LOCAL FISH SPECIES

Bream fishing fishingmad.com.au
Snapper fishing fishingmad.com.au

Bream has become one of the most targeted fish in Australia with the explosion of soft plastics and lure fishing. National competitions such as the ABT are gaining a great following. What makes Bream such an intriguing fish is there renowned smarts, their ability to play with baits without taking the hook. Learning to master Bream fishing takes time and patience that makes you an overall better fisherman for all other species. There isn't a better species to target on light spinning gear.

 

Size

Most caught between 25cm & 40cm. A good size Bream is 35cm & over.

 

Legal Size

28 cm

 

Bag Limit

10

 

Bait Recommendations

Maggots, Scrub worms, Pilchards, Mussels, Yabbies, raw chicken strips

 

Lure Recommendations

The choice is simply endless. My recommendations include Cranka Crabs, Z-man grubs, EcoGear ZX, VX, Range, Slim SwimZ, Strike Pro Hummer vibe, Jackall Chubby, Atomic Hardz, Berkley Big Eye blades, Berkeley 3B crank puppy dog, Gulp Nemesis, Hurricane Vibe, Daiwa Double Clutch, OSP Bent Minnows

 

Tips

Bream love structure. If you're fishing plastics or lures there is little point staying in a stationary location. It pays to keep moving and find structure like weed beds, pontoons, oyster racks and cast as close to the structure as possible

 

Rod/Rig setup

Fish as light as possible. A 7 foot rod with 1 – 4 kilo capacity, with a 1000 to 2500 size reel spooled with fine monofilament or braid. A rod sensitive to see the bites & inquiries. There are many rods combos on the market designed for Bream Fishing.

 

If bait fishing a very simple running rig. A small bean sinker to swivel, then roughly 45cm of 4 pound leader to a small hook

 

Best times

Bream are an all year round prospect and can be caught at any time of the day, Thought I would always recommend better chances during high tide or at dusk and dawn as your best periods.

Snapper are an iconic fish of Victoria, with seasonal runs during Spring and Summer. Areas such as Port Philip Bay, Western Port & Bass straight sees local boat ramps queuing a mile long in the very early hours of the morning. Snapper are a great fish because of their beautiful appearance,  wonderful fighting qualities, taste and ability to be targeted by both bait & lures. Snapper is the species that Victorian anglers dream of catching.

 

Size

Snapper can range anywhere from 20 cm to 10 kilo.

 

Legal Size

28 cm

 

Bag Limit

Snapper limit of 3 over 40 cm, Pinkies limit of 10 between 28 and 40 cm

 

Bait Recommendations

Pilchard, Squid, Whiting, Chicken.

 

Lure Recommendations

Berkley Gulp jerk shads, Berkley minnows, Zman sreaks curl tails, Zman grubs, range of Blades and Vibes, Berkley Nemesis, Squidgy paddle tails,  Squidgy slick rigs, octo jig, 50-70mm vibes

 

Tips

When fishing for Snapper it's often a case of presenting the best baits and waiting, hoping for a big strike. For boat fisherman the game has changed often sounding looking for schools of Snapper before anchoring. This is becoming a superior technique to anchoring and waiting.

 

Rod/Rig setup

When bait fishing for Snapper you cant go past many many of the ready made Snapper combos. Which are generally 7 foot 6 in size and 5-8 kilo capacity. Which is perfectly suited to a shimano baitrunner 4000 reel. When lure fishing for Snapper the idea setup is 3-5 kilo rod with a 3000 size reel spooled with 6 pound braid.

 

If possible fish an unweighted pilchard, However if land based you'll need a heavy sinker to cast out far. 20 pound on the main line is fine, then 50cm of 40 pound Black Magic leader to size 5 Big Red Mustad hook. A snelled hook setup is a great choice allowing 2 hooks to securely hold onto the bait for better presentation and better hook up rates.

 

Best times

In Victoria the annual Snapper run from October to February. They are often best targeted at Dawn/Dusk.

Whiting fishing fishingmad.com.au
Flathead fishing fishingmad.com.au

Flathead are the perfect bread and butter species and one of the most targeted fish in Victoria. There easily accessible providing anglers with good fighting qualities and they simply taste terrific ( one of my favourite eating fish ). There fairly easy to catch, and can be targeted in a variety of waters. There also a great fish to target in many different ways, Boat or land-based and bait or using lures and plastics.

