Welcome to the Port Welshpool fishing guide. Port Welshpool is a small fishing town located in the South Gippsland region roughly 200 kilometres from Melbourne. It’s a terrific fishing destination with so many species of fish available. On December 21st 2018 the famous long pier was reopened after a 4.8 million dollar restoration. This is Victoria’s longest jetty spanning over 900 meters. This provides land-based anglers with opportunities to catch kingfish, snapper, squid, whiting and much more. The fishing only gets even better for those with a boat. Small runabout boats will be able to target break and butter species such as whiting, flathead and squid with ease. Fishing from a runabout boat will be comfortable as its quite shallow and protected from the wind. Those with slightly bigger boats will be able to target big sharks, kingfish, snapper, squid, and more.
Things to do at Port Welshpool
Port Welshpool is roughly 2 1/2 hours drive from Melbourne or 220 kilometres. Its located near popular areas including Wilsons Promontory and Venus Bay. No doubt the main attraction and hero here is the long jetty. It was built in the 1930s, extended in the 1980s, closed in 2003 to from fire. Then officially reopened in December 2018 after a massive renovation carried out by SMC marine. This state of the art pier is 900 meters long and has been carefully constructed with a timber structure and concrete deck finish. There are lovely touches such as lighting, disability access, side rails, fish cleaning tables and rod holders built in for local anglers. It’s a great spot for photos, walking and fishing. The pier was once used for shipping and industrial vessel access but is now solely used by pedestrians.
Nearby you can explore the waters and marine life by jumping on a cruise. There is also the Port Welshpool maritime museum. A short distance away you have local attractions including Strzelecki Ranges with the amazing Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve. You also have the great southern rail trail. You can also go camping or hiking around Wilsons Prom. There are many local accommodation offerings to allow you to stay awhile and enjoy many of the surrounding scenic townships.
Fishing Port Welshpool
At Port Welshpool, you can target many different species of fish including sharks, kingfish, snapper, whiting, squid, flathead, salmon, trevally. Good bait options here include pilchards, silver whiting, squid, salmon, scad, bonito, raw chicken, mullet, pippis & prawn.
There are literally so many options and it really depends on the species of fish that you’re targeting. For bread and butter species such as flathead and whiting a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod that’s between 6 foot 6 and 7 foot in length coupled with 2000, 2500 or 3000 size reel spooled with 6-10 pound line and equivalent leader. This is also a prime location to target squid. Looks for signs of weed or squid ink on the pier as give away spots to target. To target squid ideally, you would use a longer outfoot and slighter heavier line and leader. Click here to read our detailed guide on how to catch squid at Port Welshpool.
When targeting snapper a rod between 7 and 8 foot in 4-7 kilo class is perfect. Coupled with a 4000 size reel spooled with 12-18 pound monofilament and single or double snelled size 5 or 6 hooks. This would also be a suitable outfit for targeting small kingfish and gummy sharks. However, if your chasing bigger model kingfish and gummy sharks then we would recommend a heavier outfit. Perhaps a 7 foot 10-15 kilo rod spooled with 20-40 line and equivalent leader. There are also big sharks in this area and that again would require something substantially heavier.
Port Welshpool is a year-round fishing destination. Many of the fish species are seasonal so gummy sharks will be more active in the cooler months and snapper and kingfish will be more active in the warmer months. bread and butter species such as squid and flathead can be caught all year round.
Known hazards at Port Welshpool
As with all pier fishing be careful of those around you when casting.
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