Going fishing on the Mornington Peninsula is one of the best things you can do in the area. With an abundance of fish and scenic views to fill your day, there are few other places that offer what Mornington Peninsula does to the locals. Before you head out, take a look at our top tips for making your fishing trip the most successful.

  1. Plan ahead

Before you head out for the day it’s worthwhile doing a bit of research into the area you plan to visit. Looking online, checking local guides, becoming part of Facebook networks or asking locals can provide you with valuable advice on where the best spots in the region are, or where to go if you’re targeting a specific species.

If you’re heading to the Mornington Peninsula, Sandra Watt co-owner of local charter Bay Fish n Trips are the ones in the know and have let us in on their top spots. “Passengers on board have been catching some thumping big King George Whiting and great sized Flathead (40-50 cm) with the occasional Snapper (best catches a first light) in the south eastern sector of the bay. Land based fishermen have been doing well on Calamari, especially at the Mornington Pier.”

  1. Pick a time

Besides picking the spot you’re going to set up for the day, choosing a time to head out is just as important. While it’s possible to pull big fish at any time during the day or night, weather conditions and swimming patterns usually play a big deal in determining your return on the day or not. Most large fish travel sporadically, so getting out any time during the day will be a level playing field, however getting out early is not only easier but also safer and extends the amount of time at your disposal.

  1. Source fresh bait

When they say fresh is best, they mean it! Taking the time out to source the right bait according to the type of catch you’re after is often the key to success. While you can buy good bait from fishing shops, specific species have particular tastes so sourcing your own usually leads to better results.  That tiny bit of extra work could mean the difference between a big catch and stopping off at the local fish shop on the way home!

  1. Be prepared

If you haven’t been out on the water in a while, make sure you check your gear before you head out. This includes ensuring your battery and electrical systems are in working order and replacing your oil if necessary. Just like with your car, make sure you fuel up before you head out to avoid any unexpected events and pack all the equipment you need with you. In addition, you should also have your boat serviced by a specialised workshop at least once a year no matter how often you use it. Making these practices a regular habit can help keep your boat in top shape!

  1. Have fun and be safe.

Last but definitely not least; safety should always be your number one priority. While following basic safety should be common sense, it can be easy to forget these simple tips when you’re caught up in the excitement of the day. Our key points are:

  • Be aware of weather and tide conditions
  • Wear light garments worn in layers
  • Wear sturdy non-slip footwear
  • Carry a charged mobile phone with you at all times
  • Carry a first aid kit on board
  • Bring along a flashlight and map
  • Take enough drinking water
  • Don’t fish in areas not permitted
  • Use caution when baiting and removing hooks

Ideally fishing with someone else is the safest option, however if you are heading out alone let family and friends know the location of your fishing trip and your intended return time.

You might also be interested in: Fishing Tips from Martha Cove Fishing Club