 

Size

Most flathead caught will generally be between 25 and 40 cm. However you can get flathead much bigger.

 

Legal Size

27 cm

 

Bag Limit

20

 

Bait Recommendations

Pilchards, Mussels, Squid, Chicken, whitebait, Pipis, Blue Bait, Prawns

 

Lure Recommendations

Soft-plastics - Just about any style or colour flathead are not fussy. If you land the lure near them they will likely have a go. Other good options include curly tail grubs, Vibes and Blades.

 

Tips

Handle flathead carefully. They have spikes located behind there head which can give you a nasty sting and cause severe bleeding.

 

Sand flats are a great place to target Flathead. They are ambush predators that will wait for smaller fish to swim buy for an easy meal. This is why its important to keep your baits and your soft plastics on the bottom for as long as possible thats where the flathead will be.

 

Rod/Rig setup

Ideally using a light ( 2 - 4 kilo ) 7 foot Rod which allows you to enjoy the fight. Accompanied with a 2500 or 3000 size reel spooled with 6lb monofilament line or braid.

 

Usually a very simple running rig. A small bean sinker to swivel, then roughly 45cm of 6 pound leader to a size 6 long shank hook.

 

Best times

Flathead are an all year round prospect and can be caught at any time of the day, Thats what makes them such a great species.

Whiting are a long and slimy fish with a small mouth that have undoubtable reputation of high eating and fighting qualities that make them a highly targeted species for anglers. Most common are the King George Whiting and smaller grass whiting. they are found in the shallows of the bay and estuary systems

 

Size

Most whiting caught will generally be between 20 and 30 cm. However you can get whiting over 40cm.

 

Legal Size

No size limit

 

Bag Limit

20

 

Bait Recommendations

Pipis, Yabbies, Sandworm, Pilchards, Squid, Chicken, whitebait, Mussels

 

Lure Recommendations

Whiting will happily take worm and minnow imitation plastics such as gulp turtle back worms and Damiki rippers. They also respond very well to surface poppers such as the Storm Gomoku Popper series.

 

Tips

Whiting respond really well to Berley. Something as simple as chicken pellets, Tuna oil and some pilchards will work well.

 

Weed beds are the best place to target Whiting. If you're in a boat you can sound in reasonably shallow areas for weed on the bottom.

 

Rod/Rig setup

Whiting fishing requires a subtle finese, therefore a very light 7 foot 2-4 kilo rod allows you to enjoy the fight coupled with a 2000 size reel spooled with 4-6 pound monofilament or braid

 

When bait fishing a simple running rig with a small sinker to swivel, then 40cm of 4 pound leader to a small baitholder hook or a paternoster rig with 2 hooks and a size sinker depending on your conditions.

 

Best times

Whiting are an all year round prospect and can be caught at any time of the day, However they are more commonly caught in Summer and during high tide.

Trout fishing fishingmad.com.au
Redfin fishing fishingmad.com.au

Redfin are an introduced species and considered by many anglers as a noxious pest, however I say Redin are a great. They fight hard, they can be caught on both lures and bait, they breed heavily and when cooked properly taste great. They area a terrific species for kids to target. Plain and simple one of my favorite bread and butter species.

 

Size

Redfin can be caught in big numbers. I generally find most catches are between 20cm and 30cm. Though they can grow up to just over 50cm

 

Legal Size

There are no size limit for Redfin. Though I will never quite understand why people keep the small ones

 

Bag Limit

No limit, and the VIC DEPI would encourage you not to release your caught redfin which will encourage species like Trout to flourish

 

Bait Recommendations

Scrub worms, earth worms, fresh water yabbies

 

Lure Recommendations

Redfin are not fussy and will go at most lure types including spinners, soft plastics, blades and hard bodies. My recommendation is to start with a brightly coloured soft plastic curly tail on a 1/8 ounce jig head. A great starting point is the Zman grubs in pink.

