There have been a few fish caught offshore, but to catch them inside the bays is better again. Hopefully this season will be as good as the last year on the kingfish front and we see plenty of. Fishing hotspots in port phillip bay beautiful altona. During these months, by far the best time of day to target them is dawn and dusk. The past week or so has seen schools of kingfish turn up in the bays and in particular in the rip, but word has gotten out and there can be a few boats on the fish. Ashley has been fishing since he was a child with his father and grandfather. How to use live squid for yellow tail kingfish port phillip heads rip duration.
Snapper are caught in port phillip bay all year round. Gps fishing coordinates in port phillip bay the lap year. The water temperature has risen over the past few weeks, and also the water hasnt been the cobalt blue that many anglers prefer there. Guide to snapper fishing in port phillip bay early season reds. Kingfish port phillip bay heads offshore gummie sharks youtube. Proline fishing charters is a melbourne family owned and operated business, which has been chartering groups of fish enthusiasts since 1991. This year has proven to be a phenomenal year for victorias snapper stocks with record recruitment found in port phillip bay. A 58cm king george whiting caught near swan island in port phillip bay has been aged at 9 years old, born in the winter of 2007. Port phillip bays yellow tail king fish chartersa how to book. By no means are the methods described here the only way to catch the kings, but they have worked well for us in port phillip bay. A king george whiting of this age is very unusual in victorian waters.
At the entrance of the bay, you can find yellowtail kingfish, too. Mark gerkovichyellowtail kingfish seriola lalandi are. In victoria, kingfish are often targeted in portland, western port and in the rip in port phillip bay. Kingfish can be caught in the bay between january and april. The record ought to note that shauns biggest catch was a 10kilogram snapper and 25kilogram gummy shark, both in port phillip bay. Ocean bay fishing charters individual and private charters. Port phillip bay is the best place in the country to go for pink snapper. Yellowtail kingfish seriola lalandi is a favourite amongst game fishers. Yet the majority of the larger fish are caught between october and april. Catch all eight sessions of the national recreational fishing conference boating nonessential gippsland lakes bluegreen algal bloom. Port phillip bay s yellow tail king fish charters how to book. Western port king fish help fishing victoria forum. Port phillip also commonly referred to as port phillip bay, is a port in southern victoria, australia. Yellowtail kingfish to over 12kg and gummy sharks to 25kg, makos,squid,king george whiting,salmon, and great southern bluefin tuna to.
The bluewater and offshore action has been good around bass strait locally and a bit further afield, with tuna and kingfish the main targets. King george whiting is a very robust species of fish as you can catch them using a wide variety of different bait types, however, some are more effective than others. Port phillip bay yellow tail king fish feb 2nd 2017 1 meter. Snapper fishing charters on port phillip bay covering an impressive 2000 square kilometres, the bay is more than an entrance to melbournes busiest port.
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. These hard fighting fish are sure to stretch your arms and test angler and tackle alike. This article was written just after a full season of fishing guiding where i had averaged over 8 snapper per trip per client on port phillip bay top ten snapper tips these tips and article was requested by the ages melbourne magazine. For booking info for melbourne kingfish charters departing sorrento with us click here. This is the time of year that the big breeders move into these areas to spawn. There is, however, another option for anglers who prefer calmer waters and that is to chase the good numbers of kingfish move up into northeast port phillip bay. The state of the tide doesnt seem to have too much effect. Giving you a sport fishing experience like no other.
The heads or rip as it is commonly known was awash with boats all seeking a good harvest from the depths. Melbourne port phillip bay snapper with pro red fishing charters melbourne catching snapper to 11kg. Depending on the season our gamesport fishing trips target kingfish, snapper, salmon, mako, thresher sharks and are sometimes getting amongst school shark, gummys and blue whaler, squid and big flathead. Victorias best eating ish is the king george whiting. Ranga banga ii is a plate alloy custom built fishing boat and has been fitted out and ready to catch fish. Oceanbay fishing charters individual and private charters. Targeting port phillip bay kingfish fishing boating world.
