Fishing locations Hastings pier can be found in Hastings along Skinner street overlooking Western Port which can produce all year round fishing. Often greeted by hungry pelicans this spot is best fished on high tide as low tide fishing will have your baits in very shallow water.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

whiting, salmon, trevally, snapper, flathead, Rays

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Pippies, Bluebait, Prawn, Pilchards, Chicken, Squid, Maggots. If your chasing something bigger then a live mullet or large piece of squid is a good option. Soft Plastics and Blades also work a treat for pinkies, flathead, and Trevally. Paternoster rig works well with sinker options to suit your desired casting distance.

ROD SETUP

I generally use an all-round rod setup which will allow me to target a different range of fish and sizes. Usually 3–5 kilo class rod capacity, with a 3000 or 4000 size reel. I’ll generally have line around 8 pound, with a nice strong leader.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

High tide usually sees a big run of pinkies in summer, and low tide generally produces a healthy amount of flathead.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

There are near by parking and bbq facilities. Make sure you keep a close eye on the kids them and make sure you keep them amused. If you’re not catching they’ll likely get bored pretty quickly so take some extra stuff to keep them occupied.

KNOWN HAZARDS

I have seen people catch these and curiously hold to find out what type of species of fish it is. This is very dangerous and a small prick from one of its spikes will have you in hospital with severe pain. So do be careful if you don’t know what type of species it is, then ask someone around you before handling.