Snook local fish species facts and Limits. Snook also known as a shortfin pike are toothy critters that like shallow weedy areas. These long and fast silver fish are often a bycatch for those in Port Phillip bay targeting snapper, whiting and flathead. There not considered a good table fish but that’s OK as they are a lot of fun to catch on light gear.

Size & Limits: 

Minimum legal size limit of 30cm, with a daily bag limit of 10. They can grow over a meter in size and most commonly caught are between 30 and 45cm.

Scientific name

Sphyraena novaehollandiae

Bait Recommendations:

For bait we would recommend selecting small pieces of pilchard, peeled prawn, garfish and squid.

Lure Recommendations:

Snook love natural looking soft plastics retrieved at medium pace. This would include minnows, paddle tails, and grubs. They also love shallow/mid diving hard body lures again retrieved at a medium pace. Metal slugs and blades trolled slowly also work very well. When bait fishing a simple running sinker rig will work best.


Handle with car these guys have rows of razor sharp teeth that can do serious damage. This is particularly important when fishing from a kayak or boat. They will often shred your soft plastics and lures so make sure you have extra with you if that’s what your targeting.

Rod/Rig setup:

Even though snook have sharp teeth and are likely to break your leader its still best to target them with light gear that you would generally use for bream and flathead. 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.

Great locations to target them

Port Melbourne, Werribee, Geelong, Mornington, Flinders

Best times:

Snook can be caught during most months and times of the year.