Leather Jackets local fish species facts and Limits. Leather Jackets come in many different types in Victoria such as the six-spinned, Chinaman,  Horseshoe, toothbrush, Mosiac 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 shallow reefs and weedy areas around Williamstown, Mornington, Geelong, Queenscliff, Blairgowrie, Altona, Rickets point and Flinders

Scientific name:

Monacanthidae

Size & limits:

There is no minimum legal size limit but a daily bag limit of 20. We find that most leather jackets caught are between 20cm to 30 cm, but can grow just beyond 50cm in size.

Bait Recommendations:

Small pieces of prawn, pilchard, mullet, silver whiting, squid or mussels

Lure Recommendations:

We 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. We recommend a light 1-3 or 2-4 kilo spin rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a light 1000-2500 size reel, spooled with 4 pound or 6 pound line and leader. They have sharp teeth and will bite through thin line occasionally. For the rig ideally a small long shank hook with a very small running pea size sinker or no sinker or unweighted.

Best times:

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