Fishing locations Jan Juc Surf Torquay is more known as a popular surfing and body boarding destination. It has a vibrant township for boutique shops and surf wear. 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.
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Salmon in Winter and in the warmer months Snapper, Gummy Shark and Whiting.
BEST BAITS AND LURES
When arriving spend a little bit of time looking for the gutters. These are deeper pools and channels that Salmon like to swim through. This is a great section to target. 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, white 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.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
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.
Jan Jac 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.
The biggest pest in this are is all the dogs running around off leads. I have only fished here a couple of times but on those occasions I’ve had my bait and even caught fish stolen by dogs. The owners who don’t seem to care when a dog goes through your bag and belongings. Its very lucky that dogs who have gone through my bags haven’t accidentally hooked themselves which would somehow be your fault. Also watch out for surfers who often stray from the pack and end up close to fishing lines.
There is ample parking between the golf course and Jan Juc main beach entrance just before the round about.