Hooked on Bellarine

Recreational fishers and lovers of seafood can celebrate Gone Fishing Day on Sunday 9 October 2022 by joining the festivities at Portarlington’s ‘Hooked on Bellarine’ extravaganza.

This family-friendly event showcases the Bellarine Peninsula as a seafood and fishing mecca on the doorstep of Geelong and an easy day trip from Melbourne.

A Victorian recreational fishing licence will not be required anywhere in the state on National Gone Fishing Day, Sunday 9 October 2022, to encourage more people to give fishing a try.

Important information

When: Sunday 9 October, 2022

Where: Portarlington Safe Harbour foreshore

Time: 10am-4pm


  • Free ‘come and try’ fishing clinics for kids and novices with tuition from experts. Rods, bait and tackle provided - BOOK HERE
  • Free fly casting clinics also on offer - BOOK HERE
  • Talk fishing and footy with Tigers legend and VFA Ambassador Bachar Houli
  • Improve your seafood cooking skills with demonstrations and recipes that everyone can try at home, including dishes featuring locally grown mussels
  • Dr Corey Green from Fisheries talking about snapper, whiting and calamari research
  • Women in Recreational Fishing Network (WIRF) leaders sharing filleting and fishing tips
  • Kids activities
  • Food hub to relax and enjoy waterfront views.