 

Nories Metal Wasabi, Zman Grubs, Vibrax Spinners, EcoGear power Shad, Bullet Lures, Fish Arrow J Shads, Vibes, Pontoon 21 Paco Spoon

 

The trick with fishing plastics is to let cast, then let the plastic sink to the bottom. Wait a few seconds then lift and retrieve a little bit then stop again allowing the plastic to hit the bottom. Alternatively a slow constant slow roll keeping the lure close to the bottom.

 

Tips

Redfin breed in massive numbers. My tip is to keep moving until you start getting bites. If I’m fishing plastics ill always do 3 or 4 casts, if I don’t get any bites then I move on a littler further and keep doing this until I'm in the right area.

 

Rod/Rig setup

Fish light it’s just so much more fun. When targeting reddies on soft plastics I use a light 7 foot spin rod with a 2000 series reel and light line. When bait fishing I use a 7 foot light rod, 3000 size reel and would go for a paternoster rig with a small sinker at the bottom.

 

Best times

Redfin are much more active in the warmer months, however some of the big ones can be caught during winter. I would always fish for them first hours of sunlight and last hours of sundown, or on overcast days.

Trout most commonly the Rainbow and Brown are an introduced species and probably the most targeted fresh water species in Victoria. Trout fishing is thriving and Trout are being stocked by the thousands yearly to produce great fishing. Trout fishing brings to life fly fishing a wonderful technique that many anglers will never master.

 

Size

Trout can grow up to a meter in length. though most catches will usually be between 20cm and 40 cm.

 

Legal Size

There are no size limit for Trout. Though I will never quite understand why people keep the small ones

 

Bag Limit

5 Trout per day per person.

It also pays to check your open and close seasons. Fishing for Trout in closed seasons can come with a hefty fine.

 

Bait Recommendations

Mudeye, Power bait, Scrub worms, earth worms, Corn kernels suspending from a float or with a very light running sinker.

 

Lure Recommendations

If your enjoy targeting Trout then it would be a great idea to pay a highly training fly fisherman to take you out for the day and teach to the basic skills to get you started. However there are endless lure options for trout.

Good choices include metal spoons, minnow imitations like the Rapala Count down series. Soft plastics and your humble spinners also are very effective.

 

Nories wasaby. Pontoon 21 Paco, Bullet lures, Rapala CD 5, Pink Tassie Devil, Yo-Zuri crysal minnow, EcoGear MX series in shallow streams.

 

Tips

Keep an eye on release dates generally before school holidays to give kids a great opportunity to catch trout in local river systems.

 

Use waiters to allow you to fish from within the water allowing you to target better spots or cast further. Though Trout can be spooked easily so tread cautiously and try to keep the noise down.

 

Rod/Rig setup

Trout fishing requires finnesse and going light is more fun. I recommend a 1-3 kilo 7 foot spin rod with a 2000 series reel and light line. When bait fishing I use a 7 foot light rod, 2500 size reel either a float or small running sinker to a swivel and very fine leader.

 

Best times

Trout should be targeted in the colder months with Winter and Spring your best time to catch a nice rainbow or Brown.

Trevally fishing fishingmad.com.au
Squid fishing fishingmad.com.au

Squid are a truly a unique and magnificent creature. They can be targeted from Pier, rocks or Boat. They taste brilliant and are loads of fun to target.  They introduce a whole new dynamic to fishing and have provided anglers with an explosion of jig types weights and colours to choose from.

 

Size

Squid are measured by their hood. Squid vary in size, but fishing from Western Port and Port Philip bay most catches will have a hood size between 20 to 40 cm.

 

Legal Size

No size limit

 

Bag Limit

10

 

Bait Recommendations

Pilchards can work, however id recommend switching to a squid jig

 

Lure Recommendations

Squid jigs come in a whole range of colors, sizes, reflective cloth options and prices. Everyday is different the only right answer is to have a range of colours and sizes to switch between when the bite is quiet. I prefer 3 gram size in glow white, dark red and black colors. Some great options include Shimano Egixile, Daiwa Emeraldas, Yamashita live

 

Tips

If you're in a boat you can sound in reasonably shallow areas for weed on the bottom. Using your squid jig can be as simple as casting your jig out and retrieving it back very slowly.

