Welcome to the Jan Juc Fishing Guide. Jan Juc Surf Torquay is more known as a popular surfing and bodyboarding destination. It has a vibrant township for boutique shops and surfwear. It too, however, is a popular surf fishing location within Torquay opposite the golf course. With its pictures scenery, beautiful beach and great surf, it makes for a terrific fishing location in Winter to target the big runs of Salmon.

Things to do at Jan Juc Surf Beach

Jan Juc 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 see live Jan Juc camera here. There is ample parking between the golf course and Jan Juc main beach entrance just before the round about.

When fishing on the beach be weary of dogs running around off leads. We have had our bait and even caught fish stolen by dogs.  Also, watch out for surfers who often stray from the pack and end up close to fishing lines.

Fishing Jan Juc Surf Beach

Jan Juc 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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