Fishing Report – April 2019

Whats Hot

April is the mid month of Autumn and the boats and fishing are still at their popular peak. We usually see Big Snapper being landed during April as they fill up after their breeding season before they head out of the bay until next season. A lot of fish are being caught regularly and nearly every boat is catching heaps of pan sized Pinky Snapper and enormous amounts of flathead. With so many fish being caught it great to see that most groups are being very responsible and only keeping a few fish and letting the others go to grow bigger and fight another day. No tricks or magic, just be on the water, have high quality bait and wear a jumper. Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

IMPORTANT FACT – Nearly every day gets windy in the afternoon … always go boating in the morning … the calmest water is at sunrise before the heat of the day creates the winds and the waves.

A lot of pinky sized snapper (ideal pan size for eating) are being caught along with high numbers of flathead. 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.

Mornington Boat Hire     snapper1

KingGeorgeWhiting    Salmon

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.

click here for the Famous Five Hotspot map

Our opening hours are:

September 1st to April 30th – Open Every Weekend, open midweek subject to boatable 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.

A Dusky Flathead
Fish in Bucket
Mornington Boat Hire