A long "Hello" to FVF

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Re: A long "Hello" to FVF

Post by Kenle » Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:31 am

Welcome mate, FYI Altona pier was closed when I walked there yesterday. It was fenced off with signs.
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Re: A long "Hello" to FVF

Post by Vekta » Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:47 am

Kenle wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:31 am
Welcome mate, FYI Altona pier was closed when I walked there yesterday. It was fenced off with signs.
Yup, my girl friend told me about the day after a storm wrecked it. They're supposedly going to rebuild and upgrade it "soon".

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Re: A long "Hello" to FVF

Post by Sebb » Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:27 pm

Vekta wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:53 am

For the most part I'll be limited to Altona Beach area as far as I can get on foot. The plan is to have a small pocket tackle box with a handful of lures and just take a walk. Whatever will bite a soft plastic, small blade bait, metal or hard body would be my game.I'd practice selective and sustainable harvesting depending on what I encounter.

I'm not too thrilled about the idea of going on crowded piers. Since I can't physically explore the area myself I've been scrolling over aerial view maps online. I found a few of these rock features that, if legal to fish off of, I hope would be less crowded and more my speed...

By the way everyone, thanks for reading through my wall of text. I'm getting a ton of info just from this thread.It confirms some of the ideas I already had.
Yes, you can fish that rock groyne. But that particular one goes to shallow water. It's ok in warmer months for flathead, but often too shallow.
This one by the boat ramp is better (deeper water).
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Re: A long "Hello" to FVF

Post by ronan » Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:29 pm

just get out there and have a go mate, fishing is pretty different to america here

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Re: A long "Hello" to FVF

Post by Seniorfisho » Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:54 pm

Vekta wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:53 am
e.welch wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:34 am
Vekta wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:11 pm
Hello FVF,

I’m not new to fishing but I am new to Australian fish species. The pandemic canceled my long anticipated visit and kept the girl friend and I separated. It was suppose to be a short visit followed by a longer visit in the future. In the mean time I have been watching a lot of fishing videos on youtube and checking out the kind of gear that’s commonly used over there.

Here in California my favorite pass time is walking the local fresh water creek 10 minutes on foot from my house. I mainly target Large Mouth and Spotted Bass. Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish and Hybrids are common. There are also Common Carp, Steelhead Trout and Salmon in my local creek.

I have a very specific way of fishing and have been doing a lot of research to see if I can replicate that minimalist style of fishing. I don’t plan on using the exact same set up I use here but something in the same theme would be nice. I often only take 1 tiny rod and a small pocket sized tackle box.(pictures attached) I’ve caught most of the fish in my creek with the same set up. (with the exception of Carp and Salmon)

I’m hoping to come up with a more suitable set up to fish both fresh and salt water around Altona (on foot) as well as all around Port Phillip Bay. (by car) I like to travel light and tend to favor lures with multi-species versatility. From what I have seen in videos a lot of the baits I already use are quite common over there as well. I have picked up blade baits to try after seeing them in Australian fishing videos. They tend to get overshadowed by whatever the hot new Bass fishing lure is.

I do have a couple specific goals when angling in Australia:

1. Maintain the hobby. The girl friend is very much in favor of the hobby and the potential for family outings because of it. (To get the young one away from Roblox and Minecraft)

2. Fish for the table. Why not bring home some table fare while I’m out? I already have a brand new Shimano 8000 D Baitrunner just sitting on my shelf I plan to take with me and leave in Australia. So after I get the lighter set up sorted I can invest in a heavier rod for Snapper and Australian Salmon.

I joined the forum in the hopes of getting a more detailed point of view of what’s going on in Australian fisheries. Thank you for your time.
For saltwater it really depends on the time of year and where you are situated on the bay September - December is snapper season so you would target snapper and salmon February - may is whiting season and you would mainly target whiting and you might get the odd snapper or pinkie for whiting some good piers are Hastings st leonards Mornington and Portsea their my three favourite whiting spots for snapper I would recommend Mornington it’s my favourite spot for snapper otherwise most piers are pretty good squid are a good target year round they can be hard but when you get the hang of it it’s really easy I can’t help with fresh water but if you need anymore advice about salt or a certain fish I would be happy to help

Maybe for Australian bass try blue rock Damm theirs lots of them your main problem will be acces as it’s hard to fish their without a boat
For the most part I'll be limited to Altona Beach area as far as I can get on foot. The plan is to have a small pocket tackle box with a handful of lures and just take a walk. Whatever will bite a soft plastic, small blade bait, metal or hard body would be my game.I'd practice selective and sustainable harvesting depending on what I encounter.

