Welcome to the Station Pier Fishing guide. Station Pier is located in Port Melbourne roughly 20 minutes drive from the CBD. It was built in 1854 and overlooks Port Phillip Bay located on beach street. Its easily recognized for having the large cruise boats such as the spirit of Tasmania and Navy ships berthed along it which can be seen from the distance. These ships will remain berthed here transporting holiday goers and freight in and out of Melbourne. It’s a very respectable 661 meters long, and one of the longest wooden piers in the southern hemisphere 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 the end of the pier and fish without fees to your heart’s 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. It’s 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.
From Station Pier, you will see the adjacent piers in princess pier, Lagoon pier and kerfed road pier. Check out this detailed video we put together about Princess Pier and how to fish there.
Fishing Station Pier Port Melbourne
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, you can also target flathead, barracouta, garfish, tailor, flounder, bream, whiting, salmon, trevally, gummy shark, mulloway and mullet. When fishing from a pier like this one an all-round rod setup might be a good option allowing you to target multiple species at once. A 3-5 kilo rod with a 3000 size reel spooled with 15-pound braid and equivalent leader is a great starting point. You may also opt to use a larger 10 – 12 foot surf rod paired with a 4000 – 6000 size reel with 20-pound line to target snapper, gummy shark or mulloway.
Good bait choices include pilchards, blue bait, squid, pipis, mussels, maggots, whiting fillets and raw chicken. Rigs worth considering are simple running sinker setup and a paternoster rigs. They will allow you to cast far and target multiple species. 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 pilchard or squid head with a size 5/0 or 6/0 Mustad hook is a great way to go.
If you’re flicking lures 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 include crab imitations, blades and vibes. When flicking 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.
Much patience is needed at station pier. Especially if you are targeting a bigger fish with heavier gear and big baits. 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. The full moon is often a good time to target mulloway and gummy sharks and new moon to target snapper. Many of the bigger fish are often caught at night.
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
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. Your very elevated on this pier, so be wary of children not to go to close to the edges. It’s 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 wary of those around you.
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 on board 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 Station 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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