Ferguson Street Pier is close to the city of Melbourne, which means it can get a bit crowded during the peak season of warmer summer weather.

However, during the week and cooler weather, it can be a great spot attracting fewer people.

It is a great pier for targetting flathead and bream on soft plastics!

I’ve seen a lot of kids targeting mullet and garfish over the years.


Ferguson Street Pier Fishing Overview

Ferguson Street Pier is close to the city of Melbourne, which means it can get a bit crowded during the peak season of warmer summer weather.

However, during the week and cooler weather, it can be a great spot attracting fewer people.

It is a great pier for targetting flathead and bream on soft plastics!

I’ve seen a lot of kids targeting mullet and garfish over the years.

But don’t be fooled by kids catching mullet and gars.

Some sizeable snapper and even gummy sharks are caught from this pier!

Squid and garfish enthusiasts can often be seen at this Pier too.

Catches also include good numbers of black bream and a healthy flathead population.

Plus – schools of Australian Salmon move in and bust up from time to time.

Ferguson Street Pier Fishing – Fish Species

Fish Species Quick Info
Australian Salmon
Arripis trutta
All Year Round
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.
Black Bream
Acanthopagrus butcheri
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Flathead
Platycephalus sp
All Year Round
King George whiting
Sillaginodes punctata
November to April
Known to migrate from Victoria to South Australian waters during cooler months.
Snapper
Chrysophrys auratus
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather in warmer months.
Pinky Snapper
Chrysophrys auratus
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
This name applies to juvenile specimens of Snapper
Squid
Sepioteuthis australis
All Year Round.
Best fished when waters are clear with little turbulence. Top times can be during June to September.
Gummy Shark
Mustelus antarcticus
All Year Round
Larger species are caught in Port Phillip & Western Port during April to July. With the Peak Month considered too be May.
Garfish
Hemiramphidae sp*

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.
*Some fish species vary according to time of year and local environmental conditions.

Ferguson Street Pier Fishing Bait & Tackle Choices

I’d recommend no more than a 9foot spinning rod.

Keep your mainline and leader a little lighter – no more than 10lb in my opinion (3 to 6lb for Garfish and Mullet.)

Perhaps with a slightly heavier leader for larger species like flathead, pinkies and snapper.

As far as baits go – Port Phillip Bay staples like Pillies (pilchards), squid and even chicken are common choices.

While including prawns, fresh or frozen, always makes sense.

I’d choose either a paternoster or a running sinker rig when fishing Ferguson Street Pier.

I’d tend to keep the hook size down, too. A smaller flathead or a whiting rig would be ideal.

With soft plastics, paddletails are a common choice. Accounting for some nice flathead fairly regularly.

My choice would be a motor oil colour. These seem to work well in so many spots when land-based fishing around Melbourne.

As always I can’t emphasise the use of berley highly enough. Enough to attract the fish to you, reducing casting distances as a result.

On top of that – try some of the excellent rub-on scents that are available. Both on lures and bait!

Note that only two fishing lines are permitted per angler.



Ferguson St Pier Review Summary

Gotta love the bream when fishing Ferguson Street Pier in Williamstown.

Certainly worth a visit for that alone.

There’s usually pinkies during the warmer months.

As well as squid and flathead throughout the year.