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1. Mornington Pier (Mornington)

Mornington Pier
Mornington Pier

Address: Schnapper Point Dr, Mornington VIC 3931
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Leatherjacket, garfish

2. Sorrento Pier (Sorrento)

Sorrento Pier
Sorrento Pier

Address: Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting, Leatherjacket, garfish

3. Docklands (Melbourne CBD)

Address: Lorimer St, Docklands VIC 3008
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting,

4. St Kilda Pier (St Kilda)

Address: Pier Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead

5. Web dock (Port Melbourne)

Address: White Reserve, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead

6. Altona Pier (Altona)

Altona Pier Jetty
Altona Pier

Address: Esplanade, Altona VIC 3018
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid

7. Patterson River (Carrum)

Patterson River Fishing
Patterson River

Address: Patterson River Boat Ramp, Launching Way, Carrum VIC 3197
Fish Species: Bream, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Mullet, Mulloway

8. Cunningham Pier (Geelong)

Address: 10 Western Foreshore Rd Geelong VIC 3220
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead

9. Werribee River (Werribee South)

Address: Diggers Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030
Fish Species: Snapper, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting, Leatherjacket, garfish

10. Furguson Street Pier (Williamstown)

Address: 270 Nelson Pl, Williamstown VIC 3016
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting, Leatherjacket, garfish

11. Station Pier (Port Melbourne)

Address: 6 Waterfront Pl, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting, Leatherjacket, garfish

12. Mordialloc Pier (Modialloc)

Address: Beach Rd, Mordialloc VIC 3195
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, garfish

13. Sandringham Breakwall (Sandringham)

Sandringham Breakwall
Sandringham Breakwall

Address: Jetty Rd, Sandringham VIC 3191
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead

14. Frankston pier (Frankston)

Address: 9N Pier Promenade, Frankston VIC 3199
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, garfish

15. Princess Pier (Port Melbourne)

Address: Pier St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, King George Whiting, Leatherjacket, garfish

16. Black rock pier (Black Rock)

Address: Beach Rd, Black Rock VIC 3193
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies Garfish

17. Queenscliff Pier (Queenscliff)

Address: Weeroona Parade, Queenscliff VIC 3225
Fish Species: Snapper, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting, Leatherjacket, garfish

18. Barwon Heads Jetty (Barwon Heads)

Address: 43 Flinders Parade, Barwon Heads VIC 3227
Fish Species: Snapper, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting, Leatherjacket, garfish

19. Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier Breakwall
Brighton Breakwall

Address: 251 Esplanade, Brighton VIC 3186
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead

20. Portarlington Pier (Portarlington)

Address: Portarlington Pier, Portarlington VIC 3223
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Trevally

21. Cowes Pier (Phillip Island)

Cowes Jetty Phillip Island
Cowes Jetty

Address: The Esplanade, Cowes VIC 3922
Fish Species: Snapper, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting

22. Rhyll Jetty (Phillip Island)

Address: Beach Rd, Rhyll VIC 3923
Fish Species: Snapper, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting

23. Newheaven Jetty (Phillip Island)

Address: 5/1 Beach Cres, Newhaven VIC 3925
Fish Species: Snapper, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting

24. San Remo Jetty (San Remo)

Address: Jetty, San Remo VIC 3925
Fish Species: Squid

25. Gunnamatta Beach (Fingal)

Gunnamatta Beach Fingal
Gunnamatta Beach, Fingal

Address: Truemans Rd, Fingal VIC 3939
Fish Species: Australia Salmon, Gummy Shark

26. Cape Woolamai Beach (Cape Woolamai)

Cape Woolamai Back Beach
Cape Woolamai Back Beach

Address: Woolamai Beach Rd, Cape Woolamai VIC 3925
Fish Species: Australia Salmon,Gummy Shark

27. Kilcunda Beach (Kilcunda)

Address: Nyora-Wonthaggi Rail Trail, Kilcunda VIC 3995
Fish Species: Australia Salmon, Gummy Shark