Offering fishing charters in melbourne that span port phillip bay and bass strait, we invite you to join us for an exciting day out on the water. Weekly fishing report for western port, port phillip bay and beyond for march 19th 2020. The squid fishing has been ok, with some of the southern piers about due to start firing. Snapper use the big tides to migrate in the spring months of september, october, november leading up to november until the bay is full of snapper in november. Gps port phillip bay snapper reedys rigs fishing tackle. Fishing reports for victoria, westernport and port phillip bay. Everyone knows that they were once in good numbers around the heads and offshore of port phillip and western port but like much of the east coast, their populations were decimated by commercial harvesting using floating fish traps. Snapper charters fishing trips pro red fishing charters. The northern end of the bay has also been showing quality squid from the piers and inshore reef. Fish with us this season to make the most of the amazing snapper fishery. Guide to snapper fishing in port phillip bay gps marks. Peak season is during the warmer months of november to april when there are abundant snappers, squids, whitings and yellowtails.
Matt cini displaying some action packed yellow tail king fish fishing in melbourne with his excellent customers, anyone. Covering an impressive 2000 square kilometres, the bay is more than an entrance to melbournes busiest port. Our custom built hydrofield is the perfect safe platform to chase the yellowtail kingfish in and around the rip at the southern end of port phillip bay. Go fishing port phillip bay spot 1 queenscliff pier the town of queenscliff holds many attractions for families, tourists and holiday makers and is located on the southwestern side of port phillip bay. While the historic abundance of yellowtail kingfish in vic waters was not as high as. If you launch out of newhaven 100lts is ok, i would target them around cape woolami trolling xraps about 20 to 30 mt off the cliff face.
Weve been targeting the seasonal yellowtail kingfish and we have been catching em and bluefin tuna. Port phillip bay snapper fishing is easy to catch a fish year round, in the colder months focus on in shore reefs. Kingfish are also encountered when fishing for salmon as the occasionally mix into the salmon school. This family has been plying the waters of port phillip bay, bass strait, and the southern ocean their whole lives, as their forebears had since 1842. Charter prices fishing charters melbourne, port phillip bay. Only 10 years ago gone fishing charters then known as gone kingfishing charters was the only charter company to target these species in the rip and fish in excess of 30kg were taken. Yellowtail kingfish charters sharkmen charters, melbourne. The bay is surrounded mostly by metropolitan greater melbourne in its main eastern portion, and the city of greater geelong in the much smaller western portion north of the bellarine peninsula.
Port phillip bay fishing reports get up to date fishing reports weather reports info on tackle, fishing spots etc share you photosvideo. We pride ourselves on the being the best melbourne fishing charter. Southern port phillip bay and bass strait fishing reports. Find out where the snapper, gummy shark, tuna, squid, whiting, mako sharks, cuttlefish, swordfish and more are hiding. A tank of live garfish is a good start on the path to battle with a port phillip kingfish. Port phillip bays yellow tail king fish charters how to book. Fishing out from bermagui the boys have been doing well inshore on the school kingfish on jigs, plastics and also baits. February 5 2016 bass strait yesits that time of the year again where many anglers start to think all things kingfish. Theres gummy shark, mulloway and garfish, flathead, trevally and bream, along with more squid than you can poke a jig at. On port phillip bay these days, whiting are an all year prospect with king george whiting caught in big numbers right through the winter as well as in autumn, spring and summer. Game and sport fishing port phillip bay fishing charters.
Ive fished port phillip bay for snapper for many, many years and only ever caught one other fish over the magical 20lb mark this one took the lie detector to 9. For those targeting kingfish in the rip, visit steer clear in the rip, a campaign run by vrfish in collaboration with victorian ports melbourne, for a map of the kingfish markers in the area. Aug 20, 2014 port phillip bay snapper fishing is easy to catch a fish year round, in the colder months focus on in shore reefs. While searching for the kingfish isnt for everyone, picking the weather and heading out offshore will see you in with a good chance of a hoodlum. The peak season for targeting kingfish in victoria is from late. A small reel around a to a 2000 size will suit, the line class i would say best for squid is 10lb to 15lb braid and leader i like 15lb as an insurance policy so you dont lose your jigs to the bottom.
Some of australias big names in seafood, including red snapper and king george whiting, lurk in these waters. Fishing charters report, melbourne, portland, victoria. When it comes to fishing on port phillip bay, the worlds your oyster. I have been genuinely excited by what could only be described as a massive resurgence in the local yellowtail kingfish population. The fishing during february was as consistent as ever with kingies hooked on every trip. Geographically, the bay covers 1,930 square kilometres. Yellowtail kingfish have been the flavour of the month for melbourne anglers over summer. King fishtuna fishing charters port phillip bay melbourne vic. Port phillip has really been providing a variety of fish for anglers recently. The local bluewater scene around the bay and just offshore has been producing both kingfish and bluefin tuna for anglers lucky enough to get out when a weather window allows. On this page will be gps marks for snapper as the season unfolds in 201920 keep checking back for weekly updates port phillip bay september snapper squid gps. Increasing knowledge of victorias growing recreational yellowtail.
