Geelong is a long stretch of land around Bellarine peninsula along Port Phillip Bay offering many land based, boating and kayaking fishing options. There are many scattered piers and jetty’s making it a great and accessible fishing location. Many spots to target including Cunningham Pier, Waterfront, St Helens boat ramp, Limeburners point just to name a few. Seasonally it fishes very well for snapper, whiting, trevally. But generally is an all year round fishing destination only 1 hour from Melbourne. There are also some rivers and estuaries within the township.
VIDEO REPORT OF DESTINATION
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Snapper ( pinkies ), Snook, Flathead, Salmon, Whiting, Snot nose Trevally, leather-jackets, Mullet, Gummy Shark, Gurnard, Eels
BEST BAITS AND LURES
If bait fishing its hard to go past staple options including Pilchards, Chicken, Squid and Silver whiting. Paternoster rig works well with sinker options to suit your desired casting distance.
However I have fished here really well with soft plastics, lures and Blades when fishing from jetties and piers. This has worked a treat for snook, flathead, pinkies, flathead, mullet and even Trevally.
I generally use an all-round rod setup which will allow me to target a different range of fish and sizes. Usually 2 – 8 kilo class rod capacity, with a 4000 size reel. I’ll generally have line around 8 pound, with a nice strong leader.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
I prefer most spots around Geelong in the early morning. High tide usually sees a big run of pinkies in summer, and low tide generally produces a healthy amount of flathead.
There are some good spots to fish with the kids. However if your fishing of a pier or jetty make sure you keep a close eye on them and make sure you keep them amused. If you’re not catching they’ll likely get bored pretty quickly so take some extra stuff to keep them occupied.
Eels, scorpion fish and Gurnards can be very common catches in these areas. Especially if night fishing. Always handle fish with care and don’t handle at all if your not sure what species it is. I have seen people catch these and curiously hold to find out what type of species of fish it is. This is very dangerous and a small prick from one of its spikes will have you in hospital with severe pain. So do be careful if you don’t know what type of species it is, then ask someone around you before handling. I have also had some mates have encounter with hammerhead sharks.