Welcome to the Frankston Pier Fishing Guide. Frankston Pier has always been a popular fishing destination along Port Phillip Bay. The pier offers a good range of fishing species for anglers all year round. The pier was built way back in 1857 and the received an extension facelift in 1864. It has become an iconic part of a vibrant township that has a lot to offer in the surrounding areas. In 2012 an artificial reef was deployed by the DEPI. It 40 meters out from the end of the pier which will offer great fishing in years to come. In August 2019 Frankston pier made the news as part of the pier was swept away due to gale force winds.

Please note that in 2020 the Frankston Pier has been temporarily closed. A $670,000 fund to repair the pier was completed between April – August 2020. The upgrade notes include 62 piles to be driven along the main section of the pier.

Things to do at Frankston Pier

Frankston pier is located just off the Nepean highway taking pier promenade exit around 1-hour drive from Melbourne. There is plenty of free available parking. The pier is situated near the Frankston boat ramp and yacht club opposite Kananook creek. It’s a nice family location with cafes, toilet facilities, nearby playgrounds and restaurants. Frankston Beach is a great spot to take the family for a swim, sunbake, stand up paddleboarding, or playing on the sand. With shallow waters and onsite local surf, life-saving club. It’s also a great place to take the dog for a walk whilst enjoying the views of Olivers Hill along the boardwalk. 

Closeby there is the aquatic centre, artistic sculptures, botanic gardens, golf course and adventure playgrounds. During summer the sand sculptures are often a great attraction to the area. Frankston is also the gateway to the Mornington peninsula and attractions such as the hot springs and highly acclaimed golf courses.     

Fishing at Frankston Pier

At Frankston pier, you can target garfish, salmon, snapper, trevally, mullet, flathead and more. This location can fish well with both soft plastics and bait. Therefore a general-purpose fishing rod combo is a good way to target multiple species at the same time.  Over the years some good size snapper has been caught towards the end of the pier. Check out our guide on targeting snapper around Melbourne.

A popular species to target at Frankston is garfish. Good bait options for this will include glassies, silverfish, maggots or small pieces of pilchard or chicken. For garfish a light and sensitive rod are essential. Ideally, an 8-foot fishing rod with a 1-3 kilo rod with a 2000 reel spooled with 4-pound line is ideal. Then suspending your baits from a float and hook small enough to fit in a gars mouth.

In the cooler months, schools of salmon will congregate around Frankston pier. We would recommend having with you some long casting metal lures around 40grams in weight and a 9 to 10-foot rod ready in case a school of samon come by. Catching salmon from piers can be amazing fun if you happen to be there at the right moment.

Targeting salmon check out this crazy bust-up that our team stumbled upon

Frankston Pier techniques to catch fish

For other species of fish an all-round rod setup which will allow me to target a different range of fish and sizes. Either a running sinker rig or paternoster rig with a sinker attached to suit your desired casting distance. A 7 foot 2-4 or 3-5 kilo fishing rod, with a 3000 size reel spooled with 10-pound line and equivalent leader is a great starting point. You can go heavier or lighter depending on what you’re targeting. Good bait options include pilchards, raw chicken, squid and blue bait. If you plan on targeting snapper or gummy sharks then you may choose to go heavier with a 7 foot 6 inch 4-7 kilo rod and 4000 size reel spooled with 12-20 pound line.

Soft plastics and blades will also work well here slowly hopped off the bottom with some pauses and erratic lifts. This technique works a treat for pinkies, flathead, and Trevally.

This location fishes well in the early morning, especially during an incoming high tide, usually sees a big run of pinkies in summer. Low tide generally produces a healthy volume of flathead. During the warmer months try and get a spot towards the end of the pier and cast towards the artificial reefs. This will be your best chance of landing a good size pinkie or snapper.

Frankston Pier in the headlines

In 2012 Frankston Pier made news headlines by receiving a new artificial reef.

In 2019 it was back in the headlines after a section of the Frankston pier swept away by gale-force winds


Known Hazards at Frankston Pier

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


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Additions or Corrections for this location

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