Lagoon Pier Fishing

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AddressLagoon Pier
Lat/Lng-37.844992, 144.940143
Distance4.1 km from Melbourne
Current Temp8.6 °C- Stable - Station: Melbourne
Barometer1003.0 hPa - Stable
WindE-SE - 3 km/h
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Lagoon Pier Fishing Overview

Fishing Lagoon Pier FishingLagoon Pier fishing is considered to be all year round. Because it’s so close to the city it can get busy at times.

I’ve tended to catch smaller flathead and pinkies here. Most I returned to the water, a few were of legal size. Some fishos report catching bream, mullet, salmon and trevally.

The pier can be a good spot for calamari at times.

When fishing Lagoon Pier light. Standard spinning rod of 8′ to 9′ in length.

 

Fishing Lagoon Pier Tips

I’ve found the fish tend to start biting here on the tide change.

Like many pier fishing locations on Port Phillip Bay, strong wind conditions tend to see an increase in snapper catches.

There’s a lot of rocks, so you need to cast out a bit further to avoid snagging your line on them.

For this reason, I tend to use a paternoster rig at Lagoon pier – along with a break-off sinker that I fasten with a cut-down hairclip.

 

Lagoon Pier Fishing Tackle

When fishing Lagoon Pier  I tend to use lighter tackle, no more than a 10lb main line, up to 15 to 20lb leader.

A whiting style paternoster rig makes a good all-round rig on these kinds of piers in my opinion.

However, go heavier in rougher conditions when targeting big snapper and flathead.

A spinning rod with a length of around 8′ to 9′ is ideal. Some fishos recommend a running sinker. I personally prefer a paternoster rig here.

Soft plastics work well as lures.

You can try a variety of retrieval techniques, as well as “bait and wait” fishing with sandworm or prawn soft-plastics set up on a standard paternoster rig.

As with all fishing, berley is your friend at Lagoon Pier.

Breadcrumbs, tuna oil, chicken, garlic, aniseed all make good ingredients for your berley.

Good baits include pilchards, whitebait, prawns, sandworm, pippies and chicken.

Snapper and pinkies are more likely on the rising and high tide. While the low tide and running out seems to be when flathead’s on.

Note – the restriction on two fishing lines only here.

My choice here is a paternoster rig. For smaller fish like flathead, bream and pinkies this is ideal.

A paternoster rig works with a variety of baits including pilchards, whitebait, bluebait, squid tentacles or chicken. A Whiting Rig is ideal for this.

For larger snapper, a snapper rig is a good choice, baited up with pilchards and/or squid tentacles.

For Calamari, I’ve found a darker squid jig with some fluorescent striping or patches to work well. Including Black, dark reds etc with vivid green and blue floro’s.

Lagoon 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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Lagoon Pier Fishing Review Summary

Lagoon Pier is a great spot for some land-based fishing close to Melbourne.

A good selection of fish species is regularly caught here.

During a big blow, some larger snapper models come in within range.

At other times there's plenty of pinkies, flathead and bream to satisfy.

Because it's a heavily fished pier I recommend strongly the use of berley and scents!!

 

Pros

  • Close and easy access from around 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.

Cons

  • Parking good, but can work out expensive during the day.
  • Difficult to get on hot summer days.
  • Toilets unpredictable. Usually OK, but sometimes rancid.
  • Surrounding roads get pretty busy during peak hour.

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Just wandering if anyone had actually caught calamari down there.

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