Portarlington Pier Fishing

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AddressPortarlington Pier
Lat/Lng-38.113163, 144.651797
Distance43.1 km from Melbourne
Current Temp11.5 °C- Stable - Station: Geelong
Barometer1006.0 hPa - Stable
WindSW - 14 km/h
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Portarlington Pier Fishing Overview

Fishing Portarlington PierPortarlington Pier fishing is made pretty comfortable as it’s a good modern pier. Fish for Australian Salmon, Flathead, Pinkies and Snapper.

Good water depth. A nice reef just off the far end.

Portarlington is located just within Corio Bay, which is a part of Port Phillip Bay and not that far from Port Phillip Heads.

It can be busy during the summer months when the tourists are in town.

But it’s quieter in the off-peak periods and quite productive.

The local beaches, adjoining the pier, including in front of the caravan park, are great flathead grounds. Especially if fished at night.

Portarlington Pier supports a local commercial fish industry, too. So early morning and early evening tend to be a time where the pro’s load and unload their vessels.

This can mean 4wd’s and refrigerated trucks moving up and down the pier for a little while. They’re great people doing their job, so respect them and give them room. Especially if you have the kids with you.

On several occasions, I’ve seen the waters at Portarlington go from glass like calm to huge squalls – and back again within a few hours.

This seems to be related to its location on Port Phillip Bay.  The offshore Bass Strait winds from the south and strong northerlies blowing across the bay from the north play a role.

It’s worth keeping an eye on weather conditions, but that’s the case for most Victorian coastal areas, particularly our larger bays.

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.

Gummy Shark
Season: All Year Round
Seasonal Note: Larger species are caught in Port Phillip & Western Port during April to July. With the Peak Month considered too be May.
Suggested Bait: Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, 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

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.

Kayak Fishing Portarlington Pier

The addition of the marina offers some sheltered kayak fishing opportunities. Both within the Portarlington pier, marina and the surrounding beach areas.

Be cautious of larger boats within the marina area. Launching your kayak should be possible from most of the beach-fronts and boat ramps.


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Portarlington is, in my opinion, overlooked and under-appreciated by a lot of fishos in Melbourne.

There's a range of good quality accommodation in the area.

It's well supported by a shopping district and the local hotels and restaurants offer some great meals.

Definitely add this to your list of places to visit if you love saltwater land-based fishing!

Pros

  • Day trip from Melbourne via Princess Fwy then Portarlington Rd
  • Good local accommodation options
  • Good fishing habitats and a variety
  • Land-based fishing with some kayak opportunities in the marine and off local beaches

Cons

  • Can get busy during peak season and school holidays
  • I've found when the fish are on they're on here, but when they're not it's a long time between bites

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David Scott Kane - Fishing Writer, Software Developer, Founder Getfished

G'day!

I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test. If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

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