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This post is a small part taken from our Fishing Williamstown Getfished Article.
Ferguson Street Pier, being close to the city of Melbourne, means it can get crowded – especially weekends. However, during the week and cooler weather, it can be a great spot.
You’ll see a lot of kids targeting mullet at times. But don’t be fooled by that. Some sizeable snapper and even gummy sharks are caught from this pier.
Squid and garfish fishos are often seen, too. Along with bream, flathead and even schools of Australian Salmon from time to time.
I’d recommend no more than a 9foot spinning rod. Keep your mainline and leader a little lighter – no more than 10lb in my opinion – perhaps with a slightly heavier leader for some species.
As far as baits go – Port Phillip Bay staples like Pillies (pilchards), squid and even chicken are common choices. While including prawns, fresh or frozen, always makes sense.
I’d choose either a paternosterPaternoster Rig or a running sinkerRunning Sinker rig when fishing Ferguson Street Pier. I’d tend to keep the hook size down, too. A smaller flathead or a whiting rig would be ideal.
With soft plasticsSoft Plastic Lure , paddletails are a common choice. Accounting for some nice flathead fairly regularly. My choice would be a motor oil colour. These seem to work well in so many spots around Melbourne.
As always I can’t emphasise the use of berleyBerley highly enough. Enough to attract the fish to you, reducing casting distances as a result.
Note that only two fishing lines are permitted per angler.