Victorian estuaries are great fishing environments.
From the far south-west coast, the central region with the Yarra and Maribyrnong, the massive Lakes Entrance and surrounding waterways. Capped off with river and creeks across to the far eastern border.
The Lakes Entrance waterway is notable as Victoria’s largest estuary system.
See the Fishing Victoria’s Estuaries FAQ
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Fishing Victoria’s Estuaries FAQ
By far the most sought after fish species in the Black Bream.
However, catches of mullet, flathead, Australian Salmon, Pinky SnapperPinky Snapper The name "Pinky Snapper" refers to the immature Snapper. Their skin colour is different from adults (its pinker.)
Adulthood is usually considered on fish greater than 40cm - or in the 1.5 to 2kg - range, with darker red colouration.
Pinky Snapper Pre-Tied Rigs, Tommy Rough, Whiting and even Squid (Calamari) are very uncommon.
Larger species include the Mulloway – not a common catch but targetted by many anglers hoping for a powerful fighting fish.
By-catch species include the puffer fish or “toady.” While they may seem like a nuisance they are an essential species to the ecosystem and are 100% protected in Australian waters. So they must be returned, unharmed, into the water as quickly as possible.
Generally lighter tackle works better in most estuary systems – unless targetting species such as Mulloway.
So a 2000 to 4000 sized reel on a 6 to a 9-foot rod is generally correct.
Light lines under 10lb are preferable, with a leader if desired.
PaternosterPaternoster Rig rigs are common, though a running sinkerRunning Sinker can be effective as well.
Estuary baits include whitebait, pilchards, squid, octopus, pipis, sandworms, prawns, chicken and even earthworms.
Lures, particularly soft plasticsSoft Plastic Lure , work extremely well in Victorian estuaries.
Many anglers deploy float systems to suspend their bait and this method can be very effective.