Sandringham Fishing – The Rock Wall & Anchorage

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AddressSandringham Rock Wall & Anchorage
Lat/Lng-37.946002, 144.996486
Distance15.1 km from Melbourne
Current Temp18.1 °C- Stable - Station: Melbourne
Barometer1006.0 hPa - Stable
WindN-NW - 6 km/h
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Sandringham Fishing – The Rock Wall & Anchorage Overview

Sandringham Rock Wall FishingSandringham fishing largely centres around the rock wall and the Anchorage.

The area has proven to be very successful for me. Sandringham is a bayside suburb located on Melbourne’s beautiful Port Phillip Bay.

In the right conditions, the fishing has been good if not excellent at times.

It’s easy to overlook as it’s not visible from the road. Home of the Sandringham Yacht club. It sports several maintained toilet blocks (tending to be messy in the summer season due to high usage.)

There is ample public car parking. The yacht club parking area is for members and guests only. Parking fees can be a bit steep though.

Note you’ll need either a Parking App on your phone or a Credit/Debit card to pay fees as coins and notes are not accepted.

There are several possible fishing opportunities for land-based fishing. These include the piers and jetties, the beaches and the rock wall.

I’ve done well while fishing Sandringham for pinkies off the rock wall using a Whiting paternoster rig and chicken liver.

The chicken liver, being bloody, seems to get the pinkies biting. A tiny touch of garlic salt on the chicken liver works well too.

Don’t forget berley. Using a small berley cage attached to your leader – instead of a sinker – is a great way to attract smaller baitfish. This can increase your chances of hooking into larger target species such as snapper and flathead.

When using a berley cage, given the rocky nature of the area I’ll often rig it as breakaway using a hairclip cut down to size. This simple arrangement allows me to break free of the cage, should it get snagged on a rock ledge, without losing my whole leader and additional mainline.

Rakali Or Native Water Rat

Rakali or Native Water Rat
A Fully Protected Species

Special Note: if you’re fishing the rock wall at dawn or dusk keep an eye out for Rakali, or Native Water Rat.

They are more likely to be seen after dusk and during the night before dawn.

These little blokes can give you a start when you first see them.

They seem cautious, but not overly fearful of humans.

Some baits, like chicken liver, bring them in all around you.

They’re pretty harmless and are fully protected by state law. That means they must not be harmed.

To be honest they are really kind of cute.

If they manage to get too close to your bait bag a stamp of your foot nearby generally sends them scurrying off.

What Fish can you Catch at Sandringham?

Bream can be targetted from the rock wall into the safe harbour. Or from one of the jetties within the harbour area.

Soft plastics work well, spinning them around the moorings, under boats etc.

Pinkies abound off the rock wall during the Summer months.

While most are undersized some legal fish are there, as are adult snapper at times.

Fish SpeciesQuick Info
Broadnose Sevengill Shark
7 Gill Shark
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note:
Suggested Bait:
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

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

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.

Sandringham Fishing Bait & Tackle

  • Beach worms
  • Bluebait
  • Chicken
  • Mussels
  • Pilchards
  • Pippis
  • Prawns
  • Soft Plastics
  • Squid
  • Whitebait
  • Beach Rod
  • Boat Rod
  • Estuary Rod
  • Breakaway Rig (for when sinker gets stuck in rocks)
  • Paternoster Rig
  • Running Sinker

Kayak Fishing At Sandringham Rock Wall

Kayaks can be launched off the beach to the east of the rock wall – or from the beach area within the yacht harbour. It’s one of the better kayak fishing spots in terms of conditions and access.

Note there is a kayak fishing school located here – East Coast Kayaking. If you’re new to kayaking I strongly recommend you take a course.

There’s a lot of safety lessons you’ll need to learn – especially how to read tides, wind, waves and re-entering a kayak should you tip out (and you will tip out.)

I took this course in February 2019 and can recommend it.

When fishing from a kayak try paddling out from the harbour parallel with the beach. Then drift towards the headland to the west for flathead.

Alternatively, launch from the beach to the east of the harbour and either anchor or drift just offshore for flathead and pinkies.

Salmon can also be targeted here when a school moves in.



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Sandringham Fishing Review Summary

Overall Sandringham fishing anchorage, including the rock wall, piers and beaches can be excellent.

My only real complaint is the cost of parking and the often putrid state of what should be nice toilet amenities.

Sadly this is more a reflection on the poor habits of some visitors than the time, effort and money expended by the local council.  For once!!

The best bait I've found for pinkies and snapper when Sandringham fishing has been chicken breast.

  Nothing else has come close for me.

I generally use this along with my "secret sauce."

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
  • Best fishing times dawn and dusk

Cons

  • Parking good, but can work out expensive during the day.
  • Toilets unpredictable. Sometimes fair - sometimes rancid.
  • Easy to get snagged retrieving over rocks on rock wall

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