Hopefully these come in handy for other fisherman out there. Our kingfish charters depart from blairgowrie, fishing the shallow reefs in bass straight and the deep ledges of the port phillip bay entrance widely know as the. This map would be useful to new anglers who wish to catch a snapper in port phillip bay. Joe farr fishing charters is a professional bay and ocean fishing charter exclusively for small groups. Yellowtail kingfish our custom built hydrofield is the perfect safe platform to chase the yellowtail kingfish in and around the rip at the southern end of port phillip bay. The majority of kingfish talk around the bay usually centres on the often rough and sometimes downright dangerous waters of the rip. In the 1970s and early 1980s, yellowtail kings were prolific in and around the notorious rip, at the entrance to port phillip bay. Guide to fishing in port phillip bay royalauto racv. Most fish of this size and age have already migrated to spawning grounds, thought to be off far western victoria and into southeast south australia. King fish charters king fish fishing charters port phillip. Yes there is a lot of choice but we look forward to helping you find the fishing charter that suits you best.
Yellowtail kingfish to over 12kg and gummy sharks to 25kg, makos,squid, king george whiting,salmon, and great southern bluefin tuna to 110kg. Purple sea urchins are causing havoc to our fish habitats in port phillip bay by wiping out kelp forests leaving reefs barren. Marlo, waratah bay, wilsons prom, the rip in port phillip bay, black rock and port. These tasty hard fighting fish can be targeted in port phillip bay all year round though they really come into there own from january to april. Geographically, the port covers 1,930 square kilometres 480,000 acres and the shore stretches roughly 264 km 164 mi. At this size the fish wore the hoodlum vernacular comfortably. The large metropolitan area of melbourne, the state capital, is located at the head of the bay. Port phillip bay is a superb fishing destination, offering a great variety of fish species. Fishing spots and gps marks melbourne victoria, fishing spots around melbourne and port phillip bay, click on the map and scroll to required location. Its really rare to see these prized sport fish in this region, with people usually flocking down to portland victoria to catch them which is a. Quality whiting rods and reels are used on these charters. When booking your yellow tail king fish charters simply go to our book online button on the top righthand side of the page, if you are an individual or if you would like to book the boat for your yellow tail king fish experience its this simple.
Information about catching yellowtail kingfish in bass straight port phillip bay with a gone fishing charter. Yellowtail kingfish fishing in victoria 2018 youtube. Top 10 port phillip bay, australia fishing charters for 2020. Southern port phillip bay and bass strait fishing reports february 5 2016 bass strait yesits that time of the year again where many anglers start to think all things kingfish.
Covering 1,950 km2 in area with 264 km of coastline, port. Its during this period each year that large numbers of ocean going snapper enter port phillip bay. Gps fishing coordinates in port phillip bay below is a list of gps coordinates for fishing spots which i stumbled upon on facebook a while back. Fishing reports victoria, western port and port phillip bay. In the lower reaches of port phillip bay and western port, the most productive months for the larger calamari are between june and october. With port phillip bay being a popular area for fishing, boating and. As you come out of the the cleeland bight follow the the shoreline around to the right try a couple of passes keep looking at your sounder for bait schools and mark them so you can come back to them if you know the area look at the pinnicles if. Port phillip bay, inlet of bass strait on the southcentral coast of victoria, australia, extending approximately 30 miles 50 km northsouth and 25 miles 40 km eastwest.
From pinkies, snapper, gars, salmon, kingfish, flathead and whiting the species choices are pretty widespread. You can expect to catch king george whiting, pinkie snapper, garfish, flathead and southern calamari. Fishing with both jigs and live baits, we work hard yellow tail kingfish read more. Matt cini displaying some action packed yellow tail king fish fishing in melbourne with his excellent customers, anyone would think we were in. Jan 03, 2017 yellowtail kingfish at the rip coming off a very slow january on the king george whiting front, the decision was made to focus our efforts on yellowtail kingfish in the rip port phillip heads. On board our port phillip bay snapper fishing trips we have an amazing electric barbecue permanently fitted. The once legendary king fishery of port phillip heads seems to have all but gone, but the continuing trends in nsw where the numbers of kings to be caught has dramatically increased over the last couple of seasons and the good seasons experienced at portland should be good news for us for the future. Port phillip bay snapper fishing charters and bass straight mako shark fishing charters run by skipper jayson turner who has been fishing the local waters of port phillip, western port, bass straight for over 35 years. Ashley points out the rosebud foreshore, where hes been known to dig up a kilogram of pipis in 20 minutes. This means that as other fishing seasons are finishing up, the calamari season, particularly for bigger ones, is starting. Fishing gps marks melbourne snapper spots port phillip bay western port. Port phillip also commonly referred to as port phillip bay, is a horseheadshaped bay in the central coastline of southern victoria, australia.
When booking your yellow tail king fish charters simply go to our book online button on th. Customer jason loves chasing kingfish and recently headed out from port welshpool to tackle with some heavy hitters around the island and rocky promontories. Top 10 port phillip bay, australia fishing charters for. During early february 2015, around 100 vessels were actively targeting kingfish at port phillip heads on a single day. King george whiting is the largest whiting species in australia and is primarily located in the southern region of the country. Fishing with both jigs and live baits, we work hard to ensure. Feb 12, 2017 port phillip bay yellow tail king fish feb 2nd 2017 1 meter plus rip kings. Offering some of the best fishing in victoria, this expanse of water is home to a wide range of marine species that appreciate its varying depths.
This snapper fishing guide is more up to date, modern tips and tricks for bagging big red. Fishing in port phillip bay gps marks tips early snapper season reds. Hopkins river go fishing western port go fishing port phillip bay. Its been exciting times lately in port phillip bay. We vary our tecnique to target kingfish depending on the tides, weather and depths that we are fishing. Vrfish have provided us with some gps marks so everyone can enjoy what is set to be a bumper king fish season in a few weeks, when fishing for kingfish along the south west coast of victoria really hots up. Back then, lead lining was the most effective technique with fish of epic proportions being landed in astronomical numbers. Port phillip has been quiet in terms of report this past week, but there has still been things happening. Our vessels fishing charters melbourne, port phillip bay. Matt cini from reel time enjoying a crazy day on the water loosing many port phillip bay king fish to seals, eventually after being frustrated brats the seal and lands some great melbourne king fish. Pro red fishing charters snapper charters melbourne. It is nearly surrounded by the city of melbourne and its suburbs.
It measures almost 8 meters in length and is an extremely stable platform able to accommodate easily up to 10 passengers within port phillip bay and western port. On some occasions fishing effort was so high that the port of melbourne issued alerts to anglers to avoid particular regions of port phillip heads as they posed a hazard to shipping traffic. Point nepean is an excellent fishing location for squids, whitings, snappers, sharks, kingfish and flatheads. As one king is almost landed, ron gysberts is distracted by its mates smashing up garfish next to the boat kingfish often bite well during warm stormy weather. Kingfish on the mornington peninsula there is nothing better, when a plan comes together.
While the bay fish are generally rats or small fish to. There were some wonderful seasons, and anglers and commercial fishermen took large numbers. The gear you will need to use when chasing calamari as in rod and reel, is a light outfit kg rod or a 24kg rod. Plan your trip so that you fish around high tide and during the first two hours of the runout tide. Port phillip bay snapper fishing charters in melbourne and bass straight mako sharka and tuna fishing charter run by skipper jayson turner who has been fishing the local waters of port phillip, western port, bass straight for over 35 years.
On port phillip bay these days, whiting are an all year prospect. Other species that call these waters home include gummy shark, king george whiting, australian salmon, garfish, and flathead. Pretty much every fish that one would want to catch in the bay can be caught right now. Our kingfish charters depart from blairgowrie, fishing the shallow reefs in bass straight and the deep ledges of the port phillip bay entrance widely know as the rip. With the strong resurgence in victorian waters of yellowtail kingfish, there. We are fast approaching the new port phillip bay snapper season. There are many port phillip bay fishing charters, in fact there are 15 fishing charters operating in the port phillip bay region. Port phillip bay yellow tail king fish feb 2nd 2017 1 meter plus. Snapper charters gummy shark charters whiting charters.863 450 1191 307 855 1077 1349 383 245 1145 257 411 254 1373 1388 670 273 1044 225 31 1439 541 197 714 1052 715 1415 1146 894 1187 1049 43 30 312 1432