What kind of fishing tackle should I use to fish creeks?
Creeks are nearly always narrow waterways. The exception is where they meet the sea in an estuary system where the creek can often become wider.
Many are permanent and semi-permanent. Others are dry, with water flowing only after rains. Permanent creeks are more likely to be successful for fishing, for obvious reasons.
Because of this they are often relatively shallow and can have a lot more overhanging branches and scrub. Generally smaller tackle is appropriate. Shorter rods – 6-foot up to 9-foot being the max. Generally the shorter the better.
What fish species can be targeted in creeks?
Freshwater species include imports such as redfin, European carp and trout. Native species include Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Blackfish, eels and catfish.
Eels are surprisingly common in suburban creeks around Melbourne. I used to meet many people, decades ago now, who used to target and eat eels. This seems to be less common now. Frequently they’d pickle their catch. Though extreme care must be taken handling eels as their teeth are razor sharp and they’re not afraid to use them. They are also able to live out of the water for extended periods.
In creek estuaries, bream and mullet are common catches. While whiting, salmon and even pinky snapper can be caught at times.