The Great Ocean Road is a spectacular stretch of coastline that starts at Torquay in Victoria and heads west for 250 kilometers until it reaches Allansford near Warrnambool. Iconic locations such as Bell’s beach and the twelve apostles are some of the many attractions along the journey. Our adventure took us to Warnambool for a variation of surf ‘n turf, combining the highly rated southern rock lobster with award winning dairy from the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory.
Along with exploring commercial lobster fishing we also snuck-in a bit of a recreational fishing. Shore based fishing is favorite with many anglers in the area and the breakwall protecting Warrnambool Harbour provides a great place to wet a line. After setting a good burley trail around the end of the breakwall small Salmon turned up and provided us with a little fun on the lighter tackle. The rig we used was quite simple just a small lead sitting right on top of the hook and Pilchard and Prawns as bait. The gear used can vary from spot to spot, I like longer rods and the Shimano Eclipse beach rods and OC Bait runners 6000 spooled with Schneider Braid 10kg, this outfit will cover quite a few different types of fishing from the shore, from spinning metals, bait fishing or live baiting.
The region around Warrnambool has a range of fishing options to explore, from rock and beach to estuary and offshore. The locals tell us there’s some good trout in nearby streams as well! A special thanks to all the crew at WCBF & Allansord Hotel for your hospitality!