Welcome to the fishing location guide for Portsea Pier. Portsea is a beautiful township home to the rich and famous. This is a lovely vibrant town great for weekend getaways with the family. It’s roughly 60 kilometres away from Melbourne. It’s an entrance to Port Phillip bay directly opposite the Bellarine Peninsula with the next closest land spot being Queenscliff. Many visitors travel to this spot to catch the ferry between Portsea and Queenscliff. With clear waters, weed beds and fishing in roughly 6-meter deep water, it offers a vast array of fishing species to target and excellent land-based squid fishing.
Things to do at Portsea
Portsea is the furthermost point along the Mornington Peninsula next to popular townships such as Sorrento and Rye. It has a lovely beach which is patrolled by the local surf life-saving club. Surfing is a popular activity to do here. It’s a spot that is well known for brilliant scuba diving with seals, sea dragons, rays and dolphins a regular encounter. There are terrific walks along the cliffside to take in the multi-million dollar houses overlooking the ocean. Its a beautiful spot with surrounding beaches, rock pools, ocean views and plenty of photo opportunities. There is available parking, toilets, shops, parks, BBQ’s and cafes. It’s also a spot to catch the renowned ferry to the Bellarine peninsula. It’s the direct entrance to Port Phillip by and the township is surrounded by the ocean. The town has lots of character with lovely beach fronts, historic shop fronts, restaurants and cafes many overlooking the harbour.
There are several local attractions including snorkelling tours to see the local wild sea life. On offer is also kayaking and boating day and half-day tours to see the local reefs and historic shipwreck. There are also local charter boats ready to take you out for a days fishing. Why not try a scenic walk or bike ride of the point Nepean trial to see the most further point of the Mornington Peninsula. There is also the Portsea golf course off Relph avenue. In the not too far distance, you have the Peninsula hot springs, wineries, lighthouses, championship golf courses, maze and gardens, adventure playgrounds and much more. The Mornington Penisula is a great destination for families with many activities to suit everyone in the family. Nearby townships include Cape Schnack, Rye, & Sorrento.
Fishing at Portsea Pier
Portsea pier allows anglers to fish to a depth of around 4 meters. There are many different species of fish that you can target and they all require slightly different setups. Let’s start by saying that you can catch squid, snapper, whiting, salmon, flathead, mullet, garfish, trevally, wrasse, leather jacket, rays and gummy sharks at this destination. Fishing 2 hours either side of the tide is best or fishing dawn or dusk. The area is quite weedy so you will want to use rigs with your baits slightly elevated to avoid snags and weed.
A good all-round option is a general-purpose fishing rod combo which will allow you to target multiple species at once. This might be a 3-5 kilo fishing rod coupled with a 3000 size reel spooled with 8-pound line. You’re most likely to catch many small pinkies, whiting, garfish, leather jackets and flathead so you don’t need to fish too heavy but need to be prepared for the odd large snapper. Using a basic paternoster rig with some fresh bait will work well for many different species of fish on Portsea pier.
If your specifically targeting garfish, whiting and leather jackets then consider using small hooks as these species have small mouths and using small hooks such as a size 12 long shank will increase your catch rates. We would also recommend berleying the area you are fishing which is a great way to attract garfish and whiting. You can buy premade berley or make your own using breadcrumbs and tuna oil.
Good bait options will include pilchards, silver whiting, pipis, raw chicken, squid strips, maggots, silverfish. You can also fish this area with soft plastics to target pinkies and flathead. Picking the right conditions will be important to ensure you can cast your soft plastics far enough out. Also, keep in mind that this area is all rock so you are very prone to having your sinkers and jog heads snagging up on the rocks. This might take some time to work out how to effectively fish this area without loosing to much gear.
Squid fishing at Portsea pier
Squid is likely the most targeted species at Portsea pier. The area is full of weed beds which makes a great ecosystem for squid. The fishing for squid can be exceptional during the night and the pier is often full of anglers during the dark. You can learn more about targeting squid here by reading our detailed guide on How to catch squid at Portsea Pier
If your chasing squid then a light fishing rod between 7.5 foot and 9 foot in length is ideal. There are plenty of egi rods on the market fit for purpose. I have found myself fishing with a 7 foot 6 inch rod here with great success. Having a 300 size reel spooled with 10-pound braid and leader. For other fishing in this area, a general-purpose medium fishing outfit is ideal. This will allow you to cover a whole range of fish species. Perhaps starting with a 7 foot or 8 foot rod paired with a 3000 or 4000 reel spooled with 12-pound lines.
Squid jigs can be prone to snagging in this area, and we have found a lot of locals using the smaller size of 2.5 and 3.0 gram jigs and working them slowly to avoid this problem.
Check out a recent video of us fishing the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsula.
Known hazards at Portsea pier
Many rods being cast in a condensed area so be mindful of others casting around you
Additions and corrections of this location
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