Welcome to the Cape Woolamai Fishing Guide. Cape Woolamai is a small township located at the southeastern tip of Phillip Island. Its a popular and scenic surf beach along Western Port heading around 2 hours drive from Melbourne past San Remo. This beach is known for its scenic rock formations and picturesque challenging walking and hiking tracks. They provide interesting walks and superb views. It also has great surfing on offer which is patrolled by surf lifesavers. It’s also popular with anglers looking to flick metal lures and baits for schools of salmon throughout winter. With a couple of known deep gutters its great grounds for Salmon fishing in winter.

Things to do at Cape Woolamai

There is ample parking towards the beach entrance. Philip island is a hot spot with families with young children. There are clean beaches and tourist attractions such as the Phillip Island penguin viewings. However, Cape Woolamai is a lovely beach that can get quite windy creating a strong rip and large waves. If you plan on taking children down there then keep a close eye on them.

It does get very windy, and the surf rip can be very strong so be careful. The rock flats can also be quite slippery to walk on. It’s also an area quite common for shark sighting. Also, watch out for surfers who often stray from the pack and end up close to fishing lines.

Fishing Cape Woolamai

At Cape Woolamai you can target salmon in Winter and in the warmer months snapper, gummy shark and whiting.

Targeting salmon check out this crazy bust-up that our team stumbled upon

When arriving spend a little bit of time looking for the gutters. These are deeper pools and channels that Salmon like to swim through. These are 2 gutters in the main area to the left and right of the main staircase. There are also some rocky gutters that fish well but prone to snags. This is a great section to target. We love to flick big metal lures in this area, it’s a great way to target salmon. Have a look at this guide on surf fishing tips and lure choices. When bait fishing blue bait, whitebait and pilchards are the bait of choice in this area. We recommend a Paternoster rig with a large star sinker to allow you to cast far. The rig will generally be holding 2 full blue baits or 2 half pilchards. You can buy pre-made surf popper rigs which are a great choice and don’t forget to add a surf popper to the top of your rig which surprisingly gets plenty of bites. This spot can be quite weedy so sometimes it pays t to have the hooks a little higher in the paternoster rig.

If you plan on fishing the one spot then berleying up is a great idea. You can buy pre-made berley or make your own with pellets, pilchard and tuna oil mixed up. This can be placed into a bag or sack and left for the surf to do all the work.

It all depends if your bait fishing or throwing metal lures. At least a 10-foot rod is required to cast far and to keep the line above the crashing waves. For flicking lures a 12-foot rod, with a 4000 size reel spooled with 12-pound line and a strong leader is a great option. If bait fishing 12-15 foot rod, coupled with a 6000 size reel spooled with 20-pound line and a strong leader.

It’s best to follow the tides and the incoming High tide is always good for Salmon. Also sundown and sunrise seem to bring on the bite.


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