Sandringham Anchorage & Rockwall Fishing

Fishing Sandringham Anchorage has proven to be very successful for me. Sandringham is a bayside suburb located on Melbourne’s beautiful Port Phillip Bay. In the right conditions, the…

Fishing Sandringham Anchorage has proven to be very successful for me. Sandringham is a bayside suburb located on Melbourne’s beautiful Port Phillip Bay.

In the right conditions, the fishing has been good if not excellent at times.

It’s easy to overlook as it’s not visible from the road. Home of the Sandringham Yacht club. It sports several maintained toilet blocks (tending to be messy in the summer season due to high usage.)

There is ample public car parking. The yacht club parking area is for members and guests only. Parking fees can be a bit steep though.

Note you’ll need either a Parking App on your phone or a Credit/Debit card to pay fees as coins and notes are not accepted.

There are several possible fishing opportunities for land-based fishing. These include the piers and jetties, the beaches and the rock wall.

I’ve done well while fishing Sandringham for pinkies off the rock wall using a Whiting paternoster rig and chicken liver.

The chicken liver, being bloody, seems to get the pinkies biting. A tiny touch of garlic salt on the chicken liver works well too.

Don’t forget berley. Using a small berley cage attached to your leader – instead of a sinker – is a great way to attract smaller baitfish. This can increase your chances of hooking into larger target species such as snapper and flathead.

When using a berley cage, given the rocky nature of the area I’ll often rig it as breakaway using a hairclip cut down to size. This simple arrangement allows me to break free of the cage, should it get snagged on a rock ledge, without loosing my whole leader and additional mainline.

Rakali or Native Water Rat are native to the Rock Wall at Sandringham.

Special Note: if you’re fishing the rock wall at dawn or dusk keep an eye out for Rakali, or Native Water Rat.

They are more likely to be seen after dusk and during the night before dawn.

These little blokes can give you a start when you first see them.

They seem cautious, but not overly fearful of humans.

Some baits, like chicken liver, bring them in all around you.

They’re pretty harmless and are fully protected by state law. That means they must not be harmed.

To be honest they are really kind of cute.

If they manage to get to close to your bait bag a stamp of your foot nearby generally sends them scurrying off.

Target Fish Species

Bream can be targetted from the rock wall into the safe harbour. Or from one of the jetties within the harbour area.

Soft plastics work well, spinning them around the moorings, under boats etc.

Pinkies abound off the rock wall during the Summer months.

While most are undersized some legal fish are there, as are adult snapper at times.

  • Australian Salmon
  • Black Bream
  • Flathead
  • Mullet
  • Pinky Snapper
  • Silver Trevally
  • Snapper

Bait & Tackle At Sandringham

  • Beach worms
  • Bluebait
  • Chicken
  • Mussels
  • Pilchards
  • Pippis
  • Prawns
  • Soft Plastics
  • Squid
  • Whitebait

Kayak Fishing At Sandringham Rockwall

Kayaks can be launched off the beach to the east of the rock wall – or from the beach area within the yacht harbour. It’s one of the better kayak fishing spots in terms of conditions and access.

Note there is a kayak fishing school located here – East Coast Kayaking. If you’re new to kayaking I strongly recommend you take a course. There’s a lot of safety lessons you’ll need to learn – especially how to read tides, wind, waves and re-entering a kayak should you tip out (and you will tip out.)

I took this course in February 2019 and can recommend it.

When fishing from a kayak try paddling out from the harbour parallel with the beach. Then drift towards the headland to the west for flathead.

Alternatively, launch from the beach to the east of the harbour and either anchor or drift just offshore for flathead and pinkies. Salmon can also be targetted here when a school moves in.


Address & Location

Address: 36 Jetty Rd, Sandringham VIC 3191, Australia
Lat: -37.945018064909
Lng: 144.99538428833
Proximity: 17.4 kms from Melbourne

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
  • Best fishing times dawn and dusk

Cons

  • Parking good, but can work out expensive during the day.
  • Toilets unpredictable.  Sometimes fair - sometimes rancid.
  • Easy to get snagged retrieving over rocks on rock wall

Review Overview

Fishability
Rock Wall & Jetty Condition
Public Toilets
Parking
Family Friendly

Summary

Overall Sandringham anchorage, including the rock wall, piers and beaches offer excellent fishing.

My only real complaint is the cost of parking and the often putrid state of what should be nice toilet amenities.

Sadly this is more a reflection on the poor habits of some visitors than the time, effort and money expended by the local council.

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Dave
Dave

G'day!

I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

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!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test.
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