October 15 will mark the 5th year of the annual Victorian Deep Sea Fishing Championship competition. The event draws keen anglers from all around Australia all who vie for the prized first place position. Victoria seems to be the fishing mecca in Australia.
Taking place off the Mornington Peninsula area the event draws hundreds of boats who congregate around the port of Hastings. The competition stipulates that all entrants must travel out of the Western Port body of water into the Bass Strait where the deeper water attracts larger fish. Mako shark, Pink Ling, Snapper and even the rare Mahi Mahi or Wahoo are common catches each year. Last year’s winner from Melbourne, Steve who also runs Bagout Charters is also the favourite to take out the gong again this year. We asked him to explain the secrets of his technique, “I’m not going to tell you our edge but if you mix the basis which are finding the fish on the sounder and combining this with tested rigs, bait and movement techniques then you can’t go wrong. Throw in some patience and determination and you will always give yourself a good edge”.
15kms off the coast of Victoria the Bass Strait is teeming with different varieties of native Australian fish species. Further inland, the Westernport region features whiting, snapper, gummy shark and pinkies with are popular with weekend anglers.
All eyes will be on the competition this year and whether the Bagout crew can come away with another win. I was lucky enough to go on one of their deep sea shark charters last year and we had a great day on the water catching 2 mako shark and 1 gummy shark in excellent conditions.
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