 

Rod/Rig setup

There are some great EGI rod combos on the market. There generally light rod between 7 to 9 foot in length. They generally consist of a ideally 2 – 5 kilo capacity, with a 2500 size reel.

 

Best times

Squid are an all year round prospect more active at dawn and dusk.

Trevally pound of pound one of the best fighting fish in all of Australia. In the top parts of Australia surface popping for big Trevally is one of the bucket list fishing experiences that you must tick off. They are super strong beats and even the smaller ones will give you a fun fight. There a beautiful looking fish that shine in the sunlight. They come in a range of types and sizes from Silver, Diamond, Giant, Golden and Big eye.

 

Size

The Trevally vary in size. The Giant Trevally is a monster that can grow in excess of 40 kilo and feel like a freight train on the end of your line. In the estuary systems you can catch many small Trevally.

 

Legal Size

20 cm

 

Bag Limit

20

 

Bait Recommendations

Chicken, Pilchards, Squid, Mussels

 

Lure Recommendations

Trevally will happily take worm and minnow imitation plastics such as gulp turtle back worms and Damiki. Also surface poppers, Squidges, Curly tail grubs

 

Tips

If your heading North then go on a charter that specialize in chasing Trevally. They will provide you with the adequate rods and jigs required to target these magnificent species. They will also know how and where to target them. Often looking for known reefs.

 

Rod/Rig setup

If targeting the big Trevally then a decent game outfit will be required. Or if your game you can try with lighter gear.

 

Best times

Trevally are an all year round prospect that can generally be caught during any time of the day

Leather Jacket fishing fishingmad.com.au
Australian Salmon fishing fishingmad.com.au

Australian Salmon are a great fish to target in the Winter months. You will know when you have hooked a Salmon as they go on long fast runs. There a great fish to target by bait, metal spoons and plastics.

 

Size

Salmon vary in size, in estuary you can get large schools that are barely the legal size but in ope surf areas you can certainly get them 50cm and bigger

 

Legal Size

21cm

 

Bag Limit

20

 

Bait Recommendations

Pilchard, Blue Bait or Squid

 

Lure Recommendations

Metal spoons such as Halco Twisty, Maria Mucho Lucir, EcoGear Teibo jig. All between 20 to 40 grams. I also highly recommend Minnow style soft plastics in natural colours, grub style soft plastics,

 

Eating Rating

Not great to eat often used for Cat Food. However many anglers will argue if there bled out properly that there good eating. Australian Salmon is very different to the Atlantic Salmon that were used to eating in restaurants

 

Tips

details coming soon.....

 

Rod/Rig setup

A 10 foot Surf rod which will allow you to cast long distances. I like using light affordable surf rods like the  Wilson Blue Steel. You will generally use a 3000 to 4000 size reel spooled with 12lb monofilament line with a running sinker to a swivel. Then 20 pound leader and size 4 circle hook.

 

Best times

Salmon can be caught anytime of day but are more active in the colder winter months

Leather Jackets come in many different types in Victoria such as the six-spinned, Chinaman,  Horseshoe, toothbrush and fan-bellied to name just some. There often beautifully unique looking with rich colours, and can be difficult to catch as their sharp teeth can easily cut though line and crush hooks. You'll often find them around Wiliamstown, Geelong, Queenscliff, rickets point and Flinders

 

Size

Most leather jackets are between 15cm to 30 cm

 

Legal Size

No size limit

 

Bag Limit

20

 

Bait Recommendations

small piece of Prawn, Pilchard, Squid or Mussels

 

Lure Recommendations

Don't generally specifically target leather jackets with lures and plastics

 

Eating Rating

A very underrated eating fish. Most anglers will throw them back but they are an excellent plate fish. They have very few bones making them easy to clean and a soft sweet flesh

 

Tips

Regularly using Berley will help attract leather jackets, and using small strong hooks is essential. Occasionally jigging your bait of the bottom helps spark bites

 

Rod/Rig setup

The same setup which you would often use to chase Whiting would be an ideal choice for chasing leather jackets. I prefer a a foot 2-4 kilo light rod which allows you to enjoy the fight coupled with a 2000 size reel spooled with 8 pound monofilament

 

Best times

Leather Jackets can be caught at any time of the day all year around. Just remember to burley up for them.

