Fishing Mordialloc Pier
Mordialloc Pier is a beautiful long pier extending 174 metres (570.86 feet). Located in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Mordialloc. It provides excellent land-based fishing of Port Phillip Bay.
Due to Mordialloc Pier’s length, it offers a variety of fishing opportunities. That includes Summer Snapper off the deep water end of the structure. It's listed as Spot #6 on the Victorian Fisheries Authority website.
When fishing the pier it’s important to remember that its length and height means extremely large waves can break over the pier in rough weather. In fact, it’s claimed the lives of people fishing, during those conditions, over the years. It can be very slippy and being swept off the pier has happened.
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.
Mordialloc Pier Fish Species
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 sea grasses that the squid use of cover.
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.
Recommended Bait & Fishing Tackle
For squid jigging a light-weight rod is going to work well. For flathead and bream bait or lure spinning the same is going to work. So light lines, between 4 and 15lb. A rod of 6' to 9' in length would be a good foot.
For casting out further and/or if you're targetting larger fish then a 10 to 12' rod would be a good fit. Choose a line strength according to your target fish, but I recommend as light as you can manage. No more than 15lbis about right., in my opinion.
I usually use between 6 and 10lb, personally. Regardless of rod size or target species. Also, I tend to use a braid mainline with a monofilament leader.
For the leader paternoster rigs are ideal. A firm favourite of mine is from the range of Jarvis Walker Pre Made Fishing Rigs
Note: That's not to say other rigs, like a running sinker etc, won't work. It's a matter of preference and the species/conditions you're fishing.
For example - float fishing for garfish is a common site and Mordialloc Pier. Floats can also be used to target other species. Some folks effectively use floats combined with squid jigs.
Baits, live or frozen - good choices include squid, slimy mackerel, pipi's, blue bait, whitebait and pilchards.
Soft plastic lure choices include paddle tails, prawn, squid and beach worm.
If you've read my article on making your own DIY Fishing Trolley - the photo accompanying it was taken at Mordialloc Pier in the January/February 2018. I built the trolley with this pier in mind, as the terrain leading up to the pier varies from asphalt, pebble/sand to the wood of the pier. In that article, you'll also notice I sometimes fish with three rods, of different sizes, using that setup.
Mordialloc Boat RampLat: -38.0101905, Lng: 145.0930833
Mordialloc Boat Ramp, Mordialloc VIC, Australia
The Mordialloc Boat Ramp provides small craft access to Port Phillip Bay.
There is council parking adjacent to the boat ramp, with trailer sized parking spaces.
The ramp and parking can be accessed through Governor Road.
While I have not personally used the boat ramp I have seen a lot of people doing so as I use do pier fishing their frequently. It’s extremely popular.
Mordialloc, Bluey’s Boat HireLat: -38.0093856, Lng: 145.0868675
Bluey's Boat Hire, Pier Road, Mordialloc VIC, Australia
Note, that I have not personally used Bluey’s 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 Bluey’s 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.
Mordialloc CreekLat: -38.009943160569, Lng: 145.08534127514645
Fishing the creek and Mordialloc is certainly possible, with Bream being the most sought after. Though Mullet are certainly worthwhile too.
I’ve not fished the creek estuary directly at Mordialloc, preferring the pier. However, it is extremely popular and it’s not unusual to see a lot of anglers set up along the banks.
Note that some local fisho’s report seeing pollution in the creek a little too often for their comfort. This might be a good time to at least consider local advice – and even catch and release. Sadly.
Kayak Mordialloc Pier
By far the best access for people launching Kayaks would be the boat ramp upstream on 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.
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, power boats 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.