Welcome to the Werribee Rockwall Wyndham Harbour Fishing Guide. It’s sad to report that as of October 2020 the local council has closed access to this awesome land base fishing location. I have spoken directly with the local council who has given multiple reasons as to why this location has been closed. Including a legal dispute over someone injuring themselves on the rocks, reports of resident complaints due to litter left in the area from those fishing on the rocks and commercial works in the area on the reef, weed and docks. The correct story is irrelevant as there is now a wire fence preventing access onto the Rockwall. It’s a really sad situation as the fishing has come into its own in this location in 2020. We were seeing regular catches of snapper and mulloway taken from the rocks on both bait and soft plastics.

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Wyndham Harbor Closed

Location guide prior October 2020 closure

The Werribee Rockwall in Wyndham Harbour forms part of the new Wyndham Harbor establishment this long man-made rock wall was only established a few years ago. It does, however, provide a great fishing opportunity for local land-based anglers. It allows you to reach decent water depth fishing through the dredged shipping channel and target a good range of species. Their area at times can be very weedy so you will need to take some time when arriving to work out the best side to fish. This is often determined by wind and swell direction. I have seen a lot of good size flathead caught from this area both on bait and soft plastics. the key though is casting far enough into an area without weed.

Things to do at Wyndham Harbour Werribee

The rock wall isn’t the ideal location for the family. You would be better of sticking to Werribee beach which has a playground and shallow water that the kids can play in. Nearby attractions include Near the Werribee River, the Werribee Open Safari Zoo, The historic Werribee mansions and state rose garden which is brilliant towards the end of spring. There is also the national equestrian centre and golf course. The river then flows into Port Phillip Bay which is great for boating and fishing.

Fishing at Wyndham Harbour Rockwall

At Wyndham harbour Rockwall you can catch snapper, mulloway, snook, flathead, gummy shark, trevally, 7 gill shark, whiting, squid and salmon. There are lots of present pest species such as eagle rays, stingrays, banjo sharks, pufferfish. Good baits include small strips of pilchard, chicken, squid for pinkies and flathead. A full silver whiting or pilchard if you’re targeting a big snapper, shark or ray. A range of soft plastics will work well here for flathead and pinkies.

We recommend a couple of different setups. When bait fishing you will need a medium-strength rod. Ideally, something 7-9 foot in length that allows you to cast a far distance out is preferable. A 3-5 or 5-8 kilo rod capacity rod is suitable. With a 400- size reel spooled with 10 pound line. A similar setup for targeting snapper by boat. I also like taking lighter setups with a paternoster rig for flathead and pinkies which are the most frequent catches. If your planning to stick it out and target something bi then walk towards the end of the rock wall and cast as far out as far as you can with a full pilchard to target sharks and snapper.

This is also a good spot to flick soft plastics. You will need to use a heavy jig head to cast out further. Soft plastics slowly retrieved or hopped will allow you to catch snapper, mulloway, flathead and pinkies. Worm, grubz and minnow imitation soft plastics are great choices. Z-man grubZ, squidgee wrigglers, Savage Gear pro grubs, Z-man slim swimZ, Savage Gear slim minnows are all good choices.

Night fishing at this spot is a great choice if your targeting sharks, eels and snapper. I also like fishing first and last light.

Baits Wyndham Harbour Rockwall

  • pilchard
  • pipis
  • blue bait
  • silver whiting
  • salmon
  • raw chicken strips
  • prawns
  • squid

Lures and soft plastics for Wyndham Harbour

Check out our full-length video on the best soft plastics and lures for Port Phillip Bay

Targeting Snapper at Wyndham Harbour

Snapper

We encourage you to read our detailed guide on how to catch snapper. Snapper season locally starts around October and finishes after March. The big reds migrate inshore during this time of year because water temperatures have increased providing ideal spawning conditions. With dawn and dusk are generally considered the best times to be on the water. The most common snapper rods are 7 foot 6 inches in length with a weight class of 4-7 kilos paired with a 4000 or 5000 size reel spooled with 15-30 pound braid or mono and 40 pound leader. You can choose to fish lighter or heavier. Recommended bait options include pilchards either full or half, silver whiting, squid, garfish, mackerel and mullet.

The best soft plastics are large jerk shads, whip baits, curl tails or paddle tails. Most between 4 and 7 inches in size generally coupled with a ½ or ¼ ounce jig head. Some good options include Savage Gear Fat Curl Tails, Daiwa Bait Junkie Jerk shads & Berkley 7 inch turtleback worm, Zman curl tails.

Targeting Mullowat at Wyndham harbour

Mulloway

Mulloway AKA Jewfish are a prized catch that sits on the top of many Victorian anglers bucket list. A stunning fish with a large mouth and distinctive silver or bronze colour. Patience and dedication are required to catch the elusive Mulloway which can reach up to 1.8 meters and 60 kilos. The minimum legal size is 60cm with a daily bag limit of 5 over legal size.

Live baits are a top choice when targeting mulloways such as mullet, salmon, and whiting. Pinning them behind the neck to allow the bait to swim freely. Other staple dead baits can include pilchard, trevally, garfish, prawns, chicken & squid. A running sinker rig to a single 5/0 – 8/0 hook or a double snelled hook to present the bait nicely. Soft plastics between 80mm and 100mm are also a great option. Good options include flick baits, shads, paddle tails and grubz. You can also purchase pre-made rigs and swimbaits which are designed to imitate a fish in its surrounding such as a mullet.

