Fishing locations Port Phillip Bay is the largest bay in the state and a large ocean area covering southern Victoria. Almost 2,000 square kilomteres in size, this area is extremely popular recreational fishing location with boats and land based anglers. This place is buzzing between the months of October and February with local anglers looking to catch a prized snapper. Boat ramps around Altona and Frankston can be heavily congested with those wanting to et into the snapper action. There are many popular areas it covers such as Frankston, Mornington, StKilda, Port Melbourne, Altona Williamstown, Black Rock, Werribee, Corio bay, Geelong, Queenscliff and more. The majority of Port Phillip bay consists of a flat sandy bottom with the shallow areas around 8 meters in depth and the deeper sections reaching a maximum depth of 24 meters. During winter its a reliable spot to catch plenty of flathead and squid, or deeper areas for a gummy shark.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

Snapper ( pinkies ), Flathead, Salmon, Mullet, Mulloway, Bream, Gummy Sharks, Trevally, Whiting, squid, leather jacket

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Pilchards, Silver Whiting, Bonito, Chicken, Squid, Maggots, Scrub worms, Mullet

ROD SETUP

Depends on what you’re chasing. If you fishing from a boat then an unweighted full pilchard or silver whiting or lightly weighted squid with double snelled suicide hooks is a great option. I would go with a snapper setup which would generally consist of a 7 foot 5-8 kilo rod. This will allow you to target many of the bigger species. Its also good to go with a general purpose rod that allows you to cover many different types of species. In this case a 3-5 kilo rod with a 3000 reel spooled with 6 pound line would be a great option. If you’re going for smaller fish then a light rod setup is best. 2–4 kilo capacity, with a 2000-3000 reel which will be sensitive enough to feel small bites and inquiries. If your chasing bigger fish like snapper and Gummy Sharks then you’ll want a heavier setup and potentially a long casting surf rod. Something along the lines of an 8 foot 5-8 kilo rod spooled with  stronger line such as 12 pound.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

Of course this spot is amazing for its annual snapper run between October and March. I like to be fishing here in the early morning at high tide or towards sundown.  I just seem to catch more fish in those conditions. You get a big run of pinkies between January and March and a big run of Salmon between June and August.

KNOWN HAZARDS

Always be careful when out on the boat. Make sure you take all the safety precautions and show mother nature the respect it really deserves.