Fishing Report – March 11th, 2018


The fish are being caught in very big numbers at the moment and most groups are being very responsible and keeping a few for the dinner plate and releasing all the rest. On Saturday March 10th we had the entire fleet of boats out on glass-like water conditions during the morning. The biggest fish tally for a single group was 40+ and all Early Bird Starters landed at least 10 fish. By mid morning the groups were catching 5-10 fish and by midday a few groups caught nothing. Nearly all the fish were pinky snapper and bucket-loads of flathead.

The month of March will see the really big snapper back on the bite before they depart the bay after their breeding activities. This is a month you do not want to miss as the trophy size fish usually get landed in big numbers over a 3-4 week period. No tricks or magic, just be on the water as early as possible after sunrise, have high quality bait and hang on tight to your rod!

A lot of pinky sized snapper (ideal pan size for eating) are being caught along with high numbers of flathead. Garfish have made an appearance in very large schools and the best bait is silverfish on a size 12 long shank hook under a float. Whiting are starting to be landed with a 50cm+ giant being bagged this week. The rockets of the sea (Australian Salmon) are also taking baits and silver surface lures … hang on when they bite as they take off with incredible speed and power.

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Best baits are squid cut into strips, pilchards and pippies. We currently open at 6.30am with last boats in by 6.00pm … mornings are always best as the water is calmer and the fish are on the bite. Fish are being caught throughout the day.

Most Summer afternoons are too windy for boating, get out on the water early in the morning!

Our Famous Five Hotspots are still keeping everybody busy with Pinnacles and Old Faithful continuing to get the best results. When the weather is calm a slow drift without using the anchor is a great tactic to fish a large area … you might lose a few hooks and sinkers on snags though. At Bluey’s we have super fresh bait and all the tackle you need to catch your dream fish and we will give you tips and advice on where they are biting and what bait is working best.

click here for the Famous Five Hotspot map

Click this link to see our new GOT THE LOT Package (You Save $50!) which includes our best Extreme boat, 4 premium hire rods rigged and ready, 1kg pilchards bait, 400gm of squid bait … and you also get to keep the 41 piece tackle pack (25 chemically sharpened hooks, sinkers and swivels). All our hires also include all the fuel, safety equipment hire, inflatable life jacket hire and bucket and net hire.

Our opening hours are:

Oct 1st to April 30th – Open Selected Days Mid-Week (Hire kiosk opens doors at 6.30am, weather depending)


The area around Mordialloc has the reputation as the premium Snapper location on Port Phillip Bay and Bluey’s is the only boat hire operation that provides access to the waters around the Famous Five reef systems. Just 5-15 minutes by boat and you are right in the middle of the action! We see 5kg+ snapper on our hire boats every year with the occassional 10kg monster being landed. The photos and smiles are always awesome.

A Dusky Flathead (Platycephalus fuscus). Fairy Bower, Manly, NSW
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