Fishing Kerferd Road Pier

Kerferd Road Pier produces the usual fishing suspects on Port Phillip Bay. Snapper, Flathead, Flounder, Trevally, Mullet and Calamari are all caught by anglers. There’s the odd…

Kerferd Road Pier produces the usual fishing suspects on Port Phillip Bay.

Snapper, Flathead, Flounder, Trevally, Mullet and Calamari are all caught by anglers.

There’s the odd big snapper – especially during a big blow, with the vast majority of catches being smaller pinky snapper and flathead.

As a general rule of thumb, fish the rising tide for snapper and pinkies, the low and running out tide for flathead.

Keep in mind, as with all fishing spots, these rules are never hard and fast.

 

Kerferd Road Pier Fish Species

Fishing Kerferd Road Pier

You’ll catch different species of fish at different times, quite at odds with generalised advice.

However, flathead and pinky snapper are consistent performers from October through to March.

Squid are also a top species to target here.

Fishing during a blow (strong winds) is often great for larger snapper. The big fish tend to come closer towards shore in these conditions. However, you really do need to take care as these conditions can be extremely dangerous.


Fish Species Suggested Bait

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

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

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

All Year Round.
Often targeted during July to August in Port Phillip & Western Port Bay


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

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

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
All Year Round. Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence.
Top times can be during June to September.

Squid Jig

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

Kerferd Road Pier Bait

A lot of fishos choose pilchards, raw chicken breast and squid. 

Personally I’ve used whitebait, bluebait, prawns as well as soft plastics successfully at Kerferd Road Pier. With good catches of pinkies – many legal-sized.

I’d like to get back there and try out some chicken with my “secret sauce” as I have a feeling it would perform well here.

When fishing with bait I generally use a paternoster rig* here. Though, on occasion will select a running sinker if the water is a bit rough.

Having said that. When I target flathead I’ll generally use soft plastics at Kerferd Road. Motor-oil colour works well. Paddle-tails being my usual choice.

Like all Piers close to the city this pier can get pretty busy. Split between folks fishing and people sightseeing.

Parking can be difficult at the weekend and public holidays. Also later in the day in warmer weather. Parking is not free beachside, but there is some free parking in the backstreets. Just make note of the signs.

I’ve found it can get pretty busy later in the afternoon and early morning.

So, like most of the inner Melbourne fishing locations – in the warmer months, it pays to arrive a little earlier.

Recent upgrades have done a lot to restore usage of this pier, after being closed for some time. So it feels nice and solid underfoot again.

Address

Address: Kerferd Road Pier, Albert Park VIC, Australia
Lat: -37.8496029
Lng: 144.9510196
Proximity: 5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO

Pier Location Review & Rating

Location Review & Rating


Pros

  • Close and easy access from Melbourne
  • Family-friendly  - children under strict supervision
  • Good range of fish habitats and fish species
  • In the right conditions, you can target big Snapper In clear, calm conditions
  • Squid fishing can be productive.
  • Good spot for targeting flathead
  • Some free parking to be had in back streets, subject to signage.

Cons

  • Parking good, but can work out expensive during the day.
  • Toilets unpredictable.  Sometimes fair - sometimes rancid.
  • Traffic can be heavy during peak hour

Review Overview

Fishability
Pier Condition
Public Toilets
Parking
Family Friendly

Summary

Kerferd Road Pier is a well established, historical fishing location and can get busy at times.  However, catches of fish are often good for a variety of species.

Definitely worth trying.

4

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Dave
Dave

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I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

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