Welcome to the West Gate Bridge Fishing guide. The West Gate Bridge is an iconic structure within Melbourne that passes over the Yarra river entrance from Port Phillip Bay. The bridge started construction in the late 1960s but stopped in 1970 due to a collapsed section. Construction resumed and finished in 1972. The bridge is 2.6 kilometres long and 58 meters tall at its peak. West Gate Bridge is a quality fishing location that can provide great fishing all year round for land-based anglers. It’s a challenging destination but offers a large range of species that can be caught with multiple techniques. The fishing changes seasonally with pinkies a common in the warmer months and a big run of salmon in the winter months. Whilst bream and flathead are caught all year round. You can fish under the West Gate bridge of Lorimar street in Port Melbourne roughly 20 minutes drive from the CBD. This location produces a wide range of species for anglers all year round. It can also provide spectacular Snapper fishing in the summer months.
The West Gate Bridge 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.
Fishing West Gate Bridge Port Melbourne
As the video above highlights, the immediate area 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 here 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. Using burley is a great idea and 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 under the West gate. 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
It was quite rocky in the shallower edges so reel your lines in quickly to avoid getting snagged. This area can get busy so the biggest danger will be avoiding line tangles or walking behind someone who is casting, so be wary of those around you. I prefer this spot in the early morning at high tide. Just seem to catch more fish in those conditions. You get a big run of pinkies between January and March and a big run of Salmon between June and August. This is an OK location for kids. Plenty of grasslands to run around on, just need to be careful near the rocks. he biggest hazards you will face in this area will be snagged. You can go There can also be a plague proportion of starfish. I have also caught blue ring octopus and scorpionfish of the jetty both which are very venomous. When walking amongst the rocks be wary of snakes and large rats.
Bream are also a very common catch in this location. Check out our video guide on how easy it can be to catch them here.
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 Kerferd Pier Fishing Guide. Deep waters easily accessible and wonderful catches of snapper annually.
Check out this detailed video we put together about fishing in around Port Melbourne.
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