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|
|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
|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
|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
|All Year Round. |
Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.
Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles
|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
|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
|All Year Round. Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. |
Top times can be during June to September.
|Address:||Station Pier, Victoria, Australia|
|Proximity:||5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO|
Location Review & Rating
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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