Fishing locations 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. Its also very popular with anglers looking to flick metal lures and baits for schools of salmon throughout winter.


Salmon 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 deeper pools and channels that Salmon like to swim through. We love to flick big metal lures in this area, its a great way to target salmon. Have a look at this guide on surf fishing tips and lure choices. 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.

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.


Its 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.


Gunnamatta Surf Beach is a great location for the kids to play on the sand and in the shallows but be warned you can get large waves and a strong rip so you must keep a close eye on them.


Also watch out for surfers who often stray from the pack and end up close to fishing lines.


Ample parking is available at the beach entrance


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