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Catch Fish

There’s a new emphasis on amateur Fishing from the Victorian government that should help us all catch fish.

Starting with the “Target One Million” campaign, free boat ramps and the wonderful restocking and environmental improvement efforts led by the Fisheries department.

Finally, the revenue raised by the government from boating licenses, boat and trailer registrations and fishing licenses is being returned in terms of supporting the multi-billion dollar recreational fishing industry and enthusiasts.  Fishing in Victoria is looking brighter.

Catch Fish: Fishing FAQ

What fish can you catch in Victoria?

People catch fish in an incredible variety of locations in Victoria.  One constant is true.  Unless you are a member of an exempt group you’ll need to buy a Victorian fishing license to fish Victorian waters.  A New South Wales fishing license is needed to fish the Murray River, even on the Victorian side.

While the state is temperate and much cooler than other parts of Australia during Winter it can become extremely hot in summer.

In the ocean, bays, inlets and estuaries target species include bream, mullet, flathead and whiting. Plus snapper, Australian Salmon, Silver Trevally, Calamari (squid) and even gummy shark are all commonly sought after species.

In freshwater, you can catch species such as Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Blackfish, Redfin, trout, eels and even the insidious European Carp (often referred to, with distaste, as “Mud Marlin” in Australia.)

What do you need to catch fish in Victoria?

The equipment and even baits used are pretty much the same as those used around Australia.  With some smaller differences according to species.

Choose a rod according to the conditions and species you intend to fish.  Larger rods (10′ or longer) are a good choice for casting long distances – for example, when fishing beaches, surf and even the ends of some piers.

Shorter rods (9′ and below) make a great choice for piers, estuaries, rivers and lakes where the cast distances are less and overhanging trees make long rods impossible to use.

Smaller reels for smaller rods is the general rule of thumb.  Buying a rod and reel combo, when you’re starting out, is a good way to achieve the right length to weight balance for your equipment.

Line weight, unless you’re targetting heavyweight species, is usually best kept as light as possible.  Generally no heavier than 10lb’s.

Bait and hook sizes depend on the species you’re targetting.  Smaller hooks do not mean smaller fish.  However, larger hooks generally only hook fish with mouths large enough to swallow the bait and hook.  Which is – common sense!

In freshwater baits such as worms, yabbies, dough, corn and even chicken are used for different species.

In saltwater whitebait, pilchards, squid, octopus, pipis, bread and chicken are common baits.

The wide range of artificial lures such as spinners, poppers, surface and deep diving lures are all used to great effect.  As our the soft-plastic lures whose use seems to grow with each passing year.

By Dave - from Getfished!


Dave spends most of his time split between fishing, working on Getfished and on boating and kayak fishing. After 30+ years as a programmer spending more time as a fisho has allowed him to grow his passion for the hobby. Running Getfished has meant Dave's been able to share some of the places he loves to fish at. As well as some of his favourite tackle and gear.