Fishing locations The Warmies AKA hotties located beyond the west gate bridge behind Science-works in Spotswood. It’s a well known fishing destination a part of the Yarra river that feeds of the mouth entrance Port Phillip bay. It gets its iconic name from the local power station that run annually heating up the temperature of the surrounding water area attracting many good size fish like tailor. During these times its not uncommon to see rows of anglers standing against each other keen to get into the action. When the power station is running look at you can catch fish after fish effortlessly. We had one occasion catching at least 50 tailor and salmon within a short fishing session. It’s challenging fishing destination with lots of snags but offers a large range of species that can be caught with multiple techniques. Sometimes delivers prized size mulloway and snapper.
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FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
tailor, snapper ( pinkies ), flathead, Australian salmon, mullet, mulloway, bream, gummy Sharks, trevally, whiting
BEST BAITS AND LURES
If fishing with bait then Pilchards, Chicken, Squid, Maggots, Scrub worms, Mullet are great options. A paternoster rig works well with sinker options to suit your desired casting distance. Small slug style metal lures will also work well on salmon and tailor in the right conditions. Soft plastics also work really well for flathead, pinkies, salmon and other species. This would include grub and minnow imitation soft plastics such as Z-man grubZ, squidgee wrigglers and Savage Gear pro grubs, Z-man slim swimZ, Savage Gear slim minnows.
Its a little bit of a mixed bag here. One day youll get bream the next day maybe a big snapper or Mulloway so it really depends on what you’re fish species your targeting. If you’re going for smaller fish then a light rod setup is best. 2 – 4 kilo capacity, with a 2000-3000 reel. It needs to be sensitive to feel the bites and inquiries. If your chasing bigger fish like snapper and Gummy Sharks then you’ll want a long casting surf rod. You will likely want to spool your rod with stronger line such as 12 pound.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
I prefer this spot in the early morning at high tide. 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. If your brave enough to fish through the night then your a good chance to catch a mulloway.
This is an OK locations for kids. Plenty of grassland to run around on, just need to be careful near the rocks.
The biggest hazards you will face in this area will be snags. You can go There can also be plague proportion of star fish. I have also caught blue ring octopus, and scorpion fish of the jetty both which are very venomous. Also at certain times of the year its common to see plague proportions of jelly fish and large rats. There is always a debate about eating fish from this area and that will be personal preference. Keep in mind there was some nasty chemical spills into this area in mid 2018 after a factory in Footscray with asbestos caught fire.