Fishing locations Stockyard Point is located 1 hours drive on the east side of Melbourne overlooking Western Port. Its a shallow beach but one of the very best land based fishing destinations and has become a hotspot for Elephant fish and gummy sharks in recent years. During the winter months this is a popular and often over crowded fishing location. There is a channel that runs through this system fishing the peak of tide changes will be critical to getting your baits in optimal position. Its also a great location to target gummy sharks and snapper.

FISH SPECIES TO TARGET

Gummy Sharks, Elephant Fish, Snapper, Trevally, Whiting, Baracouta, Flathead, Salmon, Sting Ray,

BEST BAITS AND LURES

Squid, Pilchard, Trevally, Salmon, Scad, Blue Bait, Silver Whiting, Pippis. Remember when pier fishing to use a berley bucket to try and attract the fish to you.

ROD SETUP

This very much depends on what species of fish your targeting. If your chasing the larger species such as Gummy sharks or Sting Rays then your going to need a nice heavy outfit. Ideally a long surf rod outfit. 8-12 foot in length either 8-12 or 12-20 kilo rating rod. The reel will be a 4000-6000 reel spooled with 25 pound line. Finished with a rod length of 40 pound leader.  A single large hook or double snelled hook to present a full squid or pilchard. Sometimes I will also chase these species my with Snapper rods which are a 5-8 kilo rod with 12 pound line. This is a fun way of targeting these fish that might get busted off occasionally.  If your chasing lighter fish that don’t require gear as heavy such as elephant fish, flathead, trevally or whiting then a nice light general purport 2-4 or 3-5 kilo with a 2500-3000 reel spooled with 6 pound line will work well.

MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES

This is a great winter location for elephant fish and salmon, but it fishes well for most parts of the year. If your keen to land a gummy shark then fishing throughout the night will be the best bet as that’s when predatory fish are most active. Always keep an eye on tide tide early morning high tide is always great along piers and jetties.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Piers and Jetties can be a great place to take the family fishing.

KNOWN HAZARDS

The 15 minute walk can be extremely muddy and tiring quite relentless. So pack as light as possible and wear proper footwear and clothing. It can also be a very busy fishing location so be careful as anglers are using big heavy fishing outfits.

PARKING

Parking is available at the end of Foreshore road. Then its a fair 15 minute walk to Stockyard point.