Werribee, Point Cook and Altona has a very large stretch of coast along Port Phillip Bay. Full of boat ramps, jetties, rock walls and Piers. It’s become a very popular fishing destination particularly when the annual snapper season is in full flight. Boat ramps in Altona and Werribee are often packed for keen anglers to launch and get into the fishing action. There is a vast array of fishing on offer outside of snapper. All year round it offers good fishing for flathead, squid, pinkies and whiting. There are good options for land based anglers, boaters and kayak fishing has become very popular in this area launching from areas such as Campbells cove.
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FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Snapper, Flathead, Gummy Shark, Squid, Whiting, Mullet, Bream, Squid
BEST BAITS AND LURES
When bait fishing Pilchards, Squid, whiting fillet and Chicken breast are great options. A simple running sinker rig or paternoster rig works well in this location for many species. Using burley does help keep the fish around. If you’re targeting large snapper and gummy sharks then a full unweighted pilchard with a size 5 Mustad hook is a great way to go. When targeting snapper pre made rigs such as reedy rigs snapper and flasher rigs work really well, or you can have double snelled size 5 or 6 Mustad hooks with a full silver whiting, pilchard or squid.
An all-round setup might be a good way to go as you can cover a large amount of species and sizes. I have seen big snapper caught in 3 meters of water. If you’re targeting big snapper then fish larger, with stronger line and rod setup.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
Sunrise and sundown are terrific times to be out on the boat and ready to catch. However you will catch flathead, squid and pinkies at any time of the day. Having a burley trail will help your chances.
This is great spots for kids. So many land based beach fishing locations which allows the kids to play on the beach and catch some fish. If you with kids then fish very light and target Mullet and Pinkies which will keep them entertained.
This area is full of Banjo sharks and Star fish. Best bet is to check your baits regularly and be prepared to go through a number of chewed up rigs. I generally have a handful of rigs ready to go for this sole purpose.