Fishing Report – January 2020
January is the last month of peak Snapper Season and fishing does not get easier than this time of year. A typical boat hire group will catch 20+ fish in a session with a lot of juvenile pinkies, a few pan sized keepers and occassionaly a big trophy fish as well. The bigger snapper are often reeled in next to the boat and then they break the line with a massive last minute swish of their giant tail. If you want to land the big boys you will need to upgrade your line size (we recommend 10kg+ line), have chemically sharpened large hooks, well maintained drags on your reel, be extremely careful with your knots and always have a net ready with a person concentrating on getting the fish into the net with one smooth action. If you have never experienced the peak of Snapper Season you do not know what you are missing. Flathead are also still on the bite by the bucket load. Many other species are being landed …. photos and big smiles all round! Early mornings are a must if you want to catch the big fellas!
NEWSFLASH – We are seeing Snapper landed most days in the 3kg+ range. The monster specimens are breaking lines with ease.
Best baits are squid cut into strips, pilchards and pippies. Mornings are always best as the water is calmer and the fish are on the bite. Fish are being caught throughout the day.
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.
We are Open 7 Days a Week with boating subject to safe weather conditions.
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.