The Torquay Angling Club was founded in 1961 to give local anglers the opportunity to fish the waters of Bass Strait. The natural shelter provided by Point Danger from the prevailing south-west ocean swell provides one of the few safe launch and retrieve areas on the west coast.
The club was incorporated in 1982 and maintains an active membership of approximately 500 members, including families. Committee meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm. All members are welcome to attend.
The club runs a number of Torquay fishing events during the year, including the club championship which concludes at the end of August followed by the Clubs Award presentation night in October.
The clubrooms are usually open most mornings and afternoons and members and members guests are welcome to drop in for a tea, coffee or a cold drink and share their fishing stories.
Bass Strait provides an infinite source of entertainment for the angler. Weather conditions permitting, fish are taken year round along the coast. However, as the weather improves in late spring, the fishing activity also increases with the arrival of huge numbers of Snapper on their annual migration into Port Phillip Bay to spawn. Good numbers of snapper, up to 10Kg, are taken from around AFL Grand Final Day to mid December. A regular check on the Club Brag Board will keep you in touch with the latest fishing catches (all species).
Flathead, whiting, snapper, salmon and gummy sharks may be caught from the beach at Fishos or from your boat within sight of the Clubrooms.
Venturing further afield offshore at Black Rock, Torquay and Jan Juc, the variety of species caught include, gummy shark, snapper, whiting, salmon, couta, garfish, squid (calamari and aero), kingfish, trevally, sweep, flathead and for the seriously adventurous, deep off shore fishing can produce good catches of a variety of species of sharks.