28. Lorne Pier (Lorne)

Address: 2-10 Great Ocean Rd, Lorne VIC 3232|
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Mackreal, Squid

29. Stony Point Ferry Terminal (Stony Point)

Address: Stony Point Jetty, Crib Point VIC 3919
Fish Species: Snapper/Pinkies, Squid

30. Flinders Pier (Flinders)

Address: 10/12 The Esplanade, Flinders VIC 3929
Fish Species: Squid, Mackerel

31. Point Leo Beach

Address: Western Parade, Point Leo VIC 3916
Fish Species: Gummy Shark

32. Balnarring Beach

Balnarring Beach
Balnarring Beach

Address: Foreshore Rd, Balnarring Beach VIC 3926
Fish Species: Gummy Shark

33. Somers Beach

Address: The Blvd, Somers VIC 3927
Fish Species: Gummy Shark

34. Mount Martha Rocks (Mount Martha)

Address: Hearn Rd, VIC 3934
Fish Species: Snapper, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Squid

35. Shallow Inlet (Sandy Point)

Address: Sandy Point Rd, Sandy Point, VIC 3959
Fish Species: Snapper, Flathead, Australia Salmon, Silver Trevally, King George Whiting

36. 90 miles Beach (Loch Spot)

Golden Beach
Golden Beach

Address: Shoreline Dr, Golden Beach VIC 3851
Fish Species: Gummy Shark, Australia Salmon, Tailor

37. Lakes Entrance

Address: Whole Town
Fish Species: Bream, Flathead, crab

38. Lake Tyers

Address: Lakeside Dr, Toorloo Arm VIC 3909
Fish Species: Bream, Flathead

You might have noticed that we didn’t include any back beach rock fishing spots. If you are new to fishing, we DO NOT encourage you to go fishing on the rocks. It can be very dangerous. Please don’t put your life on the line.

To record success in fishing, you need the right kind of fishing gear, tools, and equipment. Talking of fishing gear, equipment, and tools, the discussion cannot be complete without mentioning fishing bells and bite alarms. If you have the right skills, you can get to make your fishing bells yourself. There are several ways by which you can get this done. The typically fishing bells are placed on an alligator clip with rubber tips that protect them from scratching up your rods.

To use your fishing bells or bite alarms, you clip it unto the rod, and whenever a fish bites it, the bells are going to jingle and you will hear the sounds. In other words, these bells or alarms are going to assist you in knowing when the fish nibbling your bait.

Some people think that it is cheating to fish with the bells or alarms, but that is not the case. The bells and alarms are totally necessary if you are doing your fishing with children. This is because fishing with children means you cannot concentrate on your fishing rod for long. Hence, using the fishing bells and bite alarms will help you greatly in knowing when a fish is hooked. So you can pay attention to your kids while also knowing what is going on with the fishing rod underwater. It is a win-win situation for you.

Fishing in the Dark

 However, it has to be pointed out that these fishing bells and bite alarms are not useful only when you are fishing with the kids. They are also extremely useful if you happen to be fishing at night and in the dark. Because everywhere is dark, you will not be able to see a thing, but with the bells, you are going to know exactly when a fish has been nabbed. It is a great way to be alert.

Fishing at night with fishing bells bite alarm with LED light.

Again, the fishing bells and bite alarms are very helpful in cases where you are fishing with multiple lines. For example, if you are fishing using like four fishing rods, there is no way on earth by which you can focus on all the seven lines at the same time. But when you use a fishing bell, it becomes very easy for you to know which line is active and which is not. Overall, bite alarms and fishing bells make your life a lot easier. By making use of the bells, you will know more than a fish just being on the line. The fishing bells and bite alarms allow us to know when there are bites. So, it is not just about the fish being on the line but also when you have bites. It is important to know when you have bites so you can know when you should check your bait. If you are interested in making your fishing bells, you need alligator clips, three-quarter-inch bells, shrink rank tubing, sautering iron, Sauter, a heat gun, and a pair of scissors. Alternatively, you can buy them from some online fishing tackle shop.

