Flinders Pier is 250 meters long and located within the small town of Flinders within the Mornington Peninsula. Overlooking Western Port, Phillip Island and the Bass straight Flinders is a vibrant township and a beautiful scenic area. 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.
Video report from Flinders Pier
What fish can I catch at Flinders Pier
At Flinders pier your likely to catch squid, whiting, salmon, wrasse, barracouta, pike, snapper, trevally, leather jacket, port Jackson sharks and rays. Some of our most memorable catches have been very golden trevally and large squid.
What are the best baits to use at Flinders Pier
We would recommend using pilchards, blue bait, silver whiting, raw chicken, squid.
Squid jigs for Flinders Pier
Squid is one of the most targeted fish at Flinders pier and for good reason, it’s quite a shallow system with much weed which holds squid in good numbers. To learn more about catching squid in Flinders read this detailed article.
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.
What are the best lures and soft plastics use at Flinders Pier
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.
Rod, Reel and line setup for 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.
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
Most productive times to fish Flinders Pier
Fishing dawn or dusk on the incoming high tide will be your best chance especially when the wind is chopping up a little
Is Flinders Pier a family friendly location
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. Flinders is a bright township with cafes, ice cream stalls and accommodation. There are also nearby scenic walks and parks to take the family. The immediate area has toilet facilities. The kids will need to be closely supervised when on the pier.
Known hazards at Flinders Pier
Many rods being cast in a condensed area so be mindful of others casting around you
Parking at Flinders Pier
There is ample parking is available in front of the pier
Additions and corrections of this location
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