Southern rock lobsters are targeted in Victoria using beehive shaped pots. The pots were once made from tea-tree but now the favoured material is a steel frame covered with netting. The pots are baited with whole fish (pilchards or mullet) or fish heads (Australian salmon) that attract rock lobsters. The pots are usually set mid afternoon and hauled in the early the next day.
The lobsters are measured as they are removed from the pot with the undersize ones being returned directly to the water. Wet-wells or tanks of seawater hold the live lobsters until the boat returns to port.