Fishing @ BMYS

We are blessed and privileged as members of BMYS to have our fantastic boating facilities right on the doorstep to the best fishing grounds in Victoria.

BMYS represents responsible fishing practices and is actively involved with VR Fish (Victorian Recreational Fishing Peak Body), Victorian Fisheries Authority and The Nature Conservancy (establishing ShellFish Reefs). Max Trist (Former Fishing Director) organised a protest against scallop dredging in 1994 with over 5,000 anglers gathered on step of Parliament House and over 200 boats on trailers towed around central Melbourne, creating a mass protest.  As a result, 6 months later, scallop dredging was stopped in Port Phillip Bay, with a Government buy back. We can thank Max and our members for the returning of the water quality and fish stocks, since the buyback and also the reduction in netting.

Fishing Events organised by the BMYS Fishing Committee are family orientated and each year gain in popularity.

Our main Fishing Event for the year is the Inaugural Gala Fishing Competition and in 2018 will be its 34th season. This event was first organised in 1985 by Brian McNaughton, who then went on to become Commodore. Held on the 2nd weekend in November each year. Except for 2018, due to the clash with Remembrance Day. The Event caters for families, with many prizes dedicated to Ladies and Juniors. We have a long-standing history with other kindred clubs such as Albury Wodonga Sport Fishing Club, Wangaratta and District Sports Club, Knox Club Sport Fishing Club, Orbost Angling Club and Brighton Central Angling Club who all still attend each year. Our Sponsors for the event, some since inception, remain strongly supportive of our club. Sponsors such as Southern Sport Fishing, Shimano, JV Marine, AJ Thomas Campers, Maxima, JM Gillies have all been longtime sponsors.

Our fishing syllabus, through out the year contains not only competitions based from BMYS, but we travel to Hastings, Phillip Island and Orbost to name a few. We even have twilight mid-week competitions for snapper and squid, which are well attended. Each year we hold many Fishing Lecture nights with prominent speakers from Victorian Fisheries and experts in Recreational Fishing as well as Seafood Cooking demonstrations for the whole family.

The BMYS Fishing Committee is always on hand to lend advise on techniques and what’s biting. Make sure you participate in some of the fishing events throughout the year as this is a great way to learn more and meet new friends.