Fishing Station Pier Port Melbourne

Station Pier is a firm favourite fishing spot, going back to the nineteenth century, located in Port Melbourne on Beach Street. Fish species vary from Bream,…

Station Pier is a firm favourite fishing spot, going back to the nineteenth century, located in Port Melbourne on Beach Street.

Fish species vary from Bream, Flathead to Pinky Snapper, adult Snapper and Whiting. Not to mention garfish at times and of course calamari (squid.)

When fishing the Station 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. This is to expected, it’s called Port Melbourne for a reason!

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 rig*, but on occasion have used a running 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.

Station Pier Fish Species

Fish Species Suggested Bait

Flathead
All Year Round. Can be more sluggish during cooler months.
Often more active between late September and March.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Chicken Liver, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Nippers, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Australian Salmon
All Year Round
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Black Bream
All Year Round.
Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up late August. Active during warmer months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait

All Year Round.
Often targeted during July to August in Port Phillip & Western Port Bay


Mullet
All Year Round.
Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles

Pinky Snapper
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
October through to March.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Pipis, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Snapper
Later September to end of March.
Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Squid
All Year Round. Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence.
Top times can be during June to September.

Squid Jig

*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.

Address

Address: Station Pier, Victoria, Australia
Lat: -37.8423234
Lng: 144.9309936
Proximity: 5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO

Location Review & Rating


Pros

  • Close and easy access to Melbourne & Inner suburbs
  • Family-friendly  - children under strict supervision
  • Good range of fish habitats and fish species
  • In the right conditions, you can target big Snapper In clear, calm conditions Squid fishing can be productive.

Cons

  • Parking good, but can work out expensive during the day.
  • Toilets better than most.  Sometimes fair - sometimes a bit less than desirable condition.
  • Subject to regular closures for shipping traffic such as the Spirit of Tasmania.

Review Overview

Fishability
Pier Condition
Public Toilets
Parking
Family Friendly

Summary

Apart from the regular closures for ships docking and departing Station Pier is a very productive pier.

It's certainly well worth fishing when you can.  I would have rated the Fishability score a 5, but the closures really reduce the opportunities to catch fish.

4

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Dave
Dave

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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!

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