Garfish local fish species facts and Limits. 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 & limits:
They can grow to 50cm in length but are most commonly caught between 20cm and 30 cm. There is no minimum legal size limit but a daily bag limit of 40.
Maggots, glacies, or small pieces of prawn, silverfish, pilchard or Pipi
Garfish have very small mouth so targeting them with lures is very difficult making bait a more logical choice.
Garfish are quite bony fish but overall are an excellent eating fish with sweet flesh.
Chase garfish using a pencil or quill float for best success with some glacies or live maggots
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
Garfish can be caught all year round at anytime of the day.