Portsea Pier
  |  First Published: August 2009


Working in a tackle shop, I often hear complaints from land-based anglers that there are not enough fishing options for them.

This time of year many boat anglers leave there toys at home and head straight for the Portsea Pier in search of monster calamari.


Squid will bite all day but dawn and dusk can be exceptional at times. The best time to catch a squid is within ten minutes of having caught the first one. Two hours either side of the high tide produces best on dawn.


A Shimano Nexave 2500 Spin reel matched with a Nexave 702 Spin rod will be ideal for casting artificial lures for squid. If you are using baits such as silver whiting you might want to upsize to a 4000 reel and a slightly heavier rod.


Simply tie your squid jig to the end of your line and you are fishing. If using silver whiting for big squid run a glitter bug float one metre above your double prong squid jig. Once the whiting is on the jig use bait mate to secure it properly.


For good table and bait size squid fish inside the pier casting your jig close to the pylons. For monster squid cast your silver whiting rig off the end of the pier into deeper water.


The best artificial jig in this area is the Clicks 2.5 Gold/Brown jig. It is a proven squid machine. For bigger fish try silver whiting or pilchards as bait.


Big squid enter the lower reaches of Port Phillip Bay this time of year to spawn. That is why this area fishes so well. They lay their eggs on the broken ground and then hang around to protect them.


When you walk along the pier look for dark black stains that will indicate squid were caught there recently. This is a great way of finding better than average squid locations on any pier.

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