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This post is a small part taken from our Fishing Mordialloc Pier Getfished Article.
A lot of folks fish for bream in the estuary of Mordialloc Creek. I have to say – I’m not one of them.
My reluctance stems from the condition of the water in the creek estuary system. It really isn’t always great.
Thing is – a lot of petroleum by-products make their way down the creek from further upstream at times.
However – there’s no question this doesn’t seem to affect the Bream biting. So if you’re into catch and release the creek offers some fine sport at times.
The creek area mostly fished runs adjacent to the carpark to the mouth, level with where the Mordialloc Pier begins.
There’s one interesting fishing technique that you’ll at Mordialloc Creek. A method that you don’t see in too many other places around Melbourne. It is the long European rods.
These rods often have no reel. The line affixes directly to the rod butt and the rod. Often telescopic. It is extended out over the water – rather than cast. These rods can be anywhere from 10 to 18 foot long. They do in fact catch fish with them too!
However, most folks are probably going to use a standard spinning rod up to 9′ in length.
If you’re targetting bream – with a by-catch of mullet, then the chicken is always a great bait. Along with pipis, prawns and even whitebait.
Flathead will be happy enough to accept the same baits on the same rigs when they are present in the estuary.
Keep your sinkers light. Try a running sinker or a paternoster rig. Light lines are essential. You shouldn’t need more than 4 to 6lb’s here.
Some folks use a float – and very effectively too! The flow of the creek isn’t strong, though this will vary with some tides and weather conditions. A good choice is a pencil float or a feeder float.
It’s also ideal for soft plastics. Paddle-tails being excellent, in a variety of colours.
While I see very few people doing it, on Mordialloc Creek, it’s important you use berley to bring the fish into you. Bream, for example, are going to frequently be found under moored boats. So getting them to venture out and find your bait requires some attraction.
Mordialloc Creek Estuary
The turning tide is often better for many species, as opposed to the slack tide.
"When the Wind's from the West fishing is best. When the Wind's from the East fishing is least. From the North seek forth, from the south blows the hook in their mouth."
Fishing is often slower in the heat of the day, when the sun is overhead. Many species seek shadows which are less available during the afternoon.
The five days around the new moon are often considered the best fishing times.