Welcome to our Fishing guide for Flinders Pier. Flinders Pier is located roughly 1 hour and 25 minutes or 100 kilometres away from Melbourne along the Mornington Peninsula. The pier is 250 meters long overlooking Western Port, Phillip Island and the Bass straight. Flinders is a charming township with beautiful scenic views. The township got its name from the explorer Matthew Flinders who was one of the first settlers in the immediate area in 1854. The township now has amazing fishing opportunities and a big reputation for squid. Thanks to a recent 2 million dollar major renovation back in 2010 this pier has become a top quality fishing location. With crystal clear waters, weed beds and fishing in roughly 6 meters deep water it offers a vast array of fishing species to target and excellent land-based location for targeting squid.
Things to do at Flinders Mornington Peninsula
This is a beautiful spot with surrounding beaches and rock pools. This is a popular destination for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Weedy sea dragons have been heavily featured in this area within the weed beds underneath the pier. Port Jackson sharks can be spotted. The immediate area has toilet facilities and ample parking is available in front of the pier. The kids will need to be closely supervised when on the pier.
Flinders is a bright small seaside township along the Mornington Peninsula. The town has cafes, bakery, boutique shops, cottages, golf course, and breathtaking views. The township is quite small however it’s very popular and has a high property market value. The beach is popular for swimmers and snorkelers. With Port Jackson sharks a common encounter for snorkelers. There are many great walking trails for those to get some exercise and take in the stunning views. The Flinders golf course is very unique with many holes calved around beachfront and cliff faces. The course too has stunning views overlooking western port and bass straight and is certainly a course worthy of the travel. Then there is the pier which is a major drawcard. The recent renovation makes it an excellent fishing destination.
In the not too far distance, you have the Peninsula hot springs, wineries, lighthouses, championship golf courses, maze and gardens, adventure playgrounds and much more. The Mornington Penisula is a great destination for families with many activities to suit everyone in the family. Nearby townships include Cape Schnack, Rye, Sorrento, and many more.
Fishing at Flinders Pier
Flinders pier has a great reputation for quality squid fishing. The whole pier is surrounded by quite weedy vegetation which makes amazing grounds for large squid. It does take some time to master fishing here. You’re also likely to catch whiting, salmon, wrasse, barracouta, pike, snapper, trevally, leather jacket, port Jackson sharks and rays. For these fish, we would recommend using the following baits pilchards, blue bait, silver whiting, raw chicken, squid. Some of our most memorable catches have been very golden trevally and large squid.
You will catch many small fish such as leather jackets but need to be prepared for the odd large fish such as a Trevally, snapper or Shark. Often I will use a running sinker rig to a swivel and 50cm of strong leader finished with a Pilchard tail or small squid head. If you chasing pinkies then a paternoster rig with raw chicken breast will fish very well. Soft plastics are a great option to use at Flinders Pier. We would recommend lightly weighted curl tails paddle tails and minnow imitations. These will allow you to target multiple species of fish. These can fish cast out into open water or fish hard up against the pier.
Fishing dawn or dusk on the incoming high tide will be your best chance especially when the wind is chopping up a little
Check out a recent video of us fishing the Mornington Peninsula and Flinders pier.
Squid fishing at Flinders Pier
Squid is the most targeted species at Flinders pier and for good reason. The whole area is quite shallow with much weed which holds squid in good numbers. You can also catch them in good sizes in this area. You can learn more about targeting squid here by reading our detailed guide on How to catch squid at Flinders Pier
If your chasing squid then a light fishing rod between 7.5 foot and 9 foot in length is ideal. There are plenty of egi rods on the market fit for purpose. I have found myself fishing with a 7 foot 6 inch rod here with great success. Having a 300 size reel spooled with 10 pound braid and leader. For other fishing in this area, a general-purpose medium fishing outfit is ideal. This will allow you to cover a whole range of fish species. Perhaps starting with a 7 foot or 8 foot rod paired with a 3000 or 4000 reel spooled with 12 pound lines.
Squid jigs are prone to snagging in this area, and we have found a lot of locals using the smaller size of 2.5 and 3.0 gram jigs to avoid this problem.
Known hazards at Flinders Pier
Flinders can be a very windy destination. Gale force winds from where the bass straight meets western port can blow directly on those fishing and walking the pier. Make sure you check weather conditions before fishing. Also, there are often many rods being cast in a condensed area so be mindful of others casting around you
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