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St Kilda Pier Fishing

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Pier Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

7.6 km from Melbourne

Lng: 144.9659159



St Kilda Pier Fishing on a warm summers night was how I started targetting flathead and pinkiesPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe 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.
as a teenager.

St Kilda Pier has seen some pretty major modifications in the decades since then.

It’s still a major icon on Port Phillip Bay and is rich in history.  Going back to 1853!

The addition of a rock wall and the harbour adjoining it significantly altered the longshore drift.

That’s to say – the currents that deposit sand and influence fish feeding opportunities.  It seems to have been a positive – particularly for flathead.

Rock Wall – Like The Old St Kilda Pier, Only Better

However, fishing the rock wall offers all the advantages of the old pier. Access to the open and relatively deeper waters.

If I was to sum up St Kilda Pier fishing in a single fish species – it’d be flathead. I’ve caught numerous “lizards” off the old pier over the years.

St Kilda Pier Fish Species

While it’s been many years since I’ve fished it, other fisho’s seem to be experiencing the same thing. Flathead!

Of course, there’s plenty of bream and pinky snapperPinky Snapper Pinky SnapperThe 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.
caught by folks too. As well as squid (calamari).

While not as fishing famous as, say, The Warmies, it’s certainly played a major role in recreational fishing throughout the last century and a half.

Bait Choices

Bait wise I always found frozen white-bait (fish) fished whole on a running sinkerRunning Sinker Running Sinker or a paternosterPaternoster Rig Paternoster Rig to work well. However, I’ve also used prawns effectively too.

Soft plasticsSoft Plastic Lure Soft Plastic Lures seem to be working great. That’s judging by reports in the fishing forums and Youtube videos.

Just make sure you use the bait or lure that matches the preferences of the target species you’re aiming for. In my experience, it’s hard to go past a soft plasticSoft Plastic Lure Soft Plastic Lures in a motor oil colour. Zman and Gulp being notable brands.

BerleyBerley Berley Brings Baitfish

Given this can be a heavily fished area, due to it’s proximity to the city, I recommend the use of attractants on your baits.  If you’re not using a proven pre-scented lure like Berkley Gulp then try using some Squidgy S Factor.

If you’re using natural baits S-Factor works extremely well too.

Don’t forget to burley well.  Regular burley like breadcrumbs and tuna oil will bring the fish in closer to where you are.  It’s these things that always make a difference – no matter where you are fishing!

While you rarely seem to see soft plastic fisho’s using berley I’ve found the very fact it brings in baitfish the best reason to use berley even with this style of fishing.

I’ve had success here fishing bloody chicken liver on a paternoster rigPaternoster Rig Paternoster Rig for pinkies. You’ll need to use some elastic thread to keep the liver on as it’s so soft.

For flathead, I’ve generally gone with a running sinker. Generally, a pilchard or bluebait, cut to suit the hook size. The running sinker can assist in setting the hook with flathead while keeping the bait down on the bottom.

Kayak Fishing St Kilda Pier

In recent times it’s become common to see fishing kayaks within the rock wall area.  It’s nicely protected and is a great way to get to the spots land-based fishos can’t reach.

Access for kayaks can be hard when the beach is busy. But isn’t too bad on quieter days, such as weekdays outside of the holiday season.

Of course, you could launch around the boat ramp area, if the beach isn’t possible. Just be cautious as the boat traffic can be heavy throughout the summer season.

Blocking a boat ramp with a kayak is a sure-fire way to upset boaties, too. “Ramp rage” is a real thing, sadly, some ramps more so than others.

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Boat Ramps

St Kilda Boat Ramp

St Kilda Boat Ramp is part of the extensive St Kilda Marina complex.

As far as boat ramps go it can vary in terms of quality. Fundamentally St Kilda Boat Ramp is a good ramp.

However, a lack of ramp maintenance in the past, at times, means it’s not unheard of for algae to make the ramp so slippery that vehicles have on occasion slid right on into the water. Not such an issue for 4WD’s.

For myself, I’ve never witnessed more than the expected algal growth and have found the ramp to be one of the better ones.

Car parking is extensive and ample for large boat trailers.

The marina area and ramp provide access to reasonably deep hulled larger boats. As such it’s very popular during the summer snapper season.

It terms of access to Port Phillip Bay it gives you good access to snapper grounds and reefs to the west, east and south of St Kilda. While the marina offers protected launching and retrieval of your boat.

Thus access to snapper feeding grounds is only a short boat ride, with plenty of catches of flathead, calamari, Australian salmon and other bay species.

In can get very busy. Though this is hardly surprising due to its size, ability to launch larger vessels and proximity to Melbourne.

So, launching during the snapper season means getting there early for most folks. That and a mindset of calm and forbearance for other boaties. “Ramp rage” is a real thing – that’s ugly and spoils a great day out in your boat – and for others.

There’s a large service station next to the marina area. This sells frozen bait, fuel etc. One of the few servo’s I’d recommend buying bait from, given its huge product turnover.

By Dave - from Getfished!


Dave spends most of his time split between fishing, working on Getfished and on boating and kayak fishing. After 30+ years as a programmer spending more time as a fisho has allowed him to grow his passion for the hobby. Running Getfished has meant Dave's been able to share some of the places he loves to fish at. As well as some of his favourite tackle and gear.