Snapper Charters Port Phillip Bay


Name   Snapper Charters Port Phillip Bay
Target Fish   Snapper (Pagrus Auratus)
Time on water   Approximately 5 hrs
Time of year   October – December
Time of week   7 days a week
Departure Times   5am, 10am, 3pm
Departure Point   Patterson Lakes Boat Ramp, 1 Launching Way, Carrum, Melbourne
Price Range  $99-150 per person depending on time and numbers
Boat Capacity   Max 10 people
Best deals   Early October and mid week Tues – Thurs

Full Charter Details

When is the best time to catch Snapper in Melbourne

The best time to catch this fish is at the end of the year – between October and January. This is when the water temperature warms up in the bay enough to draw the Snapper in from the Bass Strait. We run 3 charters daily, 7 days a week during the season so it doesn’t matter whether your a morning or night person. Note: the departure times below will vary a little depending on tides,  so use it as a rough guide only.

  • 5am-10am
  • 10am-3pm
  • 3pm-8pm

Where is the best place to catch Snapper in Melbourne?

Port Phillip Bay is the body of water that surrounds Melbourne to the south. You can catch Snapper all along the coast of Australia but they tend to venture close into the Port Phillip Bay with the onset of the warmer water flowing into the bay typically mid to late October. The bay is quite large and varies in depth. However, we’ve been fishing and running charters for over 30 years in and around Melbourne and know some secret spots, usually around some underwater ‘structure’ or natural sea bed formations which increase the chance of finding fish. Adding a burley trail will also increase your chances as Port Phillip Bay is quite a large area of water. 

Where do our Charters leave from?

Our Snapper charters leave from Patterson’s lakes boat ramp at 1 Launching Way, Carrum, Melbourne, Victoria. See the Google map below. You best bet is to drive there and use the parking or get the train to Carrum station and walk a few blocks to the boat ramp. The boat ramp area is called “Launching Way”.


Why Choose us?

  • We are one of the original charter companies in Melbourne and owner Steve has been fishing all his life – Experience matters
  • You can find cheaper prices on larger boats with more capacity, but this tends to limit your chances of catching anything. We only take a maximum of 10 people and have lots of rods to go around.
  • Unlike some operators, we only run our snapper fishing charters when the fish are in high numbers i.e. we avoid running charters too early or too late to increase the chance of you actually catching something.
  • We like to be professional but also crack a joke to two to make sure you have a good time on the water.

What fish do you catch on this charter?

We specifically target only Snapper on this charter although you can sometimes catch other species. They are a very good eating fish and can fight very hard. Typically you’ll catch anything from juvenile snapper called ‘pinkies’ through to your 0.8-1kg place sized fish (perfect for eating) through to trophy fish sized specimens around the 10-12kg mark.

How much does this charter cost

Much like booking flights, our prices vary depending on when you want to go and general demand at the time. Weekends are always very popular and book out in advance as do Friday afternoon and some Mondays, especially with RDO’s.

Individuals – Standard prices are $150pp however if we need to fill a space or two last minute you can get a better deal ($99-150pp). Always call to find out how our numbers are looking prior to your date of interest. If you let Steve know, we can add you to the standby list.

Groups – You can book the whole boat for a standard price of $810 for groups up to 6 people – We have a maximum capacity of 10 people so the price can be closer to $99 per person with larger groups. If you have more than 6 people call us for a large group quote for more specific pricing

How long is the fishing tour?

It’s a half day charter of approximately 5 hours and we run these thrice daily. As we mentioned above, the times of departure vary depending on the tides. Contact us for an accurate idea of when this would be.

What you need to bring

The boat, rods, reels and bait/burley are all supplied. You need to bring the following…

  • Drinks, food, appropriate clothing (always bring a jacket), sunglasses to protect from sun glare, personal esky (for your fish or drinks), sunscreen, fishing licence (can be purchased at the launching way office or online).

Snapper Fishing Reports and Pictures

The best way to find out about our recent catches is to visit our Facebook Page which we update nearly every day and even during a charter tour live. Alternatively, just give Steve a ring and ask him how things are in the Bay. He generally doesn’t go out if the conditions are poor as it tends to not be very fun for everyone.


Video of some of our Snapper Charters Port Phillip Bay