You can try your luck fishing in most areas along the coast but always remember, rock fishing is the world's most dangerous sport.
The island has an exposed coast on the south and protected waters, to varying degrees, elsewhere.
Much safer is if you join any of the number of charter fishing expeditions that depart from Newhaven and San Remo, or you can hire boats from Rhyll and Corinella.
A large variety of fish can be caught in Western Port, such as Flathead, Snapper, Channel Whiting, King George Whiting (Sept - June), Gummy Shark (Oct-May), Pike (Nov - July), Australian Salmon (May - Feb), etc. Squid are also common from Nov - April and can usually be procured off all the jetties, located in the towns around the coast.
A license is required for amateur fishing at Western Port and there are regulations on minimum size fish, bait gathering and the techniques allowed for taking of various species.
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Walking Cape Woolamai takes, on average, around 4 hours. Yes, you could do it in three or, if you dawdle, it might take you more. As a man with camera in hand it always takes me a little longer but, then, I have some wonderful memories when I delve through the archives at a later date.
You start at the surf club at Woolamai Beach and then east.
Now, if you take the normal route you'll soon come across a set of steps that you ascend and it puts you on the easy trail that goes along the top of the cliffs.
If you take the way I went (definitely not at high tide with big seas as death may result!) then you'll arguably see more spectacular scenery but also have a tougher walk as there's a fair bit of rock hopping involved.
Though it may look like a dead end you can get through the point at the end but, once through, you'll have to climb out. You'll see the thin track where others have been before.
It's a route of spectacular scenery I like to think; you can judge by the pictures I've included.
The second part of the walk takes you along the smooth beach of the inlet, away from the dramatic coastal scenery and past an abandoned granite quarry.
Equipment: Make sure you have adequate footwear, particularly if you take the way I went, and don't forget a water bottle or two, always essential when walking in Australia as dehydration is a problem.
Directions: Start at the Woolamai Surf Club carpark, walk onto the beach and turn left.
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Surfing is a popular thing on the island but, be warned, the water isn't always warm. My son surfed both Woolamai and Flynns Beach with the water at the latter being noticeably warmer. Waves were good quality at both venues with the Flynns break being deceptively strong. It may look fat from the shore but there's plenty of force in the waves.
Equipment: You may need a thick steamer, you have been warned.