Fishing locations Venus Bay is a popular and scenic surf destination roughly 2 hours drive from Melbourne. Heading towards the South Gippsland and not to far from neighbouring areas such as Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory. This area consists of several different beaches surrounded by both the Bass straight and Andersons inlet. With clear waters, scenic views and great bushwalking options available. This makes it a popular holiday destination for families with a nice township and accommodation options. It also has great surfing and popular with anglers looking to flick metal lures and baits for schools of salmon throughout winter. Its a very shallow system with some noted gutters its great grounds for Salmon fishing in winter. It also offers inshore fishing in close by areas such as the Tarwin river.
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Salmon hotspot in Winter months. You can also catch a variety of sharks, flathead, Snapper, and Whiting.
BEST BAITS, LURES & TECHNIQUES
When arriving spend a little bit of time looking for the gutters. These are deeper pools and channels that Salmon like to swim through. These are 2 gutters in the main area to the left and right of the main stair case. There are also some rocky gutters that fish well but prone to snags. 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. This spot can be quite weedy so sometimes it pays t have the hooks a little higher in the paternoster rig.
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
This is a very shallow system and flicking metal lures and casting baits can be very challenging at peak of low tides. That’s why we would recommend fishing this are between incoming high tide and peak of high tide, this is when Salmon are more likely to enter the gutters. 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.
There ample open clean beaches, surfing, bush walking and good local accomodation. Its also close to areas that are very popular holiday destinations such as Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory. However Venus Bay is a lovely beach that can get quite windy creating a strong rip and large waves. If you plan on taking children down there then keep a close eye on them.
It can get quite windy, and the surf rip can be very strong so be careful. . Also watch out for surfers who often stray from the pack and end up close to fishing lines.
Ample parking towards the beach entrance
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