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Where to fish land based in Melbourne

Postby Leden » Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:56 pm

Hi guys just sold my boat and was wondering where would be a good start on land base I don't care how far to drive I live in south morang a lot of my mates are saying docklands is doing good on bream but I want something decent I don't mind whiting but no idea where to go I came back from kangaroo island and the whiting there unbelievable but any help will be great thanks guys



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Re: Just sold my boat where to fish land based

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Popular Species
Australian salmon

Peak season: March – September
Technique: Baitfishing using a paternoster rig, or actively casting with metal lures or soft plastics.
Baits: Pilchards, whitebait, pipis, squid
Time and tides: Morning or late afternoon. A few hours either side of high tide.
Hot spot: Mordialloc Pier


Australian salmon
Bream

Peak season: June – November
Technique: Baitfishing using a running sinker, or actively casting with soft plastics or small hard bodied lures.
Baits: Bass yabbies, sandworms, prawns, mussels
Time and tides: Morning or late afternoon. A few hours either side of high tide.
Hot spot: Patterson River

Bream
Flathead

Peak season: October – March
Technique: Baitfishing using a paternoster rig, or retrieving soft plastics along sandy bottoms.
Baits: Pilchards, whitebait, prawns, squid
Time and tides: Can be caught throughout the day. A few hours either side of high tide.
Hot spot: Werribee River

Flathead
Garfish

Peak season:November – July
Technique: Fish under a float with very small pieces of bait placed on small long-shanked hooks. Add a split-shot or two between the float and hook to keep the bait down.
Baits: Pipis, prawns or any fish flesh
Time and tides: Can be caught throughout the day. Run-in tide.
Hot spot: Station Pier

Garfish
King George whiting

Peak season: November – April
Technique: Baitfishing using a paternoster or running sinker rig.
Baits: Pipis, mussels, bass yabbies, squid
Time and tides: Morning or late afternoon. A few hours either side of high tide.
Hot spot: Sorrento Pier

King George whiting
Leatherjacket

Peak season: Year round
Technique: Baitfishing using a small long-shanked hook around the pylons of a pier. Wind the bait up a short distance off the bottom.
Baits: Small pieces of pipi or squid
Time and tides: Can be caught throughout the day. Tide not important.
Hot spot: Mornington Pier

Leatherjacket
Silver trevally

Peak season: October – May
Technique: Baitfishing either under a float or on the bottom using a paternoster rig. Soft plastics worked slowly at mid-water.
Baits: Pilchards, whitebait, pipis, squid
Time and tides: Morning or late afternoon. A few hours either side of high tide.
Hot spot: Cunningham Pier

Silver trevally
Snapper

Peak season: October – May
Technique: Baitfishing using either a running sinker or paternoster rig. Soft plastics worked slowly down near the bottom.
Baits: Pilchards, silver whiting, whitebait, squid
Time and tides: Morning or late afternoon. A few hours either side of high tide.
Hot spot: Ferguson Street Pier

Snapper
Squid

Peak season: April – October
Technique: Use 'prawn-style' squid jigs (orange, pink and green colours) or skewer-style jigs baited with silver whiting or pilchard.
Baits: Pilchards, silver whiting
Time and tides: Can be caught through the day and at night under lights. Run-in tide is best.
Hot spot: Queenscliff Pier

Squid
Yellow-eye mullet

Peak season: March – September
Technique: Baitfishing using either a quill float or paternoster rig with small long-shanked hooks.
Baits: Sandworms, small pieces of pipi, whitebait or chicken, bread crust or raw dough
Time and tides: Can be caught throughout the day. Rising or run-out tide.
Hot spot: Mordialloc Pier


Yellow-eye mullet

Port Phillip Bay - Map
Spot 1 - Queenscliff Pier

The town of Queenscliff holds many attractions for families, tourists and holiday makers and is located on the south-western side of Port Phillip Bay. (Melway Ref: 487 A12)

This long pier is located at the end of Symonds Street and features a large shelter shed which can provide relief from inclement weather. There is also a lower landing which can be fished from. The pier produces a variety of fish but is best known for squid.
Fish species: Squid, yellow-eye mullet, Australian salmon, flathead, silver trevally, garfish, King George whiting
Amenities: Ample parking (inc. disabled) at the foot of the pier, toilets, shops, cafes and grassed reserves nearby. Swimming beach adjacent to the pier.

