fishing in structure


Plenty of Aussie sport fish love to lurk within structure. Others prefer to meander in close proximity to submerged objects and bolt directly for the structure when threatened or alarmed.

Here are some of the most popular structure-oriented species to target in Australian estuaries, rivers, reefs and coastal waters.


The iconic Barramundi is synonymous with structure fishing. Barramundi have an affinity for mangroves, timber, weed beds, rock bars or any type of object that they can hide in and then pounce on prey.

Barramundi are popular targets in tropical mangrove creeks and stocked impoundments. They can be targeted on large soft plastics in the dams and on hardbodies in the creeks.

Outfit: 5-8 kg baitcaster in the creeks, 8 kg spin outfit in the dams
Lures: Hardbodies the creeks, large shad plastics in the dams, poppers


Mangrove Jack are ferocious predators that savagely zip out to destroy prey and dive straight back into cover. When an angler is blown away in a tropical creek, mangrove Jack are the number one suspect.

Mangrove Jack can be found in freshwater creeks, estuaries and even coral reefs. They are an aggressive and powerful target species that love to hit a wide variety of lures. Soft vibe lures are particularly effective.

Outfit: 4-6kg baitcaster
Lures: Hardbodies, soft vibes, soft plastics, poppers


Australian Bass are prevalent in the rivers and impoundments along the East coast of Australia. Bass inhabit dense timber snags in the freshwater reaches of rivers and creeks. They are feisty fighters that hit hard and fight dirty.

Australian Bass have a particular penchant for insects and they come alive on the surface during the summer months when the cicadas take full flight. Targeting Bass with poppers is a favourite pastime for many sport fishers.

Outfit: 2-5kg spin, 3-5kg baitcaster, 7-weight fly outfit
Lures: Spinnerbaits, poppers, soft plastics, small hardbodies


Giant Trevally are found throughout tropical estuaries, inshore coastal areas and on coral reefs. Giant Trevally are renowned for savage aggression and unstoppable power. GT’s will obliterate lures, lines, reels and rods if you are not adequately prepared.

Small GT’s are fun to catch and are usually plentiful in schools. The larger specimens are more common on rocky outcrops, reefs, and headlands where individuals or pairs patrol near strong currents and destroy wayward baitfish.

Outfit: 15-20kg spin outfit
Lures: Large plastics, large poppers, large hardbodies


Kingfish are the pelagic brutes of temperate waters. Although Kingfish patrol open water they are never far from structure. If there is a reef, mooring rope, rocky outcrop or wreck in the vicinity, a hooked Kingfish will find it and destroy you.

Kingfish are a sleek and muscular fish that is built for speed. These remarkable fish exhibit incredible bursts of power and they have stamina to match. This presents a huge problem around structure and emphasises the importance of having adequate fish-stopping tackle.

Outfit: 8-10kg spin outfit
Lures: Soft plastics, metals, hardbodies, poppers


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Peter Hollingsworth
Peter Hollingsworth

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.