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Gem Pier gets pretty busy. I’d look at fishing weekdays and evenings or early mornings.
Over weekends and public holidays, it’s really too busy for my taste. A lot of 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., Flathead and Bream get reported as caught from the pier at times. Often on pilchards and prawns.
But I’ve seen some effective use of soft plasticsSoft Plastic Lure for Flathead, too.
Some fisho’s claiming it tends to get more bites than when fishing Altona Pier. But in my own experience, this hasn’t been the case.
I tend to find it a bit busy quite often. There’s a lot of shipping traffic, at times the navy births here.
In terms of bait. The most common bay baits seem to work well. PippisPippis , squid, pilchards, whitebait, sandworms, chicken and of course prawns.
I’d recommend keeping the hook size down and the lines lightweight. Some of the smaller flathead and whiting rigs sold commercially would be a good fit.
Paddletail soft plastics perform well on flathead and pinkies.
Keep your rods on the shorter side. I wouldn’t consider anything over a 9-foot spinning rod in length. Paired with a 300 spinning reel would see you about right.
If fishing bait, in my opinion, you can’t go too far wrong with a nice lightweight paternoster rigPaternoster Rig .
This should keep your bait above the weeds and debris at the bottom. While giving you the chance of trying out bait cocktails to see which works. Eg: One bait on one hook, another kind on the other.
Finally – I’d definitely use berleyBerley – mostly because it works, but also because other anglers rarely do. It can make the difference between landing a fish and random nibbles.