Elephant fish local fish species facts and Limits. 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.
Elephant fish size and catch limits
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
Bait recommendations for elephant fish
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 for elephant fish
details coming soon…..
General tips for catching 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.
Elephant fish 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 and rig setup for elephant fish
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.
Best times to catch 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
Recreational fishing guide
You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities web link
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