Spot 2 - Cunningham Pier

A large attractive pier situated on the Geelong waterfront district at Western Beach which has several restaurants situated on it. (Melway Ref: 452 C2)

Provides access to deep water and can accommodate a large number of anglers. Offers year round fishing with different species available at different times.

Fish species: Squid, Australian salmon, snapper, flathead, silver trevally, garfish, King George whiting, leatherjacket
Amenities: Parking on and adjacent to the pier, toilets, shops, cafes and grassed reserves nearby.

Spot 3 - Werribee River

The mouth of the Werribee River is situated at Werribee South on the northern side of Port Phillip Bay. Fishing is available from a number of jetties or a long section of beach. (Melway Ref: 209 E11)

The jetties are good platforms to fish for bream from. The sandy beach produces good-sized flathead during the warmer months and large mullet in winter. Be mindful of boat traffic in the river when fishing.
Fish species: Bream, yellow-eye mullet, Australian salmon, flathead, silver trevally
Amenities: Ample parking close by, toilets, boat launching facilities, seats, fish cleaning facilities, grassed reserves.

Spot 4 - Ferguson Street Pier

This pier is located at the end of Ferguson Street in Williamstown. The many moored boats in the area, together with a great view of the city over the water make it a very picturesque spot. (Melway Ref: 56 D8)

Fishing in close around the pylons of the pier will produce bream and silver trevally whilst casting out as far as possible from the end of the pier is recommended if targeting snapper and flathead.
Fish species: Snapper, flathead, silver trevally, Australian salmon, yellow-eye mullet, garfish, bream, rock ling
Amenities: Adequate parking is available nearby with public toilets situated along The Strand and in Nelson Place. There are many cafes and restaurants close by and walking and cycling paths along the waterfront.

Spot 5 - Station Pier
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Located on Beach Street in Port Melbourne, Station Pier provides docking for the passenger ferry Spirit of Tasmania. At other times cruise ships or naval vessels may be docked at the pier. The main section of the pier may be closed to fishing during these times. (Melway Ref: 56 K4)

Provides good fishing in both shallow and deep water with different species making an appearance at different times of the year. The small jetty on the right hand side of the main pier can be very productive particularly during the warmer months.
Fish species: Snapper, flathead, silver trevally, Australian salmon, garfish, tailor, barracouta, mulloway, rock ling
Amenities: Plenty of parking and public toilets near the end of the pier. There are numerous shops and cafes nearby in Beacon Cove.

Spot 6 - Mordialloc Pier

Situated on Beach Road in Mordialloc this long pier provides a range of fishing options for different species. Mordialloc Creek which runs into the bay alongside this pier offers additional fishing opportunities. (Melway Ref: 452 C2)

Bream and mullet can be caught in the creek year round. Autumn and winter are good times to fish the pier with a range of different species available.
Fish species: Squid, Australian salmon, snapper, flathead, silver trevally, garfish, King George whiting, leatherjacket, bream, yellow-eye mullet
Amenities: Ample parking, a toilet block, playground and a kiosk are all situated in the immediate area. There is also a shelter on the pier. Nearby Peter Scullin Reserve has barbeque and picnic facilities and access to the beach. Boat hire operators work out of Mordialloc Creek.

Spot 7 - Patterson River
Bait illustration

The relatively short estuary section of the Patterson River is located at Carrum. There are various access points on both sides of the river. A good starting point is to approach via Launching Way on the southern side. This gives access to various jetties, landings and sections of open bank. (Melway Ref: 97 D6)

Australian salmon and flathead can be caught from the rock wall at the mouth of the river with bream, yellow-eye mullet, silver trevally and mulloway available further upstream.
Fish species: Bream, yellow-eye mullet, Australian salmon, mulloway, flathead, silver trevally
Amenities: Ample parking close by, toilets, boat launching facilities, seats, fish cleaning facilities, grassed reserves.

Spot 8 - Mornington Pier

A very popular and productive pier situated on Schnapper Point Drive in Mornington, which also acts as a breakwater for a boat harbour. (Melway Ref: 104 D9)

Provides quality fishing all year round with summer and autumn being the best times. Options include casting into the open sea on the break wall side or fishing the lee side in quieter water. Fishing straight up and down around the pylons is also very productive.
Fish species: Squid, Australian salmon, snapper, flathead, silver trevally, King George whiting, leatherjacket, garfish, yellowtail kingfish
Amenities: Plenty of parking, and a toilet block and kiosk at the foot of the pier. Mornington Park is nearby and has a playground. There are two lookouts, walking trails and beaches nearby.

Spot 9 - Sorrento Pier
Bait illustration

A very wide and roomy pier situated on the Esplanade at Sorrento which also incorporates the Queenscliff to Sorrento and Peninsula Searoad Ferry Terminals. (Melway Ref: 157 C7)

Provides access to deep water however strong currents need to be considered. Can get very busy during holiday periods and weekends in the summer so try and plan a trip during the quieter times of the year.
Fish species: Squid, Australian salmon, snapper, flathead, silver trevally, King George whiting, leatherjacket, barracouta
Amenities: Parking and a toilet block at the foot of the pier. Cafes, shops and beaches in walking distance. Nearby Sorrento Park offers electric barbeques, picnic facilities and a playground.

Understanding Tides

The movements and feeding behaviour of many species of fish are strongly influenced by the rise and fall of the tide.

High tides generally allow fish to move into areas where the water is otherwise too shallow.
Currents caused by the rise and fall of the tide may bring food within reach of fish or allow them to feed more conveniently.
Therefore the success of a fishing trip can depend on whether you have taken the tide into account when planning when to go.
Information on the time of high and low tide (and height) can be found in most newspapers, fishing magazines and a variety of websites.
Tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon, and to a lesser degree the sun.
The interval between successive high tides averages out to about 12 hours and 25 minutes. Low tide occurs roughly half way in between.
There is a greater variation in water levels between high and low tide both in late autumn and late spring.

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Re: Just sold my boat where to fish land based

Postby Leden » Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:26 pm

Thank you very much :)

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Re: Just sold my boat where to fish land based

Postby DougieK » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:45 am

Can a mod sticky this thread? Answers a bunch of questions that get asked every week.
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Re: Where to fish land based in Melbourne

Postby Larksy88 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:32 am

I've been getting quite a few Flathead at Mt Martha, right on dusk, mainly on silver whiting or squid

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Re: Where to fish land based in Melbourne

Postby CanuckDownUnder » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:42 pm

All good info but, keep in mind: every year is different, every month is different. Fish are dynamic and constantly change behaviour so if the info above is not perfectly accurate, just improvise.
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Re: Where to fish land based in Melbourne

Postby bowl » Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:37 pm

Still salmon /tommy rough ,plenty of them in the barwon if ya need to collet some for bait.
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Re: Where to fish land based in Melbourne

Postby shazdoggg » Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:11 pm

Some pinkys on the inner reefs around the NE section of the bay. Burley, fresh bait and fishing light(tackle) helps a lot :thumbsup:
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Re: Where to fish land based in Melbourne

Postby gregmaka » Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:03 am

I got some great reports, Flathead and just on size pinkies at one of the Geelong piers,on Wednesday night.night. I'm going to there some time early next week.

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Re: Where to fish land based in Melbourne

Postby gregmaka » Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:06 am

Geelong pier,i don't know its name.
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