Welcome to the Princess Pier Fishing guide. Princess Pier was built in 1912 and become an iconic location along Port Melbourne. The pier was closed in 1990 due to rotting timber which was unsafe for the public to walk on. But was reopened to the public in 2011 after a 14 million dollar renovation fund part of a state government initiative. What makes this location so unique is the original pier was 580 meters long and the renovated pier is only 190 meters long. Leaving 390 meters of the original stumps left in the ground. This has created an amazing underwater ecosystem for local fish species. The structure has become home to snapper, bream, mulloway, flathead and more.
From Princess pier, you will see the adjacent piers in station pier, lagoon pier and kerfed pier, and quite often see the big ships such as the spirit of Tasmania cruising in. It’s also a great spot to fish with a Kayak and throw lures deep into the stumps and structure. Check out this detailed video we put together about Princess Pier and how to fish there.
Fishing Princess Pier
As the video above highlights, this is a terrific fishing location. Snapper and Pinkies are probably the most targeted fish species here particular in summer. However, the cut pylons produce an amazing structure for bream, snapper, flathead, salmon, mulloway, mullet and more. If you’re flicking lures into the structure 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 to flick amongst the timer is crab imitations, blades and vibes. Allow the soft plastic or lure time to sink towards the bottom of the stumps as that’s where plenty of fish reside.
When flicking amongst the timber I like to rig up a little heavier than normal. 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. But do expect to be busted off by bigger fish or pylons.
When bait fishing from the jetty pilchards, squid, whiting fillets and raw chicken are great bait choices. A combination of a simple running sinker setup and a paternoster rig 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 unweighted pilchard with a size 5 Mustad hook is a great way to go.
If your fishing from the pier an all-round setup might be a good way to go. this will allow you to target multiple species. One day might catch pinkies, bream and salmon and the next day a large snapper or mulloway.
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. If your fishing on the jetty be cautious as there isn’t a lot of fishing space and you want to avoid line tangles. 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.
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 onboard 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 Princess 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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