Redfin local fish species facts and Limits. Redfin “English Perch” are an introduced species brought in from Europe in the 1860’s. They have thrived in our environment and can be found in most rivers and lakes around Victoria. Some consider redfin to be a breeding noxious pest, however we at FishingMad simply love them. There a great bread and butter species. They can be caught on both lures and bait, they look amazing with characteristic red fins and green and black stripes, they are a great table fish with a lovely taste and a great species to introduce kids into fishing.
Size & limits:
There are no size limit for Redfin, but we will never quite understand why people keep the small ones. Redfin school up and can be caught in big numbers. Around Victoria the most common catches are between 20cm and 30cm. Though they can grow up to just over 50cm, which is considered the magical mark for anglers to target. There are no bag limits, and the VIC DEPI would encourage you not to release redfin to encourage other species like Trout and native species such as Golden Perch to flourish.
Scrub worms, earth worms, fresh water yabbies
Click here to read our detailed guide on the best lures for catching redfin. Redfin are a predatory fish, there not to fussy and will have a go at most lures. Good options include soft plastics, spinners, blades and hard bodies. A great starting point might be a brightly coloured soft plastic curly tail on a 1/8 – 1/12 ounce jig head.
The trick with fishing plastics is to let cast, then let the plastic sink to the bottom. Redfin will often strike a lure as its floating down to the bottom. Wait a few seconds then lift and retrieve a little bit then stop again allowing the plastic to hit the bottom. Alternatively a slow constant slow roll keeping the lure close to the bottom.
Redfin have sharp spikes on the dorsal fin and on the sides before the front fins these are referred to as gill rakers. Redfin breed in large numbers so keep moving around until you start getting bites. Cast in one area for a few minutes if you don’t get any bites then move on and keep doing this until you start getting some bites. Don’t be afraid to mix up colours and lure styles if the bite goes quiet. Some days bright colours work great the next day natural colours.
When targeting reddies on soft plastics ad lures 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. When bait fishing use a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 2500-3000 size reel. Then a paternoster rig with a small sinker at the bottom and a couple of scrub worms.
locations to target redfin:
Lake Eppalock, Lake Wendouree, Daylesford, Wurdi Buloc, Lake Hume, Lake Eildon, Rocklands Reservoir, Waranga Basin, Lake Purrumbete, Loddon River
Redfin are much more active in the warmer months, however some of the big ones can be caught during winter. There great to target in the first hours of sunlight and last hours of sundown, or on overcast days.