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.

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The minimum legal size is 30cm with a daily bag limit of 5 over the legal size, with a scientific name of Genypterus spp. Good baits for Ling include your Standard baits such as fresh pilchard tails, and squid hoods or tentacles work well for ling. Most of our catches for ling have been on paternoster rigs in deep water. Often catching them as bycatch when targeting other species. We have caught these in deep waters in big sizes around Portland and smaller versions off Port Phillip Bay.

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