Venus Bay Activities & Attractions
| Inverloch VIC 3996|
4km from Inverloch on the Tarwin Road.
Great fun for catching fish or just exploring Anderson Inlet - no boat licence required.
4.1m polycraft lic. for 4 pass. $80 for 2hrs, $30ph thereafter.
4.5m polycraft $120 for 2 hrs, $50 ph thereafter.
4.8m Smartwave, lic for 5 pass. $120 for 2 hrs, $50ph thereafter.
5.7m Mac lic. for 6 pass, $150 for 2 hrs, $60ph thereafter.
7.6m punt, lic for 13 passengers, $150 for 2hrs, $60 ph thereafter.
Kayaks: Singles $20 ph, Doubles $40ph.
*All boats require a $100 security deposit, kayaks require $50 security deposit. Life jackets & safety gear provided, rods available for hire and bait may be purchased here. Payment for hire and security bond is by cash only.
**Fuel use will be deducted from your bond at end of your hire.
Also skippered charter vessel lic for 13 pass. offshore and 20 pass. in Anderson Inlet.
|Remember, whether you are freshwater, estuary or saltwater fishing you need a licence.|
Every angler can contribute to the welfare of the environment on which the sport depends. Discarded fishing line and empty food and drink containers should be disposed of thoughfully as not to cause littering and to avoid possible injury to people or animals.
|Anglers visiting the area for the first time will need to pay attention to the tides. |
The Venus Bay surf beaches are within 10 minutes of the Port Phillip Bay Heads.
Mahers Landing boat ramp is approximately 1 hour later. Fisherman’s Jetty 1hr 30 minutes later.
Tarwin River boat ramp 3 hours later.
|There are four boat launching facilities for Anderson Inlet.|
Inverloch Boat Ramp larger boats are advised to enter from the Esplanade (charges apply).
Mahers Landing provides good access but does require a person to hold the boat whilst parking the car and boat trailer.
Fishermans Jetty Venus Bay boats to 14 foot can comfortably access the inlet 2 hours either side of the tide.
Tarwin River boat ramp is best 4 hours either side of the high tide, but access to the inlet can be limited to 2 hours either side of the high tide.
|Excellent all-weather and all tides ramps for boat launching and retrieval are provided at Tarwin Lower, Venus Bay, Toora, Port Welshpool and Port Albert.|
Shore based fishing depends heavily on land access the most popular spots are the jetties at Tarwin Lower, Venus Bay, Port Franklin, (near Foster) Port Welshpool, Port Albert.
Small fishing settlement approx 15km from Foster is a port for boats to enter Corner Inlet along the Franklin River. Local families who still live in the town have fished the Inlet for generations. The Cripps family have a fresh fish shop on the wharf. Or take a line and fish from the jetty near the Co-Op.
Large inlet off Bass Strait has many secluded beaches with foot access only. Great fishing. Launch your boat from 24 hour concrete all tides ramp at Port Welshpool.
|Night fishing for gummy shark requires extensive preparation. |
During daylight hours, select the hole or gutter you choose to fish and leave markers in the sand dunes so as to identify it at night. Berly will help to attract schools of bait fish andcreate crab activity which in turn will induce bottom feeders.A running sinker rig weighted by a 4 ounce sinker with a 700-1000cm leader with 6/0 suicide hook is ideal. Best baits are bonito fillets
cut into long strips, octopus legs, whole pilchards, US squid and fresh fish fillets.
|Venus Bay Fishing-Beach-Surf|
|114 Jupiter Boulevard Venus Bay VIC 3956|
Call in and have a chat to Brent and his friendly staff as to the best place to fish, what bait is best for river, inlet or surf.
The shop is well stocked with bait, fishing gear and accessories, shoes, clothing, Wahu toys, wet suits etc.