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Rock Walls

Some of the best Victorian land-based fishing is to be had from rock walls.

These are usually man-made structures, often forming protective harbours for boats.

The habitat they create for marine life makes them attractive for species such as flathead, snapper, whiting and of course calamari.

Rock Walls: Fishing FAQ

What kind of fish can be caught off Victoria's Rock Walls?

Most rock walls are located off coastal ocean spots, bay or estuaries in Victoria.  Some freshwater opportunities exist, but they are nowhere near as common in my experience.

In the ocean bays and estuaries, common species include flathead, bream, mullet, both immature “pinky snapper” and adult snapper.

What are good baits for Rock Wall fishing?

A lot of people use traditional baits very effectively.

These include pipis, pilchards, squid, mullet, beach worms, prawns etc.

Others flick lures and have significant success.

One of my own personal favourites off of rock walls is chicken liver.

While hard to keep on the hook (I wrap mine around the hook in elastic thread available at tackle shops) it is a very bloody bait and tends to attract both pinky snapper, adult snapper and flathead successfully.  Often reducing the amount of burley I need to deploy.

What tackle should I chose for Rock Wall fishing?

This, as always depends on conditions and the species you are targetting.

While a long rod (12 foot or longer) is good for casting out into reefs just offshore a smaller setup is often more nimble and easier to manage.

For most people, I’d recommend a 9-foot general purpose spinning rod with matching reel.

My preferred rigs are either paternoster, running or a combination “break-off” rig when targetting snapper and flathead in challenging, snag prone areas.

A break off rig allows the sinker to break off when retrieving a fish, should it get snagged in crevices, kelp beds etc.

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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.