Mulloway fishing fishingmad.com.au
Gummy Shark fishing fishingmad.com.au

Gummy Sharks are a beautiful looking shark that are easy to identify because of the small Grey spots on there back and famously get there name because they have no teeth. There a prime target in Victoria especially in Western port and Port Philip bay because of there brilliant fighting capabilities and there wonderful eating qualities making them one of the best table fish

 

Size

The legal keeping size is 45cm from the back of the gills to front of the tail. However gummy sharks can grow up to 2.5 meters in length

 

Legal Size

45cm Partial

 

Bag Limit

2

 

Bait Recommendations

Pilchard, Salmon, Trevally, Eel, Yakka's, Garfish & Squid

 

Lure Recommendations

Don't generally specifically target gummies with lures and plastics

 

Eating Rating

Top class eating fish. Very hard to go past some freshly caught and cooked flake in batter with lemon. Simple and great.

 

Tips

Tidal entrances are a great place to target Gummy sharks who will often be going through these areas looking for an easy meal. Each side of the tidal flow where the water slackens is a great time to keep your bait on the bottom where the gummy may be lurking

 

Rod/Rig setup

A strong 6 - 10 kilo rod will be required with a 4000 reel spooled with 20 to 30 lb line and 40lb leader. Usually done with a basic running rig to a single 8/0 hook

 

Best times

All year around but they do slow down a little in the Winter months

Mulloway or Jewfish are a prized catch that sits on the top of many Victorian anglers bucket list. Its a big powerful fish that commands respect with needed patience and dedication to catch. Mainly caught in estuary systems such as Barwon River, Mallacoota, Yarra River and Glenelg river. Mulloway are predators that will take bait or plastics.

 

Size

Mulloway can grow to enormous sizes which is incredible for this strong fighting fish. I have seen many Mulloway well over a meter

 

Legal Size

60 cm

 

Bag Limit

Limit of 5

 

Bait Recommendations

live bait is the best choice when targeting Mulloway. Live Mullet, Salmon or Whiting are top choice. With them carefully being rigged behind the back of the neck to allow th bait to swim freely or like a wounded fish. Dead baits can include Pilchard, Chicken & Squid

 

Lure Recommendations

large soft plastics and shads will work best for Jewies including whip baits and slick rigs. Squidgy have a range of soft plastics that work very well. large natural looking colours that mimic bait fish are the best choice

 

Tips

Bait presentation and patience is critical when chasing Mulloway. Make the bait as natural as possible and be prepared to put in the hours

 

Rod/Rig setup

A 7 foot road 10 to 15 kilo class will be required with a 4000 reel spooled with 20 to 30 lb line and 40lb leader. Usually done with a basic running rig to a single 8/0 hook or a double snelled hook to present the bait nicely

 

Best times

Mulloway can be caught anytime but they are more active at night and I have often heard very active during full moon phase

Garfish fishing fishingmad.com.au
Murray Cod fishing fishingmad.com.au

Murray Cod is Australia's largest fresh water fish. They can reach up to 60 kg in weight and well over a meter in size. They have very distinctive green spotted pattern over its head and body finished with an enormous opening mouth. Murray Cod numbers have decreased rapidly in recent times which has enforced stronger limits and more cod stocking programs. This fish is generally target6ed in areas such as Murray river, Goulbourn River, Ovens river, Mulwala and Eildon

 

Size

Murray cod is the biggest fresh water fish in Australia. It can grow to 1.8 meters in length and over 60 kilos. There a slow growing fish that can live up to 50 years of age

 

Legal Size

Min 55cm Max 75cm

 

Bag Limit

River 1, Lake 2

 

Bait Recommendations

Yabbies, Bardi Grubs, Cheese & Scrub worms

 

Lure Recommendations

Spinnerbaits, Large soft plastics, Stumper Jumpers in a range of colors and sizes are very hard to beat

 

Tips

Cast spinner baits, hard bodies and soft plastics in snag areas and structure and retrieve slowly. Then hold on.

