Elephant fish local fish species facts and Limits. Elephant Fish do share some characteristics of a shark but they 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. They are seasonal fish which come into select areas within Western port between March and May to spawn.

Scientific name:

Callorhinchus milii

Size & limits:

There are no minimum size limits, with a bag limit of 1. Elephant fish can grown up to 1.2 meters in length and 7 kilos in weight

Bait Recommendations:

Elephant fish are not fussy eaters and they will happily take a wide range of baits. Good bait options include pilchard, squid, mullet, salmon 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 we prefer to find a middle ground between both. Either a 3-5 or 4-6 kilo rod with 3000-4000 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 to-do list