Using equipment in marine waters

Vic Fishing Rec Guide 2015

Lines, hooks and jigs

  • Lines engaged in fishing, whether attached to rods or hand reels, must be attended
  • Hooks: A gang of four hooks (i.e. linked together by the eye), a treble hook, a keeper hook or a single hook are each classed as one hook. Lures and squid jigs are also classed as one hook.
  • Keeper hook: An assembly of 2 hooks arranged to secure one bait in one position at the end of a line. The assembly has one hook attached to the end of the line and one hook capable of sliding down the same line and touching the attached hook when unbaited
  • Bait jig: Up to 6 unbaited lures with hooks less than 2 cm in length, attached to a line with a total rig length of up to 3 m.

A maximum of 4 lines per person whether attached to rods or not, are permitted in marine waters, with no more than 2 hooks or 1 bait jig attached to each line.

Bait pumps

Bait Pump
Bait pump

A maximum of one hand-operated suction bait pump with a barrel diameter not exceeding 8.5cm, may be used to extract burrowing shrimp (including Bass yabbies), marine worms and other invertebrate species. A sieve can be used in conjunction with the pump.

Hoop nets

Hoop net
Hoop net

A hoop net is a cylindrical net open at the top, consisting of 1 or 2 hoops not exceeding 77 cm in diameter. The net must not have a drop of more than 50 cm. Nets must be labelled. Rock lobster, crabs, yabbies and spiny freshwater crayfish may be taken with hoop nets. Catch limits apply.

Closed season for hoop nets

Each year, from 15 September to 15 November (inclusive) you must not use a hoop net in any marine water other than Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, the Gippsland Lakes or any inlet of the sea.

A maximum of 2 (labelled - see below) hoop nets may be used or possessed in, or on any marine water.

Gaff

A gaff can only be used to assist anglers to take or land fish (other than invertebrates). A gaff can only be used with a rod and line or handline. Flying gaffs or harpoons are only lawful recreational fishing equipment if they are barbless.

Electric reels

Electric reels are permitted for use by recreational fishers if they have a hand cranking mechanism, are fitted to a conventional recreational fishing rod and able to be hand held when retrieving fish.

Other types of powered devices are considered commercial fishing equipment and therefore prohibited for use by recreational fishers. If a person with a disability has a legitimate need to use a powered device other than a recreational electric reel, they may apply for a General Permit from Fisheries Victoria.

Bait traps

Bait trap
Bait trap

Funnel entrance diameter must not exceed 5 cm.

The height of the trap must be no more than 25 cm. The size of the trap must be less than 25 cm wide and 50 cm long.

A maximum of 2 (labelled - see below) bait traps are permitted per person.

Labelling

Cherries

Hoop nets and bait traps must be attached to a tag that remains above the water's surface with the recreational fisher's full name and place of residence clearly and legibly written.

Bait nets (Hauling nets)

A bait net must not exceed 6 m in length. Hauling ropes attached to each end also must not exceed 6 m. Bait nets do not include cast nets, which are prohibited.

You must not use a bait net to take bait in the following waters:

  • Port Phillip Bay and Western Port;
  • the North Arm and Cunningham Arm of Gippsland Lakes;
  • the waters of the Toorloo Arm and Nowa Nowa Arm of Lake Tyers that flow upstream of the lines shown on the map below;
  • Tamboon Inlet;
  • Sydenham Inlet.

A bait net is permitted to be in waters at least 30 m from any jetty or pier and at least 400 m from the mouth of any creek or river in the following waters:

  • Gippsland Lakes (excluding those of the North Arm and the Cunningham Arm);
  • Lakes Tyres (excluding those of the Toorloo Arm and Nowa Nowa Arm listed above and shown on the map below);
  • the Lower Lake of Mallacoota Inlet;
  • Corner Inlet;
  • Shallow Inlet;
  • Anderson Inlet;
  • any other marine waters that occur on the seaward side of the entrance of the mouth of any inlet or river.

map of Lakes Tyres areas where nets are prohibited

Dip net

Dip net
Dip net

A dip net consists of an open-faced net with a width and depth not exceeding 90 cm, attached to a handle. A maximum of 1 dip net may be used to take a variety of fish or invertebrate species, with or without a light.

Spear fishing

Spear fishing is permitted in some marine waters only. The use or possession of a spear gun or a hand-held spear, in, on or next to any inland water is prohibited.

The use of any spear or spear gun to take rock lobster is prohibited.

Hand held spear

Hand held spear
Hand held spear

A hand-held spear must not have any barbs or more than two prongs.

It may be used to take fish (other than rock lobster and abalone) in marine waters (but not waters listed below).

The use or possession of a hand-held spear is prohibited:

  • within 30 m of any jetty;
  • within 30 m of the mouth of any creek or river (see Definition);
  • in or on inland waters including Curdies Inlet, Tamboon Inlet, Upper Lake of Mallacoota Inlet, Swan Bay, Sydenham Inlet;
  • in or on the waters of Lower Lake of Mallacoota Inlet, the North Arm of Gippsland Lakes, Lake Tyers, Wingan Inlet and specified parts of Corner Inlet.

Spear guns (including slings)

Hawaiian sling
Hawaiian sling
Triggerd spear gun
Triggerd spear gun

A spear gun is a mechanical device or object that is capable of imparting propulsive energy to a spear or arrow.

A spear gun may be used to take fish (other than rock lobster) in marine waters (but not waters listed below):

The use or possession of a spear gun is prohibited:

  • within 30 m of any jetty;
  • within 30 m of the mouth of any creek or river (see Definition);
  • in or on inland waters including Curdies Inlet, Tamboon Inlet, Upper Lake and rivers of Mallacoota Inlet;
  • in or on the waters of Anderson Inlet, Corner Inlet, Lake Tyers, the Lower Lake at Mallacoota Inlet, Shallow Inlet, Wingan Inlet and the Gippsland Lakes (see below).

The use or possession of a spear gun is prohibited in the waters of the Gippsland Lakes except for those waters that are within:

  • 20 m of the 3 rocky groynes off the eastern end of Rigby Island;
  • 20 m of the 'barrier' in Hopetoun Channel located to the west of the barrier Landing;
  • 50 m of each of the compass beacons in Eagle Point Bay;
  • imaginary lines running from Wattle Point to Trouser Point and from Waddy Point to Pelican Point in Lake Victoria (see map below).

Spear Gun Map

You may possess a spear gun or hand-held spear in a boat on prohibited waters only if you are proceeding by the most direct route to, or from, a boat ramp or mooring to waters in which the use of a spear gun or hand-held spear is permitted.

When using equipment in marine waters please refer to intertidal restrictions.