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This post is a small part taken from our Fishing Werribee River Entrance Getfished Article.
Fishing the Werribee River Entrance Pier can be a challenge in the early part of the season. From September through to early December it can be a bit weedy.
The weediness has been worse in recent years due to a lack of dredging. Hopefully, this will be fixed soon.
The river also discolours after heavy rains, which can send the Bream off the bite. So it pays to keep an eye on recent weather. As a general rule if there’s been heavy rain in the Western suburbs of Melbourne there’s a strong likelihood the Werribee River entrance will be discoloured.
In my experience, there seems to be more flathead caught off the pier in the months following dredging after the water settles and more sand is exposed.
In my opinion fishing light here makes sense. Keeping mainline at or below 10lb, with a slightly heavier leader if you must.
When the weed is thick it’s hard to keep your bait – or lures – out of it. I wouldn’t use a running sinkerRunning Sinker for this reason. Though even a paternosterPaternoster Rig is going to get weed entangled at times.
With soft plastics, motor oil paddletails seem to work well on bream and flathead.
With fresh and frozen baits I’ve found prawns to be amongst the best, with pilchards and pippies running a close second. Chicken breast, with a touch of garlic and/or aniseed, can work at times. But not always. So be prepared to try out different baits and presentations.