Lumo beads are an essential fishing rig component that helps in attracting the fish. These beads come in various colours and sizes. Material options include brass, glass and plastic. There are various size options, such as 3mm, 5mm all the way up to 15mm. You can find these beads in oval, round or even spherical shape. Most of them are florescent or Lumo.

Attracts Fish

They are purposefully made with glow in the dark materials so that when they are used, they attracts fishes especially in the deep water.  Lumo beads are especially useful in case of deep waters. The deeper you go into the water, the darker it gets, and lumo beads can be helpful in these cases. the fish gets attracted by the colourful or glow in the dark beads.

Protect the knots

Secondly, Beads also act as protection to the knots on your fishing rig. Sinker and weight are delicate parts of a fishing rig, and beads protect them from breaking. When you use your fishing rig, it might rub against various surfaces. Having beads on the fishing rig protects it from rubbing against surfaces. It increases the life of the fishing rig.

Using Fishing Lumo Beads to protect Running Sinker Rig
How to use Fishing Lumo Beads

Professional anglers come up with some amazing techniques to catch fish. For instance, beads are commonly use in running sinker rigs. Most angler will use a soft bead in between the running sinker or ezi clip and the knot. The beads will stop or protect the knot from the running clip.

Tips: Most angler use White or Green Lumo Beads for night fishing because they are the brightest, and Pink or Orange for day time fishing.

A pulley rig is easy to make, and tie one by yourself will help you save a lot of time and money. It is highly popular because it is one of the best methods for increasing the casting distance. To save some more money and make the most out of it in the process, you can purchase the equipment in bulk. By doing this, you can get various discounts and deals while buying.

Thanks to pulley rigs, you can now fish the channel or reef that you couldn’t get in the past because it was far off from your cast. It is a fantastic technique, and something that adds to this is that it is an all-in-one rig. Although its primary purpose is distance casting, the best thing is that you can also use it for a short distance or medium distance casts. 

With time, the demand for pulley rigs has increased to such an extent that it has become indispensable for a angler who wants to catch more and bigger fish.

There are numerous variations you can have in a pulley rig. However, the standard unit is always the same. So, let’s take a look at it, and then you can determine what’s best for you and modify it accordingly. 

Basic Pulley Rigs with Breakaway Clip

Basic Unit of a Pulley Rig

As the bait is clipped down during the flight when the rig comes in contact with the water, it gets released by the clip you choose. It is why the pulley rig gives the extra distance to your casting. According to a study, it helps your casts increase by a whopping 20 to 30%! 

Here is where you have to make some choices while building the rig. My preference is the Breakaway Impact Shield

Other than that, there is The Impact Clip and the Bos sinker. They come with an inbuilt casting clip. Both products function exceptionally well. However, the Impact Shield helps gain more distance because it provides a higher amount of aerodynamic shelter. 

Things to Remember 

It would be of great help if you remembered that the clip should be set in proximity with the sinker, no matter which one you are using. It is because the instability of your rig during flight increases. The more the distance between the sinker and the bait, the more the instability during flight. Not only will you lose length, but there are chances that the lure will get clipped off while casting due to the instability. 

Your bait will be set directly at the back of the sinker while using the BOS unit, and it is the only option. But, it is beneficial because the bait will get shelter from it. It is also the most pocket-friendly option because you will be getting the clip and the sinker together. As suggested by BOS, to ensure that the lure comes off properly, you must let many slacklines when the sinker hits the water. Keeping it simple is how you can achieve the best results in this situation!

Hooking up your bait with safety is of utmost importance while utilizing pulley rigs, mainly if you use harder bait like squid, pilchard, or whiting.

Tips that will Help

Considering the high amount of stress present at the line while casting the rig, line breakage can become an issue. Therefore, you must ensure that the strain is enough to avoid snap. 

For this rig, a 40lb tough mono leader is preferable. Also, swivels should be up to date with the trends. Some old-school barrels swivels might not strong enough and they are bigger than stronger rolling swivels. Keep in mind, if the goal is long distance, keeping the whole rig compact is the key.

