Welcome to The Rip Fishing Guide. The Rip is also known to some as The Heads” is a treacherous stretch of water connecting Port Phillip and The Bass Strait. The only entrance in and out of Port Phillip Bay. What makes the rip quite dangerous are large waves with a high swell and strong tidal flow. The entrance between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean is roughly 3.5 km wide but the reefs on the sides reduce this width to about 1 km. 800m outside the Heads is a shallow rocky flat known as the Rip Bank. The water quickly goes to depths of 30 meters beyond this point and again to 90 meters not long after.

This system is quite dangerous and has claimed lives and damaged boats Only very experienced operators should consider fishing and boating in these areas. If you are new or inexperienced then lookup a fishing charter that can take you out. There are also large shipping vessels that come in and out of this section so do ensure you stay clear of any shipping lanes.


As shown in the map above the Rip is separated by 3 key points Point Lonsdale, Shortlands Bluff, and Point Nepean.

Things to do The Rip

There are many beautiful surrounding townships on either side. That would include on the Bellarine Peninsula Queenscliff, Clifton Springs, Ocean Grove and on the Mornington peninsula side Sorrento, Rye and Rosebud. All of these are very popular destinations for holidays around Victoria. Clean beaches, scenic walks, parks, cafes, restaurants and mush more. These surrounding areas are popular for swimming, snorkelling , kayaking and fishing.

Fishing The Rip

The main target species at the rip is the yellowtail Kingfish. Good ways to target them is to catch live squid and use them as bait or targeting Kingies with lures is a really fun method, it also saves you the hassle of needing to catch live bait and keep it alive. What has become very popular is casting heavy jibs between 80 to 120grams has become a very popular choice. Casting out with a quick retrieve is a great strategy, or jigging up and down on top of the school.

For soft plastics, large flick baits and large paddle tails are a great choice. Generally coupled with 1/2 ounce jig heads. I generally cast this outlet the soft plastic sinker then do a number of aggressive up and down lift to imitate a wounded bait fish going crazy. This usually gets a passing by kingies attention. I like natural baitfish colours here such as whites greens and blues. ( match the hatch )

Kingfish love swimming and patrolling along with structure such as rock walls, so it pays to keep your lure or jig close to the structure.

Known hazards at The Rip

This is a very dangerous stretch of water that should only be taken on by very experienced boaters in the right conditions. High swell, strong tidal flow, narrow rocky entrances make this a location that demands a level of respect. 

Additions and corrections of this location

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