Southern Port Phillip scallops
  |  First Published: April 2012


People who fish tend to like all things fishy, seafood included. If you love your seafood then this hot spot is sure to excite. Scallops line the floor of Port Phillip and are literally laying on the seabed waiting to be picked up.


January through till April is scallop time as the water is warm enough to enjoy the experience without too much flash gear. Try to time your dive/snorkel for 45 minutes either side of a low tide change. This will mean less current to deal with and shallower water for free diving.


It is as simple as a good wetsuit, booties and fins. Make sure you have a good silicone mask and a snorkel that purges. A weight belt is also critical. The most important piece of equipment will be your catch bag as that’s where the goodies go.


Even though this heading is not really applicable for scallop diving, the scallop gut can be used for berley and is a great bait. Try it on species such as snapper and King George whiting for best results.

You will be impressed.


Anchor your boat in a ‘scallopy’ looking area in between 2-4m of water. Throw around 20m of rope out behind the boat to act as a resting post between dives. Simply look down for the tell tale sign of a scallop on the seabed before diving down to claim your prize.


Scallops are best eaten fresh, so only take what you need and leave the rest for next time.


Try cooking scallop meat in Rice Bran oil after dipping them in FOGDOG original beer batter. They are so tasty that I am salivating just thinking about it.

Paul Worsteling with a tasty feed of scallops from Port Phillip – remember to take only what you need for a feed.

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