Fishing Report – January 9th, 2018


The BIG RED SNAPPER are here now! Summer weather means the water has rapidly warmed up and the fish have become more aggressive for food. Fish are being caught with snapper, flathead, salmon and garfish taking baits. Snapper Season is now in full swing and the Hungry Red Beasts are being landed … every year we see a 10kg+ monster … get out there!

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.

Mornington Boat Hire     snapper1

KingGeorgeWhiting    Salmon

Best baits are squid cut into strips, pilchards and pippies. We currently open at 6.00am 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 All Days (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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