Fishing locations Station Pier was built in 1854 and overlooks Port Phillip Bay. It’s located on beach street along Port Melbourne. Its easily recognized for having the large cruise boats such as the spirit of Tasmania and Navy ships docked against which can be seen from some distance away. Its also a vert respectable 661 meters long, meaning land based anglers can fish in quite deep waters. Station Pier has changed its access to anglers a lot over the years. Many years back you could drive your car all the way down to then end of the pier and fish without fees to your hearts content. Back then big catches of barracoota were very common. Unfortunately now you must pay for parking out the front. there is restricted access for cars and access is done through the gates during certain hours. Its a fair walk down to deeper water which has lost a little of the appeal for anglers at this spot. It can however produce all year round fishing and spectacular Snapper fishing in the summer months.
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Snapper, Flathead, Baracoota, Garfish, Tailor, Flounder, Bream, Salmon, Trevally, Mullet
BEST BAITS AND LURES
Pilchard, Blue Bait, Raw Chicken, Squid
I would suggest a medium to light 8 or 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
This spot usually fishes well on the tide change often seeing Pinkies caught on the incoming high tide and flathead caught on the outgoing low tide. But the surrounding areas tend to fish well on dawn and dusk. Many anglers have reported having more success on large Snapper during windy conditions.
There are nearby walking trials, shops and cafes which make this a decent family location. When fishing the kids will need to be closely supervised on the pier. There is a decent drop and the pier can be slippery with anglers often casting quite close to each other.
Your very elevated on this pier, so be weary of children not to go to close to the edges. Its also challenging bringing in a big catch. 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 though it is quite pricey. Those with a pass or disability are able to drive up towards the end of the pier.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Only 2 fishing lines permitted, Always carry your Victorian fishing license, and always follow catch limits. Where possible we encourage catch and release.