Welcome to the Elephant Fish Fishing Guide. Elephant Fish get their name thanks to their unique look and elephant trunk-like snout. They use this snout to find and feed on small fish. They share similar characteristics of a shark with fins and scaleless body. They are an intriguing fish with a 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 and Port Phillip Bay throughout March and May to spawn.

With a scientific name of Callorhinchus milii. There are no minimum size limits but a bag limit of one elephant fish. Elephant fish can grow up to 1.2 meters in length and 7 kilos in weight. 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.

Bait to catch elephant fish

Elephant fish are not fussy eaters and they will happily take a wide range of baits. We recommend using

  • pilchard
  • Squid
  • salmon
  • trevally
  • slimy mackerel
  • Octopus
  • Eel
  • mullet
  • yakka’s
  • garfish
  • pipis

Remembering that fresh baits are the best option, Elephant fish have very strong senses foraging for food this is why fresh oily baits work well.

How to catch elephant fish

During spawning season they are quite easy to find and catch, however, they do have a strong sense and respond well to berley. There are beautiful and unique looking create remember to follow the size and catch limits and where possible use catch and release fishing practices.

You can target elephant fish using your snapper rod combos. You can also target them using your whiting and bream combos. 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 a strong leader to a circle hook is a great option. This can also be achieved using an easy-rig to a swivel and leader. Paternoster rigs with chunks of fresh bait are also good setups to target elephant fish.

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

Best locations to catch elephant fish

Great locations include

  • Western Port
  • Tendy Point
  • Stockyard point
  • Anderson inlet
  • Cape Wooamai
  • Corinella Pier
  • Barwon River
  • Lang Lang
  • Anglesea
  • Port Phillip Bay

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities web link

Additions or Corrections for this fish species

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