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Fishing Sandringham has proven to be very successful for me. Sandringham is a bayside suburb located on Melbourne’s beautiful Port Phillip Bay.
In the right conditions, the fishing has been good if not excellent at times.
It’s easy to overlook as it’s not visible from the road. Home of the Sandringham Yacht club. It sports several maintained toilet blocks (tending to be messy in the summer season due to high usage.)
There is ample public car parking. The yacht club parking area is for members and guests only. Parking fees can be a bit steep though.
Note you’ll need either a Parking App on your phone or a Credit/Debit card to pay fees as coins and notes are not accepted.
I’ve done well while fishing Sandringham for pinkiesPinky Snapper The name "Pinky Snapper" refers to the immature Snapper. Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)
Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm - or in the 1.5 to 2kg - range, with a darker red colouration. off the rock wall using a Whiting paternoster rigPaternoster Rig and chicken liver.
The chicken liver, being bloody, seems to get the pinkies biting. A tiny touch of garlic salt on the chicken liver works well too.
Don’t forget berleyBerley . Using a small berley cageBerley attached to your leader – instead of a sinker – is a great way to attract smaller baitfish. This can increase your chances of hooking into larger target species such as snapper and flathead.
When using a berley cage, given the rocky nature of the area I’ll often rig it as breakaway using a hairclip cut down to size. This simple arrangement allows me to break free of the cage, should it get snagged on a rock ledge, without loosing my whole leader and additional mainline.
Special Note: if you’re fishing the rock wall at dawn or dusk keep an eye out for Rakali, or Native Water Rat. These little blokes can give you a start when you first see them. Some baits, like chicken liver, bring them in all around you. They’re pretty harmless, are fully protected by state law – and are really kind of cute. If they manage to get to close to your bait bag a stamp of your foot nearby generally sends them scurrying off.
Bream can be targetted from the rock wall into the safe harbour. Or from one of the jetties within the harbour area. Soft plasticsSoft Plastic Lure work well, spinning them around the moorings, under boats etc.
Kayaks can be launched off the beach to the east of the rock wall – or from the beach area within the yacht harbour. It’s one of the better kayak fishing spots in terms of conditions and access.
Note there is a kayak fishing school located here – East Coast Kayaking. If you’re new to kayaking I strongly recommend you take a course. There’s a lot of safety lessons you’ll need to learn – especially how to read tides, wind, waves and re-entering a kayak should you tip out (and you will tip out.)
I took this course in February 2019 and can recommend it.
When fishing from a kayak try paddling out from the harbour parallel with the beach. Then drift towards the headland to the west for flathead.
Alternatively, launch from the beach to the east of the harbour and either anchor or drift just offshore for flathead and pinkies. Salmon can also be targetted here when a school moves in.
Sandringham Rock Wall