Kerferd Road Pier Fishing

Information
AddressKerferd Road Pier
Lat/Lng-37.849163, 144.951248
Distance4.2 km from Melbourne
Current Temp18.3 °C- Stable - Station: Melbourne
Barometer1006.0 hPa - Stable
WindN-NE - 6 km/h
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Kerferd Road Pier Fishing Overview

Kerferd Road Pier fishing offers a simple, easy to access pier that produces the usual fishing species on Port Phillip Bay.

Snapper, Flathead, Flounder, Trevally, Mullet and Calamari are all caught by anglers.

There’s the odd big snapper – especially during a big blow, with the vast majority of catches being smaller pinky snapper and flathead.

As a general rule of thumb, fish the rising tide for snapper and pinkies, the low and running out tide for flathead.

Keep in mind, as with all fishing spots, these rules are never hard and fast.

While Kerferd Road Pier is closer to Albert Park I’ve included it under the Port Melbourne fishing topic as it’s within range of the other hotspots in the area if you’re looking to target a series of locations.

Suggest Bait When Fishing Kerferd Road Pier

A lot of fishos choose pilchards, raw chicken breast and squid.

Personally, I’ve used whitebait, bluebait, prawns as well as soft plastics successfully at Kerferd Road Pier. With good catches of pinkies – many legal-sized.

I’d like to get back there and try out some chicken with my “secret sauce” as I have a feeling it would perform well here.

When fishing with bait I generally use a paternoster rig here. Though, on occasion will select a running sinker if the water is a bit rough.

Having said that. When I target flathead I’ll generally use soft plastics at Kerferd Road. Motor-oil colour works well. Paddle-tails being my usual choice.

Like all Piers close to the city this pier can get pretty busy. Split between folks fishing and people sightseeing.

Parking can be difficult at the weekend and on public holidays. Also later in the day in warmer weather. Parking is not free beachside, but there is some free parking in the backstreets. Just make note of the signs.

I’ve found it can get pretty busy later in the afternoon and early morning.

So, like most of the inner Melbourne fishing locations – in the warmer months, it pays to arrive a little earlier.

Recent upgrades have done a lot to restore usage of this pier, after being closed for some time. So it feels nice and solid underfoot again.

Kerferd Road Pier Fishing Tackle

Generally, I’d recommend fishing Kerferd Road Pier using light tackle.

However – there’s an exception to this.   During a big blow snapper often come in close here.  So heavier tackle is in order to handle a snapper rig and be able to case it.

At that time a beach rod and a snapper sinker with some chunky baits on a paternoster rig will often be needed to get the job done.

The rest of the time though fishing Kerferd Road Pier with light tackle is where the smart money is.

Either a running sinker or paternoster rig if using bait.  A light spinning rod with a line under 10kg (5 or 6kg often better) and light sinkers.

Kerferd Road Pier Fish Species

Fish SpeciesQuick Info
Australian-Salmon
Australian Salmon
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Black Bream
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up late August. Active during warmer months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait

Flathead
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note:
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets
Garfish
Garfish
Season: All Year Round - More common in cooler months.
Seasonal Note: 40 or More Species found in Victorian Waters
Suggested Bait: Small pieces of fish, bread, pippis or chicken suspended beneath either a float or feeder float are popular garfish rigs.

Mullet
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles

Pinky Snapper
Season: All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Seasonal Note: October through to March.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Pipis, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Snapper
Season: Later September to end of March.
Seasonal Note: Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Squid
Season: All Year Round.
Seasonal Note: Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. Top times can be during June to September.
Suggested Bait: Squid Jig - artificial or with a bait such as minnow, whitebait, bluebait, pilchard or prawn.

Whiting
Season: November to April
Seasonal Note: Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australia during cooler months.
Suggested Bait: Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait
*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.


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Kerferd Road Pier Fishing Review Summary

Kerferd Road Pier is a well established, historical fishing location and can get busy at times.

However, catches of fish are often good for a variety of species.

But it is certainly well worth trying.  Especially if you live close by!

Mostly because it is historically productive.  Is easy to access and offers a great range of fish species.

Pros

  • Close and easy access from Melbourne
  • 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.
  • Good spot for targeting flathead
  • Some free parking to be had in back streets, subject to signage.

Cons

  • Parking good, but can work out expensive during the day.
  • Toilets unpredictable. Sometimes fair - sometimes rancid.
  • Traffic can be heavy during peak hour

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