Hooked on Bellarine 2018

Anglers and seafood lovers celebrating National Gone Fishing Day on Sunday 14 October need look no further than Portarlington for a family-friendly day on the Bellarine Peninsula. The free ‘Hooked on Bellarine’ event will have something for everyone showcasing the region as a fishing and seafood mecca.

The event will run from 10am until 4pm on the Portarlington Safe Harbour Foreshore.

Hosted by the VFA with support from Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management, the event is funded through the State Government’s Target One Million plan, which is investing a record $46 million to get more people fishing, more often.

Victorian Fisheries Authority’s (VFA) newest ambassador Bachar Houli from the Richmond Football Club. Bachar is a very keen angler and regularly takes his own boat out with friends and family to explore Victoria’s bays and inlets in search of fresh fish.

Sam Goodwin from Masterchef will be showing off his cooking skills with tasty seafood recipes that everyone can try at home featuring Portarlington-grown mussels and fresh fish.

Aaron Habgood from Reel Adventures will be on hand to share fishing tips and secrets on catching more snapper, King George whiting and gummy shark, all fantastic eating species on the dinner table.

For the kids, expert anglers from local fishing clubs will be providing free instruction through several ‘come and try’ clinics on the day. Everything is provided!

Other ‘Hooked on Bellarine’ attractions include:

  • Stands selling freshly cooked seafood and locally made produce, including blue mussels which Portarlington is famous for
  • Dr Corey Green from the VFA on research about snapper, King George whiting and calamari
  • Kristina Royter providing fly casting instruction
  • Kids amusements and activities
  • Local market stalls
  • Tables and chairs to relax and enjoy the waterfront views.