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Some of the best Victorian land-based fishing is to be had from rock walls.
These are usually man-made structures, often forming protective harbours for boats.
The habitat they create for marine life makes them attractive for species such as flathead, snapper, whiting and of course calamari.
Fishing Sandringham 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 [...]
Portarlington Rock Wall forms a safe harbour for boats and adjoins the Portarlington pier. The Rock Wall has added a new dimension to fishing in Portarlington. It’s now possible to move beyond the pier and cast out into much deeper water and offshore reefs. While once the pier structure was the best fishing I’d have [...]
It’s considered to be one of the finest spots for fishing in Melbourne, by many. While it’s technically in the suburb of Newport I’ve included here under Williamstown. That’s because of the proximity to the boat ramp. I’d rate it a 5-star fishing spot because it certainly produces a lot of fish. But I decided one star [...]
Wyndham Harbour Rock Wall is a relatively new area. The rock wall, however, has begun producing fish. It allows you to get a fair way out into the water. With good depth and structure. You should be able to cast towards the south-east directly into Port Phillip Bay. Flathead is a common catch. While Pinky [...]
Most rock walls are located off coastal ocean spots, bay or estuaries in Victoria. Some freshwater opportunities exist, but they are nowhere near as common in my experience.
In the ocean bays and estuaries, common species include flathead, bream, mullet, both immature “pinky snapper” and adult snapper.
A lot of people use traditional baits very effectively.
These include pipis, pilchards, squid, mullet, beach worms, prawns etc.
Others flick lures and have significant success.
One of my own personal favourites off of rock walls is chicken liver.
While hard to keep on the hook (I wrap mine around the hook in elastic thread available at tackle shops) it is a very bloody bait and tends to attract both pinky snapper, adult snapper and flathead successfully. Often reducing the amount of burley I need to deploy.
This, as always depends on conditions and the species you are targetting.
While a long rod (12 foot or longer) is good for casting out into reefs just offshore a smaller setup is often more nimble and easier to manage.
For most people, I’d recommend a 9-foot general purpose spinning rod with matching reel.
My preferred rigs are either paternoster, running or a combination “break-off” rig when targetting snapper and flathead in challenging, snag prone areas.
A break off rig allows the sinker to break off when retrieving a fish, should it get snagged in crevices, kelp beds etc.