Ling is an interesting fish species with a slender body and elongated tail which makes it look similar to an eel. It’s found in the southern part of Australian waters. They are often caught as bycatch in deep waters within Bass straight and Port Phillip Bay. Generally renowned as a good eating fish.

Size & Limits

Minimum legal size is 30cm with a daily bag limit of 5 over legal size

Scientific name

Genypterus spp

Bait Recommendations

Standard baits such as fresh pilchard tails, and squid hoods or tentacles work well for ling

Lure Recommendations

Typically Ling is taken on the staple range of baits listed above

Rod/Rig setup

Most of our catches for ling have been on paternoster rigs in deep water. Often catching them as bycatch when targeting other species.

Great locations to target them

We have caught these in deep waters in big sizes around Portland and smaller versions off Port Phillip Bay.

Recreational fishing guide

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

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