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We'll Help You Catch More Fish

Chris doing a little R&D.

Situated in the heart of the CBD and with the largest range of fishing tackle in Melbourne, the Compleat Angler is the most accessible tackle store to Melbourne's CBD workers and shoppers.

The Compleat Angler also has the staff with the know-how so you'll walk out with the right fishing gear and the knowledge to get the most out of it.

Over 40 years ago Jim Allen started the first Compleat Angler store in Melbourne's CBD. The next four decades saw him build a chain of stores that epitomised the true specialty tackle store; knowledgeable staff, a collection of the world's newest and most innovative tackle, competitive pricing and exceptional customer service. Many products that would become household names amongst Australian anglers were first found on the shelves of Compleat Angler stores.

Of course there are all the household names you know and love to choose from; Daiwa, Shimano, Penn, Nitro, Okuma, Halco, Yakamito, Pakula, Gamakatsu, Tassie Devil, Rapala, Squidgy, Owner, River2Sea, Yamashita, Costa, Tonic, Lunker City, Cranka and many more. We also carry a range of Fly Fishing and Fly Tying gear, if you need any help with your next flyfishing adventure we can help you out.

Owner Chris Baty has been behind the counter of retail fishing stores for over 30 years and his knowledge of fishing has seen him write for national magazines, co-host fishing radio shows along with being a regular guest on Micah Adam's Adventure Angler series.

Manager Michael Winterton has spent the better part of his life in the tackle trade as well as running a successful guiding business in the NT. He has also guided throughout Tasmania's Highlands and has fished across Australia and around the world. It's knowledge that you can draw on yourself so you too can become a better angler. Learn new knots, keep up to date with cutting edge techniques or find out about new exotic fishing locations. 

Our aim is to help you catch more fish and get more enjoyment out of your fishing. Obviously if you are fishing around Melbourne we've got you covered but we also cater to the travelling angler too.

Opening Hours

Monday 9.00am - 5.30pm

Tuesday 9.00am - 5.30pm

Wednesday 9.00am - 5.30pm

Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm

Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm

Saturday 9.00am - 2.00pm

Sunday - Closed

Please note our store is closed most Public Holidays so please give us a call on 0396203320 to check before making the trek into town.

“As a keen sports fisherman working long hours in Melbourne’s CBD it is wonderful to have built up a strong relationship with Chris and his team over the years. This has definitely helped me catch more fish with the appropriate gear (see tackle junkie!) when I do get out on the water.”

“There is also the added bonus of getting on board one of the great fishing trips that Chris organises regularly for his clients. Having been out on Port Phillip Bay with Chris (and Matt Hunt) and twice to WA getting smashed by giant Samson Fish it is the perfect way to put my gear to good use.”

Julian Freney-Mills - Stockbroker

There is no doubt that without Compleat Angler’s support Pakula Tackle would never have made it. They were the first to support us to the point they gave us advances to buy raw materials. Their dedication to servicing their customers and suppliers was and is as good as it gets.

Over the years they sent staff to the Gold Coast to do Pakula Schools, Chris Baty being one of the attendees. They also arranged staff training days in house and held lectures and meet and greet at their stores. Our relationship with Compleat Angler, in particular and Chris Baty has been going for around 24 years.

Chris has an incredible wealth of knowledge when it comes to helping his customers gain success in all forms of fishing, including the use of Pakula products.

Peter Pakula - Pakula Tackle

Hi Chris,

I thought I would drop you a quick note to thank you for helping me plan for my most recent fishing trips. 
Wether its chasing tuna off Portland on 4kg tackle, or monster GTs in the tropics your knowledge, advice and ideas are second to none, that's why I regularly pass several of your competitor's stores to shop with you and the boys.
Andrew Pennisi - Pennisi Real Estate

The moment I hit Melbourne, whether I'm there for business or pleasure, I make a bee line for Flinders Lane... and not just to seek out some of the great restaurants and coffee shops down that way! I go there because the second floor of 383 Flinders Lane is home to my ultimate toy shop... The Compleat Angler Melbourne is a veritable Aladdin's Cave of treats and surprises for the seriously addicted fisho. I defy any keen angler to spend an hour in there between those tightly-packed shelves and not find something that they simply must have! It's quite simply one of the best little tackle shops on the planet.

Steve 'Starlo' Starling - Fishing Writer/Presenter

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