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There’s a new emphasis on amateur Fishing from the Victorian government that should help us all catch fish.
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.
I keep mentioning burley (chum) and attractants – and I’m going to mention them here again. In the following sections, I’ll explain in more details. But suffice to say for the moment – I always use a burley pot when beach fishing for flathead. I also always use attractants. There are two main ways of [...]
The Berley & Attractants For Flathead that you use are just as attractive to small baitfish. So this makes perfect sense for the flathead. Free food. What it means to you is you’re bringing the fish to you. I nearly always use berley. Whether it be a pier, a beach, an estuary or even a [...]
With the advent of soft plastics choosing the best Flathead Bait has become a little more complex. Some soft plastics are made of biodegradable materials. Others, particularly some cheaper imports from China, are literally lumps of plastic. While I find it a great deal of fun to use soft plastics their use concerns me in [...]
Choosing a location with seagrasses for King George Whiting is a good starting point. These days I use Google Maps satellite imagery to assist in finding locations. Some maps will show reefs, rocks, holes and seagrass areas. Seagrass is where whiting finds their food – along with the advantage of being able to hide. An important [...]
The right Rod & Reel for flathead is pretty subjective. Just about any working modern fishing rod is going to work. While I own many brands of rods, my first ever fishing rod was made of Rangoon cane, my favourites are the Shimano. Shimano rods vary in price, from entry-level to professional. In my opinion, [...]
There are several ways of approaching these structures. Like all fishing, it’s important to first get the lay off the land, as it were. I strongly recommend you use a tool like Google Maps satellite images for the location you intend to fish. Studying that will show you features in the water, off the pier, [...]
Unless you’re needing to cast incredible distances for some reason you can generally use estuary rods up to around 8 or 9-foot in length for flathead estuary fishing. The usual flathead baits and lures work just as well here. Prawns, baitfish even sand or beach worms. Good spots are often where the estuary has sandy [...]
Before getting into flathead fishing hints dealing with how to catch them a word of warning about Australian flathead. Just behind their gill plates, they have spines that carry a mild venom. It isn’t likely to kill you but it can hurt like crazy. Especially if it slices open or stabs an unwary hand or [...]
There are several ways of approaching Flathead Off Piers, Breakwaters, Rock Walls etc. Like all fishing, it’s important to first get the lay off the land, as it were. I strongly recommend you use a tool like Google Maps satellite images for the location you intend to fish. Studying that will show you features in [...]
Berley, Berley Gotta Use Berley I always recommend using berley. A combination of whatever you’re using as bait, breadcrumbs or chicken pellets. Either dip them in one of the tuna oil/aniseed juice mixes or buy a pre-mixed berley pellet bag. Don’t berley enough to take away from your bait. Just enough to get the fish [...]
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.)
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.