Welcome to the fishing guide for Lorne Pier. Lorne is a very popular holiday destination with clean beaches, great views, a vibrant township and lots of accommodation. The pier is situated in front of the Grand Pacific Hotel roughly 2 hours drive from Melbourne. Originally built in 1879 it was reconstructed in 2006 and is now a beautifully designed pier that allows anglers to target many different species of fish. The often blustery & wavy conditions stir up the water bringing many predatory species. The pier seasonally offers different species to target with salmon often being the prized target during the winter months and Snapper the prized target in Summer.
Things to do at Lorne Pier
Lorne is a very popular holiday destination with plenty of outdoor activities for the family. There are many clean beaches including the main beach which is monitored by the local life-saving club, then there is Scotchman’s hill beach and Shelly beach. Then you can explore Lorne natural beauty and wonders with some amazing waterfalls including Erskine Falls, Won Wondah falls, Henderson falls, Phantom falls, Sheoak falls & Cumberland falls. There are plenty of beautiful scenic walks including Teddy’s lookout, Queens park walk, St Georges river walks, Stony Creek walk and the historic bridge walk. There are also many places perfect for a picnic or BBQ.
Lorne is also well known for the great ocean road which was finished in 1932. A 243-kilometre winding road carefully built between hillsides and surf beaches is a true wonder of Victoria. Starting from Torquay and finishing near Warnambool. Along the journey, you will pass beautiful beaches, remarkable lookouts, vibrant townships, waterfalls, light towers, and finish near the 12 apostles.
Fishing at Lorne Pier
The Lorne pier is a unique fishing destination. It’s quite elevated above the water level overlooking strong tidal waves thanks to winds coming directly from the bass straight. Seals and rays reside at the pier making it challenging at times. When fishing you will be able to catch squid, salmon, snapper, trevally, barracoota, gummy shark, bronze whaler shark, garfish, flathead, grass whiting, leather jackets, mullet, stingrays and more. There are many species to target so and the options endless when choosing rods, reels, bait or lures. However, a general-purpose rod with pilchards might just be a simple yet great starting choice. Many species including salmon, snapper, flathead, trevally and gummy sharks will happily take a pilchard.
An all-round rod setup will allow you 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. I also like to fish using a half pilchard tail with a single hook and half hitch knot.
If you plan on targeting larger species such as 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.
In the cooler months schools of salmon are common. It always pays to have some long casting metal slugs and long rod suitable for casting them. Catching salmon from piers can be amazing fun if you happen to be there at the right moment. Have a look at this video which highlight just how much fun it can be catching salmon.
Squid Fishing at Lorne Pier
Squid is a frequent catch on the pier towards the front and mid parts of the pier. Just look for the squid ink which is a great indicator of where to target them. Anglers do well-suspending squid jigs with the use of a float. There are many squid jigs on the market, however, the local tackle store sells kits ready to go. Check out our detailed guide on how to catch squid in Victoria.
This location fishes well in the early morning, especially during an incoming high tide, usually sees a big run of pinkies in summer. There’s a good chance of landing a good size fish so you will want to rig up more heavily in this area a 4 to 10 kilo capacity rod is ideal. Preferably something around 8 foot long to give you good casting ability. High tide is preferable as more species come in to feed on underneath the Pier during this time. The rising tide brings fish in to feed on the structure. Species like Gummy sharks and Squid are much more active at night and there is adequate lighting for night fishing. In fact, this is a great night fishing location.
Parking is easy with a car park at the pier entrance of the main road. If supervised this can be a nice spot to take the kids. However, make sure you keep a very close eye on them. The conditions are usually rough, windy and waves can crash into the pier.
Known Hazards at Lorne Pier
A big issue at the Lorne Pier is the Seals. I have seen them hiding under the Pier on many occasions. They scare away the fish and look for an easy meal stealing your catches. They can easily ruin a nice days fishing. If I see them hanging around I tend to move onto another location. This is also a very popular location bound to be very busy in peak holiday times, so be weary of other anglers.
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