Welcome to the Kerferd Pier Fishing guide. The Kerfred road pier was constructed in 1889 and is located in Port Melbourne roughly 20 minutes drive from the CBD. A popular spot with close by cafes and shops. The pier can produce a wide range of species for anglers all year round. It can also provide spectacular Snapper fishing in the summer months. It’s also a popular spot for walkers and cyclist along the adjacent pathways of Port Melbourne and Albert Park.
In 2019 the heritage-listed Kerferd Pier underwent a 1.75 million dollar upgrade. Approximately 60 per cent of the timber decking was replaced to make the pier structurally safe. New piles, new decking and new handrails, the light poles remain fitted to the timber structure whilst the light fittings have been upgraded to LED. This is expected to extend the life of the pier for the next 25 years.
From Kerferd road pier, you will see the adjacent piers in princess pier, Lagoon pier and station pier.
Fishing Kerferd road Pier Port Melbourne
As the video above highlights, the immediate area is a terrific fishing location. Snapper and Pinkies are probably the most targeted fish species here particular in summer. However, you can also target flathead, barracouta, garfish, tailor, flounder, bream, whiting, salmon, trevally, gummy shark, mulloway and mullet. When fishing from a pier like this one an all-round rod setup might be a good option allowing you to target multiple species at once. A 3-5 kilo rod with a 3000 size reel spooled with 15-pound braid and equivalent leader is a great starting point.
Another good approach is to use a 10-12 foot surf rod paired with a 4000, 5000 or 6000 size reel. Spooled with 20-40 pound line and equivalent leader finished with 5/0 or 6/0 hooks will allow you to cast out far and target snapper, gummy sharks and mulloway.
Good bait choices include pilchards, blue bait, squid, pipis, mussels, maggots, whiting fillets and raw chicken. Rigs worth considering are simple running sinker setup and a paternoster rigs. They will allow you to cast far and target multiple species. does the trick in this location for many species. Using burley really does help keep the fish around. If you’re targeting large snapper and gummy sharks then a full pilchard or squid head with a size 5/0 or 6/0 Mustad hook is a great way to go.
When bait fishing for snapper and gummy sharks a suitable setup with your surf rod is a Paternoster rig with a heavy sinker attached to cast out far. This gives you 2 separate baits at different heights.
Another great variation is to present 1 full bait with double snelled hooks. This rig is perfect when your target multiple species such as snapper, salmon, mulloway and gummy sharks
If you’re flicking lures then the choices are endless. Our goto choices have been 4-inch jerk shads, and grub styles soft plastics and curl tails. These rigged on a 1/8 or 1/6 ounce jig head is a great combination for snapper and pinkies. Other good options include crab imitations, blades and vibes. When flicking a 3-5 kilo rod with a 3000 size reel spooled with 15-pound braid and equivalent leader is a great starting point. You could also try going ultra-light such as 2-4 kilo capacity coupled with a 2000 size reel. Spool the reel with 6 or 4-pound braid finished with a rod length of 4 pounds or 6 pounds Fluro carbon leader.
Much patience is needed at Kerfred road pier. Especially if you are targeting a bigger fish with heavier gear and big baits. It’s best to follow the tides. The low tide seems to bring good runs of flathead and salmon and the high tide consistently produces a good volume of snapper, pinkies and bream. With the hours of first and, last light are good times to fish regardless of the tides. The full moon is often a good time to target mulloway and gummy sharks and new moon to target snapper. Many of the bigger fish are often caught at night.
Only 2 fishing lines permitted, Always carry your Victorian fishing license, and always follow catch limits. Where possible we encourage catch and release. If fishing from a kayak always take the necessary safety precautions and keep your distance from boats. Here is our guide on Kayak safety
It was quite rocky in the shallower edges so reel your lines in quickly to avoid getting snagged. This pier is in a highly-populated area often there are rows of fisherman everywhere so the biggest danger will be avoiding line tangles or walking behind someone who is casting, so be wary of those around you.
Things to do in Port Melbourne
Port Melbourne is a stylish township where high rise residential buildings and cafes run along the bay. It’s a great place for dinner with many restaurants along bay street. Your only a short distance away from the West Gate Bridge, Melbourne CBD. This stretch is very popular with walking, cycling and jogging along the paved walkways along the beach. There are also dog-friendly beaches. A great time to walk along the beach is on sundown. A scenic area is great for photo opportunities. Take the kids for ice cream and play in the sandy beach area. There are many piers along this stretch such as Kerferd road pier, lagoon pier, station pier and princess pier. Due to its deep waters, many large boats will be moored along station pier. Including the spirit of Tasmania, Queen Elizabeth, large shipping vessels and navy vessels.
A short distance away you can take a hot air balloon ride and overlook the bay and piers along Port Melbourne. You can also jump on board cruise ships that will take you around Port Melbourne, Williamstown and stretches of the Yarra River. Of course, this area is also well known as a top fishing location around Melbourne. Hence this Kerferd Pier Fishing Guide. Deep waters easily accessible and wonderful catches of snapper annually.
Port Melbourne is a hotspot for catching juvenile snapper called pinkies. You can catch them in big numbers as this novelty video highlights catching 50 fish in 1 hour using hot dogs as bait.
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