Ferguson Street Pier Fishing

Information
AddressFerguson Street Pier
Lat/Lng-37.857121, 144.902481
Distance7.3 km from Melbourne
Current Temp17.3 °C- Stable - Station: Melbourne
Barometer1006.0 hPa - Stable
WindN - 5 km/h
Fishability Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star Fishing Forecast Rating Star 5/5

Ferguson Street Pier Fishing Overview

Ferguson Street Pier FishingFerguson 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 Stree Pier Fishing Fro Some Sizeable Snapper & Gummy Sharks

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 SpeciesQuick Info

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.
*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.



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Gotta love the bream when fishing Ferguson Stree 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.


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