PHILLIP ISLAND - FISHING INFO

MOST COMMON FISH CAUGHT AT PHILLIP ISLAND

AUSTRALIAN SALMON

(bay trout, salmon trout (VIC), sambo, cockie salmon, blackback (TAS), buck salmon (WA), colonial salmon)

MINIMUM LEGAL SIZE
21cm - CATCH LIMIT: no limit

TACKLE
2-8kg line with 10kg monotrace with No. 4 Beak or ganged hooks with a light running sinker
In shallow spots and sand flats standard bottom rigs are effective


BAIT
Beach and sandworms, pilchards, garfish, pippies, whitebait, fresh fish, squid
Known to prefer lighter-coloured bait


SNAPPER


(pinkies, pink snapper, cockney bream, reddies, red snapper, reef snapper, school snapper, black snapper

TACKLE
Sharp hooks from 2/0 to 6/0 with 4-8kg line and a running sinker rig with the lightest sinker weight for the conditions

BAIT
Fresh or live fish, garfish, WA pilchards, squid, flathead fillets, octopus, mullet, mussels, the more gory and bait the better



SILVER TREVALLY


white trevally, blurters, croakers, silvers, skipjack trevally, skippy

MINIMUM LEGAL SIZE

20cm - CATCH LIMIT: no limit

The most common trevally in Victorian waters, the silver trevally is a tenacious fighter
and uses its body shape to great effect when hooked, often making anglers believe they have a much bigger fish
These fast fish belong to the same family as yellowtail, pilot fish, runner, dart, turrum, queenfish,
samson fish and kingfish and have a powerful body built for a fight


WHERE
Estuaries, reefs and open headlands, often caught from ocean breakwaters

TACKLE
Light tackle with 1/0 or 3/0 baitholder or suicide pattern hook, small metal lures
BAIT
Fish strips, whole peeled prawns, squid, worms, whitebait, pippies



KING GEORGE WHITING


spotted whiting, black whiting, South Australian whiting

MINIMUM LEGAL SIZE

27cm - BAG/POSSESSION LIMIT: 20

WHERE
Juveniles are found in bays, inlets, estuaries and other shallow, sheltered coastal waters usually close to seagrass beds
Adult fish are thought to have an increasing preference for deeper channels and a decreasing dependence on seagrass habitats

TACKLE
For the best sport use light tackle: 2-4kg line and a No.4 long shank hook with the lightest sinker conditions allow
rigged as a running sinker with a metre hook leader, or as a drop sinker on 0.5 metres of line below a 1-metre leader


BAIT
Whiting can be selective feeders and fresh, soft bait is the best, pippies, mussel, skinned squid and worms



SWEEP



MINIMUM LEGAL SIZE

23cm - CATCH LIMIT: no limit

A popular angling fish with good table qualities, sweep are targeted on various parts of the Victorian coastline
They are a full-bodied fish which inhabits breaking waters near the edge of bomboras
in shallow water near wharves, breakwaters and rocks


TACKLE
Small hooks with bait drifted down on lightly weighted rigs

BAIT
Peeled prawn, fish strips, squid. Try berley over shallow reefs



FLATHEAD
 


MINIMUM LEGAL SIZE

(all species): 25cm - CATCH LIMIT: no limit

Dusky flathead can reach 1.3 metres and 15kg although most catches of flathead in Victoria are less than 35cm


WHERE
Sand and mud bottoms of bay inlets, estuaries and shallow coastal waters

TACKLE
Long shank or suicide hooks in sizes No.1 to No.3

BAIT
Fresh or frozen prawns (rigged to bounce over the bottom behind a heavy sinker)
fish strips, pilchards, pippies, squid. Lures and saltwater flies will also work well




ELEPHANT FISH



MINIMUM LEGAL SIZE

no minimum - CATCH LIMIT: 3

Elephant fish are actually a form of shark and have cartilaginous skeletons
Common along the southern Australian coast and particularly in Western Port Bay around late Summer, early Autumn
Try Rhyll and Corinella

FISHING LICENCES

A recreational fishing licence is required for all forms of recreational fishing in all of Victoria's marine, estuarine and freshwaters
It is not necessary to purchase separate licences for each
The Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL) applies to the taking, or attempting to take, of any species of fish by any method,
which means it covers more than just line fishing.
Other activities such as bait collection, gathering shellfish, yabby fishing
prawning and spear fishing are also covered by the licence.

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