I'm not too thrilled about the idea of going on crowded piers. Since I can't physically explore the area myself I've been scrolling over aerial view maps online. I found a few of these rock features that, if legal to fish off of, I hope would be less crowded and more my speed...

By the way everyone, thanks for reading through my wall of text. I'm getting a ton of info just from this thread.It confirms some of the ideas I already had.
Hey Vecta, that area you have pointed out is very rocky and not ideal for plastics fishing, however, 50 or so meters closer to the jetty is a great little spot where you can cast out the big rod for snapper, you can see a bit of a horseshoe reef and you cast in the sand in front of it. As far as landbased plastics fishing, it's not the best spot to fish. I have fished the low tide near Apex park by walking out to where the drop off is and casting platics for flathead. Let me know when you arrive and I might be able to help you a bit more

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Re: A long "Hello" to FVF

Post by Vekta » Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:19 pm

Seniorfisho wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:54 pm
Vekta wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:53 am
e.welch wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:34 am
Vekta wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:11 pm
Hello FVF,

I’m not new to fishing but I am new to Australian fish species. The pandemic canceled my long anticipated visit and kept the girl friend and I separated. It was suppose to be a short visit followed by a longer visit in the future. In the mean time I have been watching a lot of fishing videos on youtube and checking out the kind of gear that’s commonly used over there.

Here in California my favorite pass time is walking the local fresh water creek 10 minutes on foot from my house. I mainly target Large Mouth and Spotted Bass. Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish and Hybrids are common. There are also Common Carp, Steelhead Trout and Salmon in my local creek.

I have a very specific way of fishing and have been doing a lot of research to see if I can replicate that minimalist style of fishing. I don’t plan on using the exact same set up I use here but something in the same theme would be nice. I often only take 1 tiny rod and a small pocket sized tackle box.(pictures attached) I’ve caught most of the fish in my creek with the same set up. (with the exception of Carp and Salmon)

I’m hoping to come up with a more suitable set up to fish both fresh and salt water around Altona (on foot) as well as all around Port Phillip Bay. (by car) I like to travel light and tend to favor lures with multi-species versatility. From what I have seen in videos a lot of the baits I already use are quite common over there as well. I have picked up blade baits to try after seeing them in Australian fishing videos. They tend to get overshadowed by whatever the hot new Bass fishing lure is.

I do have a couple specific goals when angling in Australia:

1. Maintain the hobby. The girl friend is very much in favor of the hobby and the potential for family outings because of it. (To get the young one away from Roblox and Minecraft)

2. Fish for the table. Why not bring home some table fare while I’m out? I already have a brand new Shimano 8000 D Baitrunner just sitting on my shelf I plan to take with me and leave in Australia. So after I get the lighter set up sorted I can invest in a heavier rod for Snapper and Australian Salmon.

I joined the forum in the hopes of getting a more detailed point of view of what’s going on in Australian fisheries. Thank you for your time.
For saltwater it really depends on the time of year and where you are situated on the bay September - December is snapper season so you would target snapper and salmon February - may is whiting season and you would mainly target whiting and you might get the odd snapper or pinkie for whiting some good piers are Hastings st leonards Mornington and Portsea their my three favourite whiting spots for snapper I would recommend Mornington it’s my favourite spot for snapper otherwise most piers are pretty good squid are a good target year round they can be hard but when you get the hang of it it’s really easy I can’t help with fresh water but if you need anymore advice about salt or a certain fish I would be happy to help

Maybe for Australian bass try blue rock Damm theirs lots of them your main problem will be acces as it’s hard to fish their without a boat
For the most part I'll be limited to Altona Beach area as far as I can get on foot. The plan is to have a small pocket tackle box with a handful of lures and just take a walk. Whatever will bite a soft plastic, small blade bait, metal or hard body would be my game.I'd practice selective and sustainable harvesting depending on what I encounter.

I'm not too thrilled about the idea of going on crowded piers. Since I can't physically explore the area myself I've been scrolling over aerial view maps online. I found a few of these rock features that, if legal to fish off of, I hope would be less crowded and more my speed...

By the way everyone, thanks for reading through my wall of text. I'm getting a ton of info just from this thread.It confirms some of the ideas I already had.
Hey Vecta, that area you have pointed out is very rocky and not ideal for plastics fishing, however, 50 or so meters closer to the jetty is a great little spot where you can cast out the big rod for snapper, you can see a bit of a horseshoe reef and you cast in the sand in front of it. As far as landbased plastics fishing, it's not the best spot to fish. I have fished the low tide near Apex park by walking out to where the drop off is and casting platics for flathead. Let me know when you arrive and I might be able to help you a bit more
It'll be a long while before I'm able to go over and get gear set up. I'll for sure be tossing more than plastics.I'm up for anything I can catch on 10 lb braid + appropriate leader. If it's good for the table its a bonus. Luderick and Squid fishing look pretty interesting. The Squid seems like a pretty good deal to me. You get Squid to go with a good Pinot Gris or Prosecco and some free bait to boot. :gj:

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Re: A long "Hello" to FVF

Post by e.welch » Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:43 pm

Vekta wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:53 am
e.welch wrote:
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:34 am
Vekta wrote:
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:11 pm
Hello FVF,

I’m not new to fishing but I am new to Australian fish species. The pandemic canceled my long anticipated visit and kept the girl friend and I separated. It was suppose to be a short visit followed by a longer visit in the future. In the mean time I have been watching a lot of fishing videos on youtube and checking out the kind of gear that’s commonly used over there.

Here in California my favorite pass time is walking the local fresh water creek 10 minutes on foot from my house. I mainly target Large Mouth and Spotted Bass. Crappie, Bluegill, Green Sunfish and Hybrids are common. There are also Common Carp, Steelhead Trout and Salmon in my local creek.

I have a very specific way of fishing and have been doing a lot of research to see if I can replicate that minimalist style of fishing. I don’t plan on using the exact same set up I use here but something in the same theme would be nice. I often only take 1 tiny rod and a small pocket sized tackle box.(pictures attached) I’ve caught most of the fish in my creek with the same set up. (with the exception of Carp and Salmon)

I’m hoping to come up with a more suitable set up to fish both fresh and salt water around Altona (on foot) as well as all around Port Phillip Bay. (by car) I like to travel light and tend to favor lures with multi-species versatility. From what I have seen in videos a lot of the baits I already use are quite common over there as well. I have picked up blade baits to try after seeing them in Australian fishing videos. They tend to get overshadowed by whatever the hot new Bass fishing lure is.

I do have a couple specific goals when angling in Australia:

1. Maintain the hobby. The girl friend is very much in favor of the hobby and the potential for family outings because of it. (To get the young one away from Roblox and Minecraft)

2. Fish for the table. Why not bring home some table fare while I’m out? I already have a brand new Shimano 8000 D Baitrunner just sitting on my shelf I plan to take with me and leave in Australia. So after I get the lighter set up sorted I can invest in a heavier rod for Snapper and Australian Salmon.

I joined the forum in the hopes of getting a more detailed point of view of what’s going on in Australian fisheries. Thank you for your time.
For saltwater it really depends on the time of year and where you are situated on the bay September - December is snapper season so you would target snapper and salmon February - may is whiting season and you would mainly target whiting and you might get the odd snapper or pinkie for whiting some good piers are Hastings st leonards Mornington and Portsea their my three favourite whiting spots for snapper I would recommend Mornington it’s my favourite spot for snapper otherwise most piers are pretty good squid are a good target year round they can be hard but when you get the hang of it it’s really easy I can’t help with fresh water but if you need anymore advice about salt or a certain fish I would be happy to help

Maybe for Australian bass try blue rock Damm theirs lots of them your main problem will be acces as it’s hard to fish their without a boat
For the most part I'll be limited to Altona Beach area as far as I can get on foot. The plan is to have a small pocket tackle box with a handful of lures and just take a walk. Whatever will bite a soft plastic, small blade bait, metal or hard body would be my game.I'd practice selective and sustainable harvesting depending on what I encounter.

I'm not too thrilled about the idea of going on crowded piers. Since I can't physically explore the area myself I've been scrolling over aerial view maps online. I found a few of these rock features that, if legal to fish off of, I hope would be less crowded and more my speed...

By the way everyone, thanks for reading through my wall of text. I'm getting a ton of info just from this thread.It confirms some of the ideas I already had.
Walking the beach with metals can be productive for salmon and using soft plastics can get pinkies and flathead piers are only super crowded on weekends or public holidays most piers during the week can be pretty much empty with minimal people just depends on when you can fish the major problem with walking along with sps and metals is you mightn’t be able to get the distance

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