Fishing locations Warrnambool offers a vast array of options out into the bay along the break wall or venture down to the Hopkins river. Warrnambool has become a popular location to visit. located all the way down the great ocean road between Port fairy and Port Campbell it offers whale watching, clean beaches, swimming, good accommodation, scenic views and vibrant town with cafes and restaurants.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

In the bay you will find Kingfish. Whiting, Snapper, Pike, Barracouta, Trevally, Shark, Salmon. In Hopkins river you will find bream, estuary perch, trevally, mullet.

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Pilchards, Silver Whiting, Bonito, Chicken, Squid, Maggots, Scrub worms, Mullet. For the river target the structure and jetties that’s were your likely to find the Bream hiding. If you plan to fish with bait then Shrimp, yabbies, scrub worms, prawns, sand worms, Maggots, Scrub worms, Pilchards, Mussels, Yabbies, & Chicken. Click here to see our full guide for bait fishing for Bream. The choice of bream lures is almost endless. Some of the best options include imitation Crabs ( such as Cranka Crab ), grub style soft plastics ( such as Z-man grubZ, squidgee wrigglers and Savage Gear pro grubs ), minnow style soft plastics ( such as Z-man slim swimZ, Savage Gear slim minnows), shallow diving hard body lures ( such as EcoGear SX Range, Daiwa Double clutch, Nories laydown minnow, Jackall Chubby, Atomic Hardz, OSP Bent Minnows, Savage fathead cranks, range of shads ), Blades and Vibes ( such as Strike Pro Hummer, Ecogear ZX, Berkley Big Eye blades & 3B crank, Hurricane Vibe, Savage gear blades ).

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

I prefer this spot in the early morning at high tide 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.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Its a great place to take the family for a few day stay. In winter there is whale watching. But overall there is clean beaches, swimming, good accommodation, scenic views and vibrant town with cafes and restaurants.

KNOWN HAZARDS

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