Many of the local fishing spots are shared with commercial activity. Being Melbourne’s principal port the navy, ferry service to Tasmania and container ships use the area.
As such some areas are off-limits permanently, while others close according to usage. For example, Station Pier closes when the Spirit of Tasmania is docked.
Like many fishing spots nearby to Melbourne and suburbs the area is fairly heavily fished. However, there are many days when things are very quiet. Giving you a better chance. Early mornings are a particularly good time.
That’s not to say good catches aren’t taken at other times. When the fish are on these spots can be excellent. Much of the area is adjacent to the Yarra River estuary system, which includes the Maribyrnong river.
Despite commercial usage of the area. Even though it’s been heavily fished since European settlement. The Port Melbourne area it still produces large numbers of fish!
Plus – it’s relatively easy to fish. While there is the odd snag, a few rocky drop-offs etc for the most part it is fairly clear of obstacles.
It produces some good-sized bream, mullet and flathead. While the odd mulloway can be targeted by those prepared to do the hard work needed to catch these monsters.
In the lower reaches of the Yarra estuary, pinky snapper is quite common, too. Plus, on occasion, larger adult snapper is taken.
Expect the unexpected catch. Some surprising species make their way into the area at times.
4 Port Melbourne Fishing Spots
|Address:||Bay Trail, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia|
|Proximity:||5.9 km from Melbourne's GPO|
It’s possible to launch a kayak from several places around the Port Melbourne region.
Finally you could start upstream of the Yarra or Maribyrnong and work your way down to the ports.
Just keep in mind you are sharing this port with some enormous ships. Huge cargo vessels, tug-boats, cruise ships even naval vessels on occasion.
They cannot avoid you – you must avoid them. They are too big to stop quickly and turn large to turn safely.