Melbourne Kingfish
  |  First Published: December 2011

This is the time of year when you are a real chance of encountering a yellowtail kingfish within 100km of the Melbourne CBD.

Port Phillip, Western Port and the Bass Strait waters that join them hold good numbers of kings.

All you have to do is find them and then be good enough to stop them.


The warm summer month tend to attract kingfish as water temperatures hit their season peak. Areas such as the Nobbies, Seal Rocks, Cape Schanck, Port Phillip heads and the Mornington Peninsula are all great places to start looking. Last year, they all produced great numbers of kingfish ranging from 1-15kg at this time.


This is dependent on where you are fishing and the likely size of your opponent. As most of the fish you will encounter are around 1-4kg, try a Nexave 4000 reel spooled with 10-20lb Fins braid. A Shimano Nexave 662 Barra spin rod will be a perfect match. This outfit is ideal for trolling small lures, casting plastics and even fishing unweighted bait down a berley trail.


This is simple. Just attach around a rod length of Nitlon DFC fluorocarbon leader to your main line via your preferred braid to mono knot. I find the back-to-back uni good enough for most situations. Then it is just a matter of tying your chosen lure on, and you are away.


Lures are the way to go on these smaller fish. Try Squidgy Flickbaits in natural patterns either side of, and including, the 110mm. Sluggos are also an excellent option with white the stand out colour.


Troll a good quality teaser and fish a couple of hardbodied minnows along side. The teaser will raise the fish, which should then in turn strike your lures. Once you have fish hooked, you can then cast plastics with your intention to keep a hooked fish in the water at all times. This will hold the school at the boat for the longest possible period.


The kings are here simply due to the increase in water temperature and abundant bait. Use this to your advantage by fishing at the right time of year for your target species.


Towing a live or fresh dead bait such as a garfish or calamari is also a very effective method, especially for big kings.

Kingfish like this one are a now a real possibility in and around Port Phillip and Western Port.

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