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This post is a small part taken from our Fishing Port Melbourne – Easy Access, 10 Mins From City Getfished Article.
A firm favourite fishing spot, going back to the nineteenth century, Station Pier Port Melbourne is located on Beach Street.
When fishing the pier it should be remembered that at times it’s closed to fishing. This is because the pier is used for docking the Melbourne to Tasmania passenger ferry “Spirit of Australia.”
Other cruise ships and even naval vessels use the pier to dock from time to time.
Look, if you’re living in the inner suburbs around the city, or a Port Melbourne local then this is a great pier, in my opinion.
Stick to the legal limit of two rods. Take a net for landing your catch as you’ll find it easier than straining a catch up this high structure with just the hook and line.
I personally fish this pier using lighter tackle. No more than a 10lb line – or less. Keep your hook size down.
I recommend a rod no longer than 9 foot.
I generally use a paternoster rigPaternoster Rig , but on occasion have used a running sinkerRunning Sinker with success as well.
At times there’s a lot of foot traffic sightseeing. Both other fishos and people boarding ships and ferries. As well as well-wishers seeing people off.
So be cautious casting and keep an eye out for other peoples kids and your tackle.
Good baits include pillies, chicken, whitebait, prawns and sandworms. Most soft plastics will fish well here, too.
For calamari, I tend to prefer to put a float above the jig. But most people generally cast the jig and retrieve their squid jigs the normal way, without having a float attached. A matter of fishing style and preference, really.
However, if you’re living further afield, the west, outer north and outer eastern suburbs then there are other piers, not closed for shipping, that will be more worthwhile to visit.
Don’t overlook the fishing opportunities along the banks of the Yarra estuary, either.
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.