Pulley Section

Now, let’s take a look at the rig’s pulley section. If you check the diagram, you’ll notice that I use a Perfect Pulley, because they make it mainly for pulley rigs. I highly recommend using it because it is the best among all options. Furthermore, you will notice the use of a large number of beads for making the rig. It is because they protect all the knots. Although all knots are uni, I crinkle on the axle that’s attached to the shock leader. 

Another thing that you’ll notice is that I either use Genie Twin Links or Genie Links for putting stuff together. Then reason I use it is that it helps me assemble things quickly. Not only that, but it also lets me make changes in the rig on the beach effortlessly. Because of it, I can clip and unclip a new bait and a fresh fish with ease. In no time, that bait will be ready to hit the water while you are taking care of the fish you just caught. 

Fisherman have battled the sun’s rays while on the water since the invention of the hook. A decent hat and pair of UV sunglasses were the staples for decades. Even with these, face burns below the glasses were common. Thankfully, the face bandana with UV protection has become another standard piece of sun protection for anglers around the globe.

Fishing bandanas are made from a UV protective microfiber polyester material, they are available in hundreds of colors and designs, and they are easily packed along. Whether you call them fishing bandanas, neck gaiters, face bandanas, or buffs – this is a single must-have item for your next fishing trip.

How Do Fishing Bandanas Help Your Fishing?

Face bandanas for fishing pull other small duties aside from sun protection. Some of these aspects can actually improve your fishing experience. Let’s look at how.

When we are looking at the reflective glare of the sun off the water’s surface, sweat beads on the cheeks can reflect those rays back up to your eyes. This can even have just the right angle to get under your sunglasses. While just a small glare, it adds to eye strain and reduces your visibility. The UV protective microfiber polyester that fishing bandanas are made from is also an excellent material for moisture-wicking. This keeps your face dry and removes that glare.

That same material is also breathable. This is important when it comes to wearing it as a fishing face bandana combined with sunglasses. Because the material is breathable, it removes fog building up on your glasses. This again improves your ability to see fish while on the water.

How Do Fishing Bandanas Protect Your Skin?

Skin cancer is something that haunts the lives of those who spend most of their days on the water. Fishing bandanas (face masks) made with 100% microfiber polyester have a UPF value of 30+. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and the value represents what percentage of these UVB and UVA rays are blocked. Much like the way they measure standard sunscreen.

As A Neck Gaiter

Even when glare directly off the water is not so bad on a given day, the direct sun rays on the back of your neck (under your hat) will cause the back of your neck to burn. Wearing your fishing/face bandana as a neck gaiter will help to avoid this common sunburn.

As Head Protection

Fishing bandanas go beyond face protection and can provide overall head protection. These masks are tube-like in design and the material fishing bandanas are made from is also stretchable. Thanks to these design features, the bandana can be worn in many ways.

These include:

  • Balaclava
  • Cap
  • Hood
  • Headband
  • Total Sun Guard (Worn over the nose, ears, and up under the hat)

This coverage helps protect those areas of the head from sunburn, wind-burn, and can act as a face wind-shield.

Alternate Uses For Fishing Bandanas & Neck Gaiters

Aside from all the exceptional qualities these fishing bandanas provide for anglers, they are also great in a pinch or during an emergency.

It can act as a washable rag. Whether removing fish slime, blowing your nose, or wiping down a piece of gear – the buff can be used in a pinch and washed off right there in the water.

It can act as a tourniquet in an emergency. This can be accomplished with the face bandana and a stick. This may provide just enough extra time to find the emergency help you need.

It can act as a temporary support for a sprained wrist or ankle. It can apply comforting pressure on knees and elbows. It can even be used as a makeshift arm sling.

The Fishing Bandana

In short, the fishing bandana or neck gaiter provides all the qualities needed by the average angler for sun and wind protection. It packs away small and is easily carried. It can be used in a variety of alternate ways as well.

You can choose designs that either reflects your style or help camouflage your head from the spookiest of fish.

In all cases, this is an inexpensive and indispensable tool for fishermen everywhere.

How to wear a fishing Bandana or Neck Gaiters

Check out the video below