Robe has a great variety of fishing spots condensed into a relatively small area, including rock, beach, harbour, lake and boat fishing.
ROCK FISHING: Salmon, mullet, snapper, sweep. Best Bait: cockles, cray tail, pilchards, red meat, fish strips.
From the rocky area inside Guichen Bay try float fishing with light gear for sweep or one of the many rock species. There are also many suitable rock areas on the ocean side, stretching right around to Nora Creina. A word of Caution! -watch out for large waves and unsafe cliffs. Once again float fishing is best but heavier gear can be used if trying for salmon etc. Mullet can be fished from the rocks near the blow hole. Snapper can also be tried for from these areas but be prepared to lose some gear through snags.
BEACH FISHING: Salmon, mulloway, rays, flathead, snapper, small shark and King George whiting. Baits: cockle (for whiting), fish fillets, pilchards, squid or octopus.
For this type of fishing longer rods are normally required but if not available try what you have. Excellent surf beaches stretch from Long Gully through to Robe's
LIGHTHOUSE: These are fully accessible by 4WD or you can take conventional vehicles as far as possible by road and then on foot. A good beach is just south of the lighthouse and another through the rubbish tip to Evans Beach (15 mins heavy walking).
To the north, Long Beach has a good spot for mulloway and small shark in the gutters near the third ramp. 19 km north of Robe is Wrights Bay where snapper, flathead and King George whiting are caught from the beach. A broken reef runs adjacent to the beach, from 10 to 100 metres off shore-you can lose a bit of gear.
HARBOUR FISHING: Mulloway, mullet, salmon trout, whiting, flathead and bream. Baits: lures (for Mulloway),
pilchards, cockles, worms, whitebait, cray tails or small saltwater yabbies (clickers) which can be pumped at very low tide from the southern end of Long Beach. Many fine mulloway are caught here between September and May.
LAKE FISHING: Bream. Bait: yabbies, prawns, whitebait.
Fishing for the wily bream in Lake Battye, Lake Nunan or Pub Lake can be very rewarding, especially with yabbies, however prawns and whitebait are the best bought baits. This type of fishing is best at sunrise, sunset or on an overcast day. Bream up to 2 kg have been caught in these areas. There are excellent spots all round these lakes that can be reached by the many tracks leading in from the road.
BOAT FISHING: The weather and tide movement are the number one priorities during summer months. Conditions are generally calmer early in the morning until approx. 10am. The wind direction usually turns anti-clockwise from day to day until it finally reaches north again and will freshen. Often on the first day of the northerly wind, it drops off towards evening.
Under most conditions it is safe to fish the areas close to shore from Robe jetty to Long Beach and up to 1 km offshore. Fish that are caught in this area include whiting, flathead, salmon, mullet, garfish and the odd snapper.
For fishing outside this area a good sea boat of at least 5 metres is a minimum requirement. The wind can rise very quickly and cause trouble if you are not prepared. If after observing the above you are doubtful about the outside sea conditions, observe the conditions from the Obelisk or nearby. Then if necessary check again later to see if there is any further deterioration or improvement.
The passage through the boat channel is due SW as you will see by observing the passage of the cray boats. Alternatively you may leave the bay by the old shipping lane which is NW and can be lined up with the beacons at Sea Vu Caravan Park and One Tree Hill (Beacon Hill Lookout).
Once outside the bay, reef areas abound (snapper and sweep etc.) If you have an echo sounder look for the higher peaks and drop offs. If not, and there is a swell, look for the "bowls".
Caution: Keep well away if breaks show up on larger swells.
Drifting can also be productive in these areas, anchoring when fish are found.
Burley is a must for good fish catches. A cheaper variety can be obtained by using chicken pellets or bran and pollard, mixed with a little tuna oil. Do not overfeed-use your baited hook.
Good areas for night dabbing garfish are above weed patches, 500m straight out from the jetty, breakwater, Robe Hotel and the Sea Vu Caravan Park. The sand patches out towards Baudin's Island are good for flathead and excellent whiting and sweep are found nearer the rocks. Proceed with caution.
Maps and tide times can be sourced from the Visitor Information Centre.
SURFING/ KITE SURFING
There are some great surfing and kite surfing locations along the Robe coastline. For more information on surfing schools, kite surfing operators and hot spots, contact the Visitor Information Centre. The local surf shop is a good source for inside information.
A popular place for water skiing is Lake Fellmongery as you come into Robe; otherwise known as "The Ski Lake". For more information on the water ski club and facilities contact the Visitor Information Centre.
SAILING, CANOEING & KAYAKING
Sailing lessons are available during the summer months through the Robe Yacht Club, for all enthusiastic sailors. A canoeing and kayaking business operates in Robe. Further details can be obtained by contacting the Robe Visitor Information Centre.
FOUR WHEEL DRIVING
Four Wheel Driving is a popular activity at any time of year, in and around Robe. An information pack can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre for $1.00, which contains a tide times chart, 4WD tips, and details on National Parks and treks within the district.
There are several options for walking trails in Robe. Take the coastal walk and view the rugged cliffs or venture along the streets of Robe to encounter the heritage buildings and history. Brochures can be found at the Visitor Information Centre.
-Tiger Moth Flights
-Hire a Mountain Bike
-Visit the Skate Park
Visit the Robe Visitor Information Centre across from the Foreshore for details on all adventure activities.