a treat. Just bouncing them off the bottom and pausing then continually repeating the process. This is a great way to catch many goods size flathead and pinkie snapper in this area.
This is a great destination to target squid. Boats and kayaks will drift around weedy areas and have much success. Take some time to look for weed beds that are visible these are prime areas to target. The choice of squid jigs is almost endless here but pick something that will take advantage of the depth and water clarity. If fishing by land an 8-9 foot Medium-light rod is ideal to provide extra casting distance and a 6-7 foot rod is ideal when on a boat or kayak. Why not read our detailed guide on How to catch squid at Campbells Cove.
You can catch fish here any time of the day however dawn and dusk can be more active especially for squid and snapper. Here is a video of us catching pinkies during an incoming thunderstorm at Campbells Cove.
Kayak fishing at Campbells cove
Campbell’s Cove is a great spot to launch a kayak. Its located towards Werribee and Wyndham Harbour at the end of Campbells cove road. This is a long narrow unsealed dirt road that drives directly past the huts along the beach. At the end is a small unsealed carpark which can handle about 30 cars. Parking is free and there is plenty of room to park your trailer. This car park does have some strange things happening in the early morning so do take care if you are on your own and make sure your car and trailer are locked. Access to the water is very easy through a timber pathway that leads yo directly to the beach. At the end of the timber pathway is a small drop which can be quite awkward to lower and raise your kayak on especially when you are on your own.
Launching at low tide can be quite tricky and you will need to drag your kayak out a fairway. During the rising tide, the entrance can be full of seaweed which is a little unpleasant on bare feet. However, the fishing here is very good. Flathead, pinkie, snapper, snook, gummy sharks and squid are common catches without needing to venture too far out.
Boat and Kayak access at Campbells cove
As mentioned above this is a terrific location to launch a kayak. With parking and fish accessible only a hundred meters out from shore. If you have a boat then you will need to head further down and launch from the Werribee south boat ramp. The main boat ramp facility on Diggers road. Launching is now free. The boat ramp has multiple launching lanes, toilet facilities and fish cleaning tables. There are 6 launching lanes with dredging access out into port Phillip bay or the Werribee river. There are roughly 90 parking locations for both cars and trailers. The boat ramp is reasonably maintained but at times can have lots of weed making access a little slippery.
Known hazards at Campbell’s cove.
This spot is choc-full of pest fish so to take care when handling them. This will include Toadfish ( puffer ), Rays and banjos which are quite common in this area. I once fished here in waders in 1-meter deep water and stood on a stingray. I was very lucky not to be stung so do take care.
Also, note that Campbells Cove for many years was a clothing optional nudist beach. In 2014 the beach was literally stripped of its clothing-optional status as the volume of residents had grown substantially and new townships such as Wyndham harbour were being built very close to the old nudist stomping grounds. That being said I have witnessed many strange activities here in the car park during early morning kayak launches and would advise not going there on your own during the early hours.
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