Choosing a Mulloway outfit Recommended gear to target Mulloway 6-10, 10-15 or 12-24 kilo rod paired with a 4000-8000 spin reel spooled with 20-50 pound line and equivalent leader.

Mulloway resides near river mouth entrances. They are often caught near structure such as bridges and pylons. Try to present your baits and lures as natural as possible or use live baits. Mulloway can be caught at any time of the day, but are most active at the night, during peak tides and moon phases. We have found that lures are quite productive during the day and bait more productive at night.

Targeting Snook at Wyndham Harbour

Snook

These toothy critters are fun to catch on light spinning gear. You will find them in shallow weedy waters often a bycatch for those targeting snapper, whiting and flathead. You can catch snook with staple baits such as pilchard, prawn, and squid. However, Snook loves natural-looking soft plastics retrieved at medium pace including minnows, paddle tails, and grubs. Add scent to the soft plastics really seems to help. Snook also respond well to shallow and mid diving hard body lures in shiny colours retrieved at a medium pace. Metal slugs and blades trolled slowly also work very well.

Do handle snook with care as they have razor-sharp teeth. Despite their sharp teeth it’s still best to target them with light gear that you would generally use for pinkies and flathead. We recommend a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo spin rod paired with a 2500 size reel, spooled with 8-12 pound line and leader. Check out this video of a crazy snook session when kayak fishing.

Targeting Gummy Shark at Wyndham harbour

Gummy Shark

We would recommend targeting gummy shark with a 7 foot 8-15 kilo rod paired with a 4000 to 6000 size reel spooled with 20 to 40 pound line. Finished with a strong leader ranging from 40lb through to 60 pounds. Ideal rigs include a running sinker rig to single or double snelled rig or paternoster rig. You can use an Ezi rig attaching a sinker to the clip then tying on a pre-made double snelled rig. Octopus or circle hooks from 5/0 to 7/0 are preferred for presenting chunks of salmon, trevally, squid, mackerel, Eel, mullet, pilchard, yakka’s, & garfish.

Targeting Flathead at Wyndham harbour

Flathead

We encourage you to read our detailed guide on How to catch Flathead. Flathead is a year-round prospect which can be caught at any time of the day. They are an ambush predator that waits in disguise for smaller fish to swim buy for an easy feed. This highlights the importance of keeping your baits and soft plastics towards the bottom. If fishing from a boat or kayak we would recommend drifting around the sandy flats until you find a good patch of them. Also, keep an eye for depth drop-offs which is a great location for an ambush predator to be waiting.

We recommend targeting flathead with a 7 foot 2–4 or 3-5 kilo fishing rod paired with a 2500 or 3000 size reel spooled with 8-12lb braid and equivalent leader. You can go lighter, but flathead has bristly teeth that can compromise your fishing line.

Flathead is not fussy and will happily have a go at many various soft plastics and lures. We would highly recommend reading our detailed guide on the best lures and soft plastics to catch flathead. Top choices include worm and yabby imitations, paddle tail soft plastic, curl tail soft plastics, deep diving hard body lures, vibes, swimbaits, and blades.

If your targeting flathead with bait, we recommend using a paternoster rig or running sinker rig. Using a small ball sinker to swivel, then 50cm of 8-12 leader to a size 6 long shank hook. Good baits choices include pilchards, mussels, squid, chicken, whitebait, Pipis, blue bait and prawns.

Targeting Trevally at Wyndham Harbour

Trevally

Trevally pound for pound is one of the best fighting fish. In certain parts of Australia surface popping for Giant Trevally is one of the bucket list fishing experiences that you must tick off. However, in Victoria, you will mainly be catching the much smaller silver trevally. Good bait options include blue bait, whitebait, raw chicken, pilchards, pippies, squid and mussels. Trevally will also take a range of soft plastics including worm and minnow imitations, small surface poppers, and small metal spoons.

We recommend targeting trevally with a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 2000, or 2500 reel spooled with 4-8-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader. If there are larger trevally in the area than you can go heavier moving up the scale to a 3-5 kilo class spin rod spooled with fine 8-12-pound braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader.

Targeting Salmon at Wyndham harbour

Salmon

Winter is a great time to target salmon as they’re active and schooling up in big numbers. Salmon is a powerful sports fish that punches well above their weight. When hooked they produce strong bursts of speed, powerful runs, vigorous head shakes. Do keep an eye out for gutters which are patches of deeper water which Salmon will swim through in schools. These can be identified by a darker colour of the water.

When bait fishing pick a surf rod between 12-15 foot in length which allows for long casts with heavy sinkers and to keep your lines high above the crashing surf. These will be 6-10 kilo class. We recommend a Paternoster rig with a star sinker. Giving you 2 baits at different heights. You could also attach a surf popper above. Port Phillip Bay Fishing Guide

When lure fishing first consider what weight lures your likely to be casting. We would recommend rods between 9-12 foot in length in 5-10 kilo class paired with a 3000 size reel spooled with 15-pound braid. Good lure options include Savage Gear Missile, Halco twisty, Ecogear Teibo, JM Gilles pilchard baitfish, Rapala X-Rap SXR, Lazer spoons, Zman slim swimz, trick swimz, Halco laser pro

 

acknowledgements

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KNOWN HAZARDS

There is a sign at the end of the rock wall requesting people don’t walk on the rocks. Of course everyone does, but this is a very slippery and challenging walking area so do take care. I have seen some people fall on the rocks and left with nasty injuries. This can be a very weedy area and at times almost unfishable so wind direction can play a big factor.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Only 2 fishing lines permitted, Always carry your Victorian fishing license, and always follow catch limits. Where possible we encourage catch and release.