Fishing Ferguson Street Pier Williamstown

Ferguson Street Pier is close to the city of Melbourne, which means it can get a bit crowded during the peak season of warmer summer weather. However,…

Ferguson Street Pier is close to the city of Melbourne, which means it can get a bit crowded during the peak season of warmer summer weather.

However, during the week and cooler weather, it can be a great spot attracting fewer people.

It is a great pier for targetting flathead and bream on soft plastics!

I’ve seen a lot of kids targeting mullet and garfish over the years. 


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Some Sizeable Snapper & Gummy Sharks

But don’t be fooled by kids catching mullet and gars. 

Some sizeable snapper and even gummy sharks are caught from this pier!

Squid and garfish enthusiasts can often be seen at this Pier too.

Catches also include good numbers of black bream and a healthy flathead populatuion.

Plus – schools of Australian Salmon move in and bust up from time to time.


Fish SpeciesSuggested Bait
Flathead
Flathead
All Year Round. Can be more sluggish during cooler months.
Often more active between late September and March.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Chicken Liver, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Nippers, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Australian Salmon
Australian Salmon
All Year Round
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Black Bream
Black Bream
All Year Round.
Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up late August. Active during warmer months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait
Mullet
Mullet
All Year Round.
Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles
Pinky Snapper
Pinky Snapper
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
October through to March.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Pipis, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Snapper
Snapper
Later September to end of March.
Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Squid
Squid
All Year Round. Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence.
Top times can be during June to September.

Squid Jig
Whiting
Whiting
November to April
Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australia during cooler months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait
Garfish
Garfish
All Year Round.
Often targeted during July to August in Port Phillip & Western Port Bay


*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.

Ferguson Street Pier Bait & Tackle Choices

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 (3 to 6lb for Garfish and Mullet) – perhaps with a slightly heavier leader for larger species like flathead, pinkies and snapper.

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 paternoster or a running 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 plastics, 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 when land-based fishing around Melbourne.

As always I can’t emphasise the use of berley highly enough. Enough to attract the fish to you, reducing casting distances as a result. On top of that – try some of the excellent rub-on scents that are available. Both on lures and bait!

Note that only two fishing lines are permitted per angler.

Ferguson Street Pier Address

Address: Ferguson Street Pier, Williamstown VIC, Australia
Lat: -37.8591987
Lng: 144.9011554
Proximity: 14.6 km from Melbourne's GPO via M1

Dave
Dave

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I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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