 

Rod/Rig setup

A strong rod built for purpose like a Shimano T-Curve combined with a baitcaster reel spooled with 20lb to 30lb braid and a 30lb to 40lb leader. A running sinker to a swivel then leader to a size 4/0 mustad hook

 

Best times

Check Cod opening and closing dates which effects all waterways except for lake Eildon which is open all year round

Garfish AKA the mini Marlin are a popular fish to target in Victoria. There are many different types of Garfish that all look quite similar but these fish are cost commonly targeted from Piers.

 

Size

The can grow to 50cm in length but are most commonly caught between 20cm and 30 cm

 

Legal Size

No size limit

 

Bag Limit

40

 

Bait Recommendations

Maggots, glacies, or small pieces of prawn, silverfish, pilchard or Pipi

 

Lure Recommendations

Garfish have very small mouth so targeting them with lures is very difficult making bait a more logical choice.

 

Eating Rating

Garfish are quite bony fish but overall are an excellent eating fish with sweet flesh.

 

Tips

Chase garfish using a pencil or quill float for best success with some glacies or live maggots

 

Rod/Rig setup

A very lite nibble tip rod of 8 to 9 foot in length are perfect when chasing garfish. a 2000 to 3000 size reel with 4 lb monofilament and a very small size hook is needed as these guys have a large snout but very small mouth

 

Best times

Garfish can be caught all year round at anytime of the day

Carp fishing fishingmad.com.au
Golden Perch Yellow Belly  fishing fishingmad.com.au

Golden Perch or yellow belly are a native fish that get their name from their distinctive golden colour. They are generally quite thick and have a strange hump shape on their heads that give them a unique look.  There also a good fighting fish. There often targeted at Lake Hume, Lake Eildon, Goulbourn River, Loddon Rive, Campase River and Lake Eppalock

 

Size

commonly caught between 30cm to 55cm but can grow larger. I have seen a few over 5 kilos

 

Legal Size

30cm

 

Bag Limit

5

 

Bait Recommendations

Scrub worms, Shrimp, yabbies, earthworms and prawn

 

Lure Recommendations

Spinerbaits, Spinners and hard bodies. Medium sized Stump Jumpers in white/black or purple/black, and bibless cranks (TN60) in gold or natural/carp colors. Lake Police Jackall TN50 or 60 in any color.

 

Eating Rating

Rated as a top quality eating fish, with a lovely sweet flesh

 

Tips

Cast towards structure and deep holes thats were your likely to find these guys hiding. Many lakes have submerged trees which is a great spot to flick lures at.

 

Rod/Rig setup

Fish light it’s just so much more fun. When targeting Perch on soft plastics I use a light 7 foot spin rod with a 2500 series reel and light line. When bait fishing I use a 7 foot light rod, 3000 size reel and would go for a paternoster rig with a small sinker at the bottom. The paternoster rig will generally be baited up with scrub worms.

 

Best times

Caught during all times of the day. Surprisingly the biggest ones I have caught have been during the middle of the day.

Carp AKA Mud Marlins are an introduced species which has plagued our fresh water systems. They adapt to any type of environment and breed at astronomical rates and take over other resident species, Its for this reason that they are considered a pest and a species which cannot be returned to the water. However for anglers that like targeting Carp they have some advantages they grow huge, they fight well and there easy to target with simple baits and rigs.

 

Size

Carp can grow well over a meter in length even in small shallow systems

 

Legal Size

No minimum

 

Bag Limit

None, must not be returned to water

 

Bait Recommendations

Corn, Scrub-worms, Bread, Maggots

 

Lure Recommendations

Traditionally are caught on bait however it has become a big craze in recent times to catch them with natural looking minnows, grub tail soft plastics and hard body lures. 70mm Squidy wrigglers in bloodworm, Strike tiger curl tail grub in bright yellow and hard body lures such as Atomic Hardz in natural colours are great choices.

 

Eating Rating

Not a good eating fish full stop. Some nationalities cleans them then boil them and use for soup but not something I personally would do.

 

Tips

Easy to target put on some corn, bread or worms and hang on.

 

Rod/Rig setup

Targeting Carp on light gear is great. Personally I like using 7 foot rod that has a 4 - 6 kilo capacity, a 3000 or 4000 size reel spooled with 12 pound line and a 8 pound leader with a very small running sinker to a swivel.

 

Best times

Any time of day but you'll get more bites on sunrise and sundown.

Mullet fishing fishingmad.com.au
Tuna fishing fishingmad.com.au

Tuna fishing, a big time game style fish that creates a frenzy throughout the winter months in Victoria. Bluefin, Yellowfin, & Albacore grow to massive sizes, they have remarkable fighting qualities and unparalleled eating qualities.

 

Size

details coming soon.....

 

Legal Size

No Limit

 

Bag Limit

2

 

Bait Recommendations

details coming soon.....

 

Lure Recommendations

Skirts and trolling lures

 

Eating Rating

A top quality eating fish either sushi, steaks and may other ways.

 

Tips

details coming soon.....

 

Rod/Rig setup

details coming soon.....

 

Best times

details coming soon.....

Mullet

 

Size

details coming soon.....

 

Legal Size

No Limit

 

Bag Limit

40

 

Bait Recommendations

Bread, Maggots, small strips of pilchard

 

Lure Recommendations

small minnow looking soft plastics, and small grub style soft plastics. I have caught many using Z-man slim SwimZ which imitate a natural bait

 

Eating Rating

Personally I'm not a big fan but some would argue if there bled properly can be decent eating

 

Tips

If possible berley the area hard with bread and oil. Then use small hooks, small pieces of bait or small lures with a slow constant retrieve.

 

Rod/Rig setup

Fish light it’s just so much more fun.

 

Best times

details coming soon.....

KingFish Yellowtail fishing fishingmad.com.au
Elephant Fish fishing fishingmad.com.au

Elephant Fish are an intriguing fish with an distinctive look that makes them truly unique. They do however have good fighting qualities and are much fun to catch on light gear in Western port between March and May.

 

Size

Can grown up to 1.2 meters in length and 7 kilos in weight

 

Legal Size

No Limit

 

Bag Limit

1

 

Bait Recommendations

Elephant fish are not fussy eaters and they will happily take a wide range of baits. Good bait options include pilchard, squid, and pipis ideally on to a circle hook.

 

Lure Recommendations

details coming soon.....

 

Eating Rating

Treated very similar to a shark in the way they are prepared, cooked and cleaned. They also taste similar to flake so are a good table fish. Just make sure you abide by legal catch limits.

 

Rod/Rig setup

You can go with your snapper setup or if you prefer a fight go with your whiting/bream setup. Personally I like to find a middle ground between both. A 3-5 kilo rod with 3000 size reel spooled with 8 to 12 pound braid is ideal. A running sinker to a swivel then 60cm of strong leader to a circle hook is a great option. You can also achieve this through the use of an easy-rig to a swivel and leader.

 

Best times

Elephant fish can be located around Western Port and Port Phillip bay between March and May in good numbers. A good Autumn fish to put on your list

Catching a big Kingfish is the stuff that local anglers dream about. Yellowtail King Fish in Victoria has continued to get better and better in recent years which is wonderful news for local anglers.

Kingfish are unparalleled as they possess immense power and for this reason are rapidly growing in popularity as a species to target. Kingies can grow over a meter in length, have amazing fighting qualities, they generally school up in big numbers, are also a renowned table fish and are a very welcome bycatch for those who may have been out in deeper waters targeting species such as Tuna.

 

Size

Can grow well over a meter in length

 

Legal Size

60 cm

 

Bag Limit

5

 

Bait Recommendations

Big bait such as a full squid or pilchard has produced good results

 

Lure Recommendations

From the boat vertical jigging has been one of the most successful techniques which is done by dropping a vertical jig and hopping it up and down trying to get the attention of a big aggressive king.

 

Eating Rating

A renowned good table fish

 

Rod/Rig setup

Sports heavy duty setup is required. Something along the lines of 10-15 kilo rod such as a Shimano Terez or Wilson Live Fibre, A food reel option is the Saragose or if you can afford a Daiwa Saltiga or Shimano Stella reel in a 6000 size with 20 to 50 pound line then you cant go wrong.

 

Best times

Kingies are generally active between December through to March and can be located during most hours of the day

Snook fishing fishingmad.com.au
Gurnard fishing fishingmad.com.au

GURNARD

 

Size

details coming soon.....

 

Vic Legal Size

details coming soon.....

 

Vic Bag Limit

details coming soon.....

 

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