The coastal town of Rye is a summer favourite amongst Melburnians and is also a great all-round fishing spot.
Nestled in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Rye has a small but pretty beach, picnic areas and a long pier that stretches across crystal clear water. On Rye’s main strip, you’ll find a supermarket and several takeaway joints, including our favourite chicken shop: Rye’s Hot Chicks.
But it’s on the pier where the action happens. On sunny days, you’ll find locals fishing alongside visitors from all over Melbourne and beyond. It’s a friendly vibe and the locals are happy to lend a hand or pass on their tips.
Mixed bag of fish
But what we love about Rye is that you never know what you’re bound to catch. There’s just so much variety here, including salmon, squid, wrasse, flathead, whiting, leather jacket, and of course, banjo sharks.
The squid love coming out to feed at sunset.
As you might expect from a pier with so much variety, Rye has contrasting areas of sand, as well as weed reef and shell bottom.
Target the weedy areas using a paternoster rig with a sinker just heavy enough to keep your bait near the bottom. And if the fish aren’t biting, it’s best to move on to Rosebud.
Getting there: 1 hour on Point Nepean Highway from Melbourne [view in map]
Best times: High tide at dawn or dusk
What to catch & how:
- Whiting with pipis (or squid)
- Flathead with prawns
- Salmon with pilchards
- Squid with squid jigs
- Leatherjackets with prawns
- Garfish with silverfish
Where to eat: