Fishing has long been one of Australia’s favourite past times and we’ve listed a few of our favourite places to cast a line and maybe catch some dinner for your family and friends!
Whether you are heading to where the locals cast a line at Station Pier, or out to Ferguson Street Pier in Williamstown with the family for a relaxing fish, there are many places around our beautiful city that are worth checking out.
A great Melbourne fishing spot is Werribee South Pier [21 Beach Road, Werribee South], where the Werribee River meets Port Phillip Bay, an inviting open mouth see’s ample fish swimming in and out of the Bay. Set up on the boat ramp and cast away from the entering vessels or grab your esky and walk down to the wooden walkway. With a long offshoot that takes you several meters over the deeper water, the jetty offers a great place to fish for the day. Be expecting to catch fish such as bream, yellow-eye mullet, Australian salmon, flathead and silver trevally off the pier. There is also a great walking track that hugs the water, so why not bring down your family and friends and have a day out on the Werribee Coast.
Located on Beach Street in Port Melbourne, Station Pier [Station Pier, Port Melbourne] is best known as the docking base for the Spirit of Tasmania. At times it is hard to fish if any larger ships are docked, though make your way to the smaller pier just off Station Pier to find a great spot for finishing. This smaller jetty on the right hand side of Station Pier offers productive fishing all year round. Expect to find several great eating fish including snapper, flathead and silver trevally. Be sure to arrive early as locals pack this pier in hope of catching a few fish for their family and friends. Even if you don’t catch dinner for the family, with great restaurants close by this great little pocket of Melbourne has you covered!
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This pier is located at the end of Ferguson Street [Nelson Place, The Strand and Ferguson Street, Williamstown]. The many moored boats in the area, together with a great view of the city over the water make it a picturesque spot to drop a line. The proximity of the pier to the city also makes is a great spot for families and friends to gather. 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. This area truly makes for a great day activity for the whole family!
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Freshwater fishing is different to saltwater fishing, and Jacksons Creek [Corner of Powlett St and Macedon St, Sunbury] offers some of the best open creek fishing in Victoria. Immerse yourself in the country surroundings, cast a line and relax. The best fishing is downstream from the junction of Riddells Creek. Trout can be caught on bait, lure or fly but bait fishing allows a range of species to be targeted. Favourable baits are worms, mudeyes, crickets and grasshoppers. Although, good fishing can still be achieved closer to Sunbury near the Goonawarra Public Golf Course. A perfect day away from the city, Jacksons Creek offers a relaxing day fishing and the opportunity to surprise the family with dinner!
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