What is the best bait for Port Phillip Bay?

Fresh bait is always first choice and fresh squid, whiting, barracouta, garfish and salmon are favourites. If you want to target big snapper then use the fish heads. The humble pilchard still ranks as the most popular store-bought snapper bait.

How do you catch squid in Port Phillip Bay?

Southern Calamari are spread right throughout Port Phillip Bay and one of the most important factors to catching them is finding where they are first. I like to split squid grounds into two types of areas. Shallow reef structures surrouding the edges of the bay are probably the easiest to find.

Where are the fish at Port Phillip?

Fishing Hotspots in Port Phillip Bay

Location Fish
Gutters at mouth of Skeleton Creek Massive flathead of over 3 kg in summer
Water between Dumb Joe & P2 buoy Good snapper area
P2 buoy One of the best snapper fishing in the bay
Werribee South Bream, whiting, snapper

Where’s the best gar fishing in Port Phillip Bay?

Garfish are attracted to structures such as piers and are a good land-based fishing option. Piers worth trying include Brighton, St Kilda, Station Pier, Kerford Road, Mornington, Portarlington and St Leonards. Garfish can be caught from a boat in most areas of Port Phillip Bay.

What fish are biting now Port Phillip Bay?

When it comes to fishing on Port Phillip Bay, the world’s your oyster. Some of Australia’s big names in seafood, including red snapper and King George whiting, lurk in these waters. There’s gummy shark, mulloway and garfish, flathead, trevally and bream, along with more squid than you can poke a jig at.

What fish are in Port Phillip Bay?

In Port Phillip bay you’re likely to come across Snapper ( pinkies ), flathead, whiting, salmon, squid, Gummy sharks, gurnard, snook, mulloway, bream, trevally, garfish, and leather jacket.

How do you attract garfish?

Garfish tend to feed on weed and tiny crustaceans drifting through the water column, hence why suspending your bait using a float works so well. Rigging for garfish couldn’t be any simpler, all you need is a pencil float, some split shot sinkers to suit and either a size 10-12 long shank hook and you’re in business.

What do garfish taste like?

It has the texture of chicken but does not taste like chicken. In fact, is closer in taste to alligator than chicken. Older gar flesh can be soaked overnight in salted water to moderate any strong flavor.

What fish can you catch in the bay?

Estuaries support saltwater fish such as tarpon, snook, redfish and striped bass. Other saltwater fish like shad, herring, salmon and sea-run trout can also be found in estuaries because they need to find saltier or fresher water when it’s time to mate.

Where is the best fishing in Port Phillip Bay?

Avalon is a regular hotspot for whitings, best fished between the channel markers inside the old channel. The most popular fish in Port Phillip include snapper, flathead, whiting, bream, gummy shark, squid and garfish. Snappers are caught in Port Phillip Bay all year round.

What file types do you provide for Port Phillip Bay?

We provide the native files for your Garmin (*.gdb), Humminbird (*.hwr), Lowrance (*.usr), Raymarine (*.rwf), and more. We also provide a GPX and KML file for Port Phillip Bay that you can download and easily import straight into your handheld, car or boat GPS, Android, iPhone, Google Earth and more.

Where is the best snapper fishing in Australia?

The annual snapper migration into Port Phillip Bay, known among local fishing enthusiasts as the Crimson Tide, places the Bay on the map as the best snapper fishery in Australia.Covering 1,950 km 2 in area with 264 km of coastline, Port Phillip Bay is the largest, almost enclosed “inland sea” in the Southern Hemisphere.

Can I download the Port Phillip Bay GPX and kml files?

We also provide a GPX and KML file for Port Phillip Bay that you can download and easily import straight into your handheld, car or boat GPS, Android, iPhone, Google Earth and more. The GPX file works with most of the late module GPS units using a SD card, or with manufacturer software.