Stingray Bay

Stingray Bay on the southern shore is properly called Stingaree Bay, but many anglers simply refer to it as Limeburners, due to the boat harbour at Limeburners Point. The boundary of the bay is roughly between the Limeburners Point boat ramp and the sand spit at  Point Henry that abuts the main shipping channel.

This bay produces a consistent variety of quality species. Shore- based anglers can do well off the rock walls, catching snapper, luderick, garfish, King George whiting and flathead. For anglers with boats, King George whiting often run in good numbers, with the best results usually coming from the Spoil Ground, which is situated along the 5 m line a couple of kilometres north-east of the ramp. First and last light is the optimum time for the better whiting, particularly when this coincides with a tide change. During the day, pinkies can be a problem. The Spoil Ground also turns up some good flathead, mainly yanks to 2 kg.

Snapper are a serious prize in these waters and the biggest snapper are caught inside an imaginary line that runs from the boat ramp to the Point Henry weather station. In other words, work inside the bay in the shallower areas for the big snapper.

The best snapper fishing is from about mid-autumn through the winter months when the stingrays have moved on. Daylight snapper are mainly pinkies, and many of these will be undersize. After sunset though, bigger snapper in the 3–6 kg bracket come and go. The run of fish isn’t as consistent as some anglers like but it provides an opportunity to catch snapper through winter.

One of the quirks of this bay is the tidal flow. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the tide is on the flood or the ebb; water movement is always east towards Point Henry.

The boat ramp consists of a double and a single ramp and will easily handle boats up to about 7 m.   There are pontoon jetties to tie your boat off, a well-lit carpark and a wash-down area. Unlike many Port Phillip ramps, there is no launching fee – yet – and the fish-cleaning facilities are a treat.

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