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    Fishing Torquay & Surrounds
    Torquay's reefs can hold some treasures
    AddressTorquay offsure, rivers, beaches & estuaries Torquay & Surrounds Victoria 3228
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    Torquay comes across as surf city central, particularly during the warmer months. But there are times when it becomes angler central. This not-so-humble town gives quick access to deep water offshore - and it is good for beach and estuary fishing.

    The drawback is the poor boat launching facilities. Inshore reef systems out to 20m deep can hold snapper and gummy and seven -gill sharks. King George whiting and pinkies are often found inshore, sometimes only 200m behind the waves. The deeper sand grounds are home to tiger and sand flathead.

    You can expect arrow squid by January and in late summer watch for yellowtail kingfish and thresher sharks over the reef systems. At the 70m line you are likely to encounter blue and mako sharks. Makos weighing more than 200kg have been taken here.

    Beach anglers can expect to catch pinkies, whiting and sometimes mulloway and gummy sharks. The biggest mulloway caught here weighed more than 30kg and was caught from the Front Beach. Fishermans Beach also has produced mulloway.

    Jan Juc Beach has reasonable gummy shark and salmon fishing in winter. Estuary anglers will find bream in Spring Creek at Torquay and Thompsons Creek (also known as Bream Creek), which runsto sea at Point Impossible, east of Torquay. At Thompsons Creek, follow the road back to Breamlea to find the best bream water.

    OFFSHORE METHODS
    For bottom bouncing or spinning, an 8kg to 10kg outfit will cover most applications. There is a lot of current offshore, so you need heavy sinkers. Start at No.4 Baitholders pattern hook for whiting and up to 6/0 Suicide for gummy sharks - bait size dictates. Use a wire trace for seven-gill sharks.

    When bottom bouncing, use a fixed sinker or paternoster rig, with the leader off the line above the sinker. Jigging with lures for couta and squid is popular and 70g lures are common. Always use a short wire leader for couta. Large soft plastic lures will account for both species, as well as flathead and pinkies. When after sharks, establish a berley trail. This will also attract other species.

    Tackle for sharks is a 15kg or 24kg game outfit. You will need a 100kg to 150kg multi-strand wire trace and size 10/0 Mustard 7699 Sea Master hooks. Baits are generally rigged under a float and allowed to hang back in the berley.

    ESTUARIES AND BEACH
    For bream in the estuaries use a running sinker with a No.4 Baitholder pattern hook. In the surf, for larger fish such as gummy sharks and mulloway, use a 3m rod and reel combination suited to lines of 7kg to 9kg breaking strain. Have a running paternoster rig with one leader and 4/0 to 6/0 Suicide pattern hooks. For pinkies, salmon and whiting, 2/0 hooks are better.

    BAIT
    Whiting prefer pipi and pilchard, whilst most fish, including sharks, will eat squid and couta. Use podworm and bass yabby for bream.

    TORQUAY GPS MARKS

    The Hole
    Mainly reef and produces snapper.
    S 38 19 804
    E 144 20 695

    Jarasites Big Reef
    S 38 22 914
    E 144 16 213

    Point Impossible (1)
    Top snapper mark.
    S 38 19 034
    E 144 23 215

    Point Impossible (2)
    22m. Rubble ground 100m west of gig reef. Caves and sinkholes.
    S 38 19 057
    E 144 23 223



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