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Mordialloc Pier is a beautiful long pier extending 174 metres (570.86 feet).
Due to Mordialloc Pier’s length, it offers a variety of fishing opportunities. However, fishing can be tough at times, probably more so than in the past. It’s not clear if this is due to pollution from the creek, fishing pressure, or the most likely reason – the massive dredging undertaken in the bay in recent years.
That’s the only reason I’ve given this awesome pier a Fishability Score of only 3. Having done so doesn’t mean it produces no fish. It does. But you’re going to have to put some effort in. That means Berley
Berley, known as “chum” in some places, refers to fish attracting items that are thrown, cast or submerged into the water when fishing.
The idea is to not “feed the fish” but provide a reason for them to move towards your bait or lures.
In other words “bringing them into you.
For this reason, burley is often very fine, with strong tastes. For example tuna oil, aniseed, garlic, sea salt and even the blood from offal – such as chicken offal. and experimenting with baits.
It’s listed as Spot #6 on the Victorian Fisheries Authority website.
When fishing the pier it’s important to keep in mind its length and height. Because it’s long, but relatively close to the water extremely large waves can break over the pier. In rough weather, this can be a safety hazard.
It can be very slippy and being swept off the pier has happened.
In fact, it’s claimed the lives of people fishing, during those conditions, over the years.
Some of the best fishing at Mordialloc Pier is had when there’s a really strong south-westerly wind blowing. Those are the conditions that see the large snapper moving into range off the pier.
Beyond larger – and rarer – snapper during a big wind from the south-west – there’s often a lot of smaller pinkies (immature, but some legal-sized, snapper.)
For bream and garfish fish the left side (east) of the pier, next to the Mordialloc Creek estuary.
While to the right (west) side of the pier fish for garfish, whiting, pinkie snapper and flathead.
The west side (right) around a third to two thirds up is great for squid” (calamari]) jigging. That’s because there is plenty of seagrasses that the squid use of cover.
The seagrasses are attractive to whiting too. But be aware that it’s easy to get snagged up in the reed here. Particularly if you are using a sinker. If targetting fish at this section – rather than squid – and using a sinker try a Weedless Rig.
While you are fishing Mordialloc Pier make sure to keep an eye out for the stingrays. There tend to be a lot of them at times. They will take a variety of baits but are more of a hindrance than anything. Take care not to harm these beautiful creatures.
Remember that toadfish are a fully protected species in Australia. They are poisonous to eat, so must be returned unharmed to the water – by law in Victoria. Mordialloc Pier seems to produce a lot of them at times.
Mordialloc Pier is near much of Melbourne’s Eastern and North Eastern suburbs, compared to other great saltwater fishing spots – like Mornington and Frankston. So I tend to drive down fairly regularly in the summer months to drop in a line.
From personal experience and observation of others, the best catches of snapper, pinkies and flathead seem to come off the very end of the pier – facing into Port Phillip Bay. This is likely due to the offshore reef located just beyond this point – and the deeper water.
I’ve found you’ve got to get there pretty early to get a spot at the end. I’ve been there in the summer months at 4:00 am and keener (or more local) anglers have already taken up position.
Mordialloc Pier Fishing At Dusk
Mordialloc Creek Estuary
During the summer months, Mordialloc beach gets pretty crowded. From swimmers, sunbakers to the local beach volleyball clubs.
Mordialloc Beach runs adjacent (to the west) of Mordialloc Pier.
That means there’s not a lot of room for fishing there during the day. Especially during sunny weather. However, in the cooler months, or on days where people are less likely to use the beach, it can be a great place to fish.
Unless you’re going to wade out you are going to need a beach rod at least 9 to 10 feet. Use a sinker only heavy enough to get you the distance you need.
This will help you to cast a little further out from the shallows.
Baits include soft plastics, pippis, whitebait, pilchards, squid and chicken.
The main beach is located to the right of the pier.
It’s technically possible to launch a kayak from the beach. This can be a challenge when it’s busy, or when the carpark is full.
There is however another beach on the other side of the Mordialloc Creek. This beach extends from the creek area to the adjoining suburb of Aspendale. While I have not fished it I have observed that it is often less used by swimmers at the creek end. Though less accessible. It would certainly warrant further investigation for fishing opportunities.
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 Mordialloc Boat Ramp provides small craft access to Port Phillip Bay (often affectionately known by the acronym PPB). The railway bridge provides clearance only for smaller boats.
There is council parking adjacent to the boat ramp, with trailer sized parking spaces for their exclusive use. The boat ramp is now free to use, as is the parking area for boat trailers.
The ramp and parking can be accessed through Governor Road.
There are public toilets and a boat washdown area provided.
While I have not personally used the boat ramp I have seen a lot of people doing so as I do pier fishing there frequently.
It’s extremely popular. Though a lot smaller than some other ramps.
The biggest issue relates to parking. Parking spots are limited and it can be very tight when busy. My inspection was on a quiet day, on a weekday in July. There were around four trailers parked. Parking wouldn’t have been a problem. Summer – peak boating season – would clearly have been more difficult.
Patterson Lakes boat ramp (about ten minutes drive further south) is a lot larger and possibly more suitable to some bigger boats.
By far the best access for people launching Kayaks would be Mordialloc boat ramp, located upstream on the Mordialloc Creek.
Access there is going to be easier than the beach.
Access near the river mouth is pretty limited for launching – if not impossible.
This is due to barriers and fencing place to limit vehicle access to the pier and beach. As well as the sides of the estuary being quite high, relative to the water level.
Fishing conditions are generally good in calm weather. Keep in mind the forecasts for weather and swell. During a big blow, it can get very dangerous.
In addition, powerboats and jet skis make heavy use of the estuary. This can be hazardous without due care.
Just offshore from the beach, facing south and to the west of the jetty, there are some good seagrass flats that do produce flathead and whiting. Pinkies should also be possible. Further offshore larger snapper is to be found.
Note, that I have not personally used Blueys Boat Hire services. As such I cannot make any specific personal recommendations one way or the other.
I have observed the Bluey’s hire boats operating while I’ve been fishing on the Mordialloc Pier. Their customers seem cheery enough. The Google reviews for this service are nearly all positive.
Billed as a “No License or Experience Required” boat hire. Caters for individuals and groups. Aimed at fishing they are also suitable for seeing the sights just offshore on Port Phillip Bay.
Tel: 03 9580 2902
At the time of writing, bookings are from the Blueys Boat Hire website on their Bookings Page.
Make sure you check out Bluey’s What To Bring page, particularly note the requirement of a Car License, Mobile Phone, seasonal clothing, food & drink (bring a cooler or Eski – but skip the grog !!), bait, tackle and rods.
Additionally, Bluey’s website state they do have rods, tackle and bait, at an additional charge, should you have none of your own.
Hiring a boat is an economical and relatively simple way of getting out on the bay fishing. No towing, launching or retrieving on busy boat ramp hassles. For many people this makes boat hire an attractive option.
Getting a few nautical miles offshore can make all the difference to your catch rate. Around Mordialloc, there are a number of great offshore reefs and drop-offs that provide excellent fishing opportunities.
Plus there tends to be a little less pressure on fish populations than you find on a pier or beach. It’s quieter, offers a range of habitats and increases your mobility towards “where the fish are biting.”
Game Fishing Fever, 303 Boundary Rd, Mordialloc VIC 3195
Owned and operated by Lee Rayner and Lee McDuffie this fishing tackle shop in Mordialloc “…was born from the pairs unhealthy obsession with game fishing…” according to their website.
They carry a wide range of fishing tackle, bait and supplies.
A great place to visit before heading out to the pier, creek or before embarking on a boat fishing trip on the bay
A collection of Mordialloc Pier fishing related videos. Showing the estuary, pier and beach fishing as well as some diving photography beneath the pier.
The turning tide is often better for many species, as opposed to the slack tide.
At 1020 - "Fishing Is Plenty."
"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.