Fishing locations St Kilda Pier is an iconic spot within Melbourne overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Built in 1853 and opened to the public in 1904 its a very popular destination with a beautiful backdrop to the beach. Activities in this area include attending the market, catching a ride at Luna park or those along the beach pathways by foot, cycling or roller skating. Its a very popular fishing location and can often you can see rows of overcrowded anglers standing side by side which is prone to line tangling. This is particularly popular in summer nights targeting pinkies.
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Snapper, Flathead, Salmon, Mullet, garfish
BEST BAITS AND LURES
pilchard, blue bait, mussel, pippies, silver whiting, raw chicken strips, squid.
I would suggest a medium to light 7 to 9 foot rod. Your most likely to catch many small Pinkies and Flathead so you don’t want to fish to heavy but need to be prepared for the the odd large snapper.
Often I will user a running sinker rig to a swivel and 50cm of strong leader finished with a Pilchard tail or small squid head. If you chasing pinkies then a paternoster rig with raw chicken breast will fish very well
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
If your chasing big snapper then fishing dawn or dusk on the incoming high tide will be your best chance especially when the wind is chopping up a little. There is good lighting at night time and you will often see many anglers fishing the sundown.
There are nearby parks and BBQ areas. there is also regular markets and not to far away is the iconic Luna Park so this is a great spot to take the kids. They will need to be closely supervised when fishing on the pier.
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 weary of those around you.
Paid parking is available however this can be a very busy area so get in early. Avoid market days as parking is close to impossible.