Fishing Werribee South Pier

Fishing the Werribee South Pier (on the Werribee River Estuary) can be a challenge in the early part of the season. From September through to early December…

Fishing the Werribee South Pier (on the Werribee River Estuary) 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 with the Vic governments emphasis on improving boat ramps. The Werribee Boat Ramp is adjacent to the pier.

The river also discolours after heavy rains, which can send the Bream off the bite.  Yeah, Bream is a finicky fish.

So I try to keep an eye on recent weather when I’m fishing at Werribee South

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.

Fishing Werribee South River Entrance

Fishing Tips For Werribee South Pier

While flathead is caught in the estuary of the Werribee South Pier I’ve found them to be more common from off the adjoining Werribee South beach area on Port Phillip Bay.

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.

My advice is that 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 sinker for this reason. Though even a paternoster is going to get weed entangled at times.

At these times, regardless of the rig pattern chosen, I would recommend setting up a Weedless Rig.


Werribee South Pier Fish Species

Fish Species Suggested Bait

Black Bream
All Year Round.
Can become less active during Winter. Activity picking up late August. Active during warmer months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Whitebait

Flathead

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Mullet
All Year Round.
Can sometimes be the only game in town during cooler weather.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Earthworms, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Squid Tentacles

Australian Salmon
All Year Round
Common for schools to move through, chopping up the water before moving on. Can be common during cooler months.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Pinky Snapper
All Year Round. But much more prevalent during warmer months.
October through to March.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Pilchards, Pipis, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

Snapper
Later September to end of March.
Adult specimens often come closer towards shore to feed on reefs during rougher weather.

Bluebait, Chicken Breast, Crabs, Flathead Fillets, Mullet Fillets, Mussels, Pilchards, Pipis, Prawns, Sandworms, Squid, Squid Hoods, Squid Tentacles, Whitebait, Whiting Fillets

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

Bait Selection

With soft plastics, motor oil paddle-tails 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.

There can be a lot of smaller mullet and bream in the Werribee River at times. These can pick away at softer baits. So you really do need to fish proactively.

That’s to say. If you’re getting gentle tugs, but no hookups, be sure to check your bait every 10 to 15 minutes or so.

Alternatively – you can change down to a lighter rig, with smaller hooks if you want some little fish catch and release action.

Werribee South Pier Address

Address: Werribee South Boat Ramp, Diggers Road, Werribee South VIC, Australia
Lat: -37.9723245
Lng: 144.6865994
Proximity: 40 km from Melbourne via Princess Highway

Location Review & Rating


Pros

  • Close to the inner city and Western suburbs. Not to bad access from Northern suburbs. Access via Princess Hwy
  • Good range of fish habitats.  Beneath and out from the pier.
  • Bream a common target.  But flathead, mullet and even Whiting and Pinkies are in the river.
  • Car Parking is very good.  Free.  

Cons

  • Toilets vary from fair to looking and smelling like an open drain at times
  • Weed build-up can make fishing challenging at times.
  • Warm nights can be very busy with swimming and fishing being popular.

Review Overview

Fishability
Pier Condition
Public Toilets
Parking
Family Friendly
Environment & Pollution

Summary

Definitely worth a visit.  When the bream are biting fishing can be hectic.  Otherwise can be very slow going.

Be prepared for a lot of weed.  Consider using a weedless rig.  Particularly if spinning lures.

Current can flow fairly quickly at times.

5

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Dave
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