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This post is a small part taken from our Fishing Portarlington Pier Getfished Article.
Portarlington Rock Wall forms a safe harbour for boats and adjoins the Portarlington pier.
The Rock Wall has added a new dimension to fishing in Portarlington. It’s now possible to move beyond the pier and cast out into much deeper water and offshore reefs.
While once the pier structure was the best fishing I’d have to say my recent experiences suggest the Rockwall offers a wider variety of species and catches.
These include the flathead, trevally, pinky snapperPinky 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., squid, Australian Salmon and many more.
The easiest access to the Portarlington Rock Wall is via the pier. Though the southern wall can also be accessed directly by land.
While the pier tended to get crowded fast the Rock Wall is large enough to cater for a larger number of anglers.
I recommend a paternoster rigPaternoster Rig here. Though a running sinkerRunning Sinker will certainly work. Definitely use that berleyBerley , too!
Bait wise – the usual saltwater baits including pilchards, prawns, whitebait, pippies, squid and of course chicken.
Soft plasticsSoft Plastic Lure seem to work well, with paddletails being a popular choice. I’ve seen motor oil colours work well, but also the Nuclear Chicken colours can be effective here too.
My choice of rods on the rock wall would be a minimum of 8 to 9-feet with a preference for something at least 10 to 12-feet long. This will give you some casting distance, getting you out into deeper water and the reefs.
I wouldn’t fish with heavier than a 15lb mainline, personally. 10lb would be my lower limit. In terms of leader, anything over 15lb’s should be fine.