Fishing - Phillip Island and Bass Coast
ANDERSON INLET/ INVERLOCH
If you have access to a boat, then chances of catching a feed are doubled. There are quite a few places where a boat can be launched, including two places in the inlet on the Inverloch side - Mahers’ Landing and the Inverloch boat ramp. Maher’s Landing can be found about five kilometres east of the turn-off into Inverloch from the Bass Highway. Anderson Inlet can be fished from anywhere and a good catch is usually found. On occasions good catches are to be had on the shore, however the tide must be right to fish the shore
COAST FROM INVERLOCH TO WONTHAGGI
Moving along the coast road towards Wonthaggi is a place known to most locals as Flat Rocks
- This is a favourite fishing spot for locals. Fishing from a boat in this area can be dangerous on days with large swells so experience in boating is very strongly advised. There are quite a few hidden rocks, so take great care. Fishing off the rocks here can also be productive with rock platforms stretching out past the many whiting channels. It is in these channels that whiting can be caught and most of the nuisance fish can be avoided. If you have a “tinnie”, it can be launched from the beach to avoid going over the bar at Inverloch.
The Bunurong Marine National Park extends along 5 km of coastline between the most southern headland west of The Oaks Beach and the headland at the eastern end of Eagles Nest Beach, and offshore for approximately three nautical miles to the limit of the Victorian waters. Fishing is not permitted in this area. Please note that there are strong penalties under the National Parks Act for fishing in Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries.
- At Cape Paterson there are quite a few good fishing spots, such as Undertow Bay for mullet and salmon. The rocks around the main swimming bay and Browns’ Bay produce large whiting and pinky snapper. Do not attempt to launch a boat without contacting some of the local anglers. You are not allowed to take reef fish such as parrot fish, bluenose wrasse and leather jackets in this area. Around to the second surf at Cape Paterson, great scores of mullet can be caught, but, for safety, avoid the surfing area. No reef fish are to be taken.