Welcome to the Gunnamatta Beach Fishing Guide. Gunnamatta Surf Beach is a popular surf beach within the Mornington Peninsula. Its located near Fingal heading towards Cape Schanck and Flinders roughly a 90-minute drive from Melbourne. This sandy beach is popular with visitors and surfers due to its quality waves, strong rip and inshore reefs. It’s also very popular with anglers looking to flick metal lures and baits for schools of salmon throughout winter.
Things to do at Gunnamatta Surf Beach
Gunnamatta surf beach is a great location for surfing and fishing. It’s a nice spot to bring the kids to play in the sand and in the shallows but be warned there are large waves and a strong rip so you must keep a close eye on them. You can follow Gunnamatta weather and wave forecasts here. There is ample parking is available at the beach entrance.
Fishing Gunnamatta Beach
Gunnamatta Surf Beach offers great salmon fishing in winter and in the warmer months snapper, gummy shark and whiting. When arriving spend a little bit of time looking for the gutters, these are breaks in the waves and colour changes you can see from a distance. Indicating a change in water depth and these deeper pools or channels is salmon like to swim through. Gummy sharks like them as well. You can catch salmon with bait and lures our favourite form of targeting them is flick long casting metal lures. Read our detailed guide on surf fishing around Victoria for Salmon. Using a rod between 9-11 foot in length and 5-10 kilo class is an ideal choice when flicking metal lures between 30 and 60 grams. I usually have a 3000 or 4000 size reel spooled with 10-15 pound braid which works great. There are plenty of good options in this range covering many different budgets so give some thought to your desired lure weight and they will put you in the right place.
Targeting salmon check out this crazy bust-up that our team stumbled upon
When bait fishing blue bait 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. A good surf bait rod is generally between 10 foot and 15 foot in length. Using a fishing rod of this length allows you to keep your lines high above the crashing surf. It also allows you to cast longer distances with heavier sinkers.
Rod and reel selection 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.
When bait fishing for salmon we believe the best setup is a Paternoster rig with a star sinker. As shown in the image below. This gives you 2 separate baits at different heights. You could also attach a surf popper if you wanted to further increase your chances.
Another great variation is to present 1 full bait with double snelled hooks. This rig is perfect when your target multiple species such as salmon, mulloway and gummy sharks
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’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. Do keep an eye out for surfers who often stray from the pack and end up close to fishing lines.
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