Fishing locations Frankston Pier has always been a popular fishing destination along Port Phillip Bay that offers a good range of fishing species for anglers all year round. The pier was build way back in 1857 and the received an extension facelift in 1864, it become an iconic part of a vibrant township that has a lot to offer in the surrounding areas. An artificial reef was recently established by the DEPI towards the end of the pier which will offer great fishing in years to come.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

garfish, salmon, snapper, trevally, flathead

BEST BAITS AND LURES

When targeting garfish glassies and silver fish are great options. Also small pieces of pilchard or chicken. For other bigger species Pilchards, Chicken, Squid, Maggots. Soft Plastics and Blades when fished from certain jetties and piers also work a treat for pinkies, flathead, and Trevally.

Paternoster rig works well with sinker options to suit your desired casting distance.

ROD SETUP

If targeting garfish a very light  8 foot rod with a 1-3 kilo rod with a 2000 reel is ideal. Then suspending your baits from a float and hook small enough to fit in a gars mouth. otherwise an all-round rod setup which will allow me to target a different range of fish and sizes. Usually 2 – 8 kilo class rod capacity, with a 4000 size reel. I’ll generally have line around 8 pound, with a nice strong leader.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

I prefer most spots on piers in the early morning. High tide usually sees a big run of pinkies in summer, and low tide generally produces a healthy amount of flathead.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

A great family location with ample parking, toilet facilities, near by playgrounds and restaurants.

KNOWN HAZARDS

Often there are rows of fisherman so the biggest danger will be avoiding line tangles or walking behind someone who is casting, so be weary of those around you. Rays and Banjos can be common here which is more of a pest then a danger.