McLoughlins Beach, Victoria

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McLoughlins Beach is a popular destination for Melbourne fishos as it has a long jetty that produces most species, with estuary and offshore grounds for boaters, and surf fishing on the nearby Ninety Mile Beach.

The jetty and inlet produce squid, bream, estuary perch, luderick, whiting, KG whiting, trevally, mullet, salmon and flathead.

Snapper are caught by boat in the deeper inlet entrance.

Big flathead are on the local flats and channel edges in summer.

Expect strong currents in the channels, especially at the entrance.

Local facilities include a boat ramp, jetty and a footbridge that gives access to Ninety Mile Beach, where snapper, mulloway, shark, salmon and tailor are caught.

Reeves Beach is the southernmost section of Ninety Mile Beach accessible by road, via Reeves Beach Road. There is a camping area behind the beach.

A 4WD track runs at the back of the dunes, joining the foot track from McLoughlins Beach.

McLoughlins Beach itself has a picnic shelter, playground and toilets.

The South Gippsland region offers some of Victoria’s best fishing, especially for larger snapper, whiting, flathead, kingfish and gummy sharks.

The area that makes it great is vast Corner Inlet north of Wilsons Promontory, which extends east to McLoughlins Beach.

McLoughlins is reached from Yarram on the South Gippsland Highway.

The jetty near the McLoughlins boat ramp is a great spot for those without a boat, and those who make the 3km walk to the sea entrance will find superb surf fishing, with the
chance of snapper or large salmon.

The inlet has big flathead, spotted whiting, garfish, mullet and flounder.

Yabbies can be pumped on the flats and beach worms can be caught in the surf.

Fishing is best in summer, with mainly trevally, salmon and tailor in winter.

Nearby Robertsons Beach has good landbased fishing on the Tarra River channel at low tide, with big flathead and spotted whiting, and mulloway at night.

Fishing gear for Victorian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Some external videos filmed around McLoughlins Beach are featured below.

McLoughlins Beach aerial footage

McLoughlins Beach flathead

McLoughlins Beach aerial footage footage